Hello out there! Happy summer!
We just sent out Njacko’s July newsletter, and you can view it online here.
Njacko is looking forward to teaching at two different summer camps. The first camp, Africa Week at Garrison Creek Art Education Centre, is for children ages 4-10 and runs the week of July 22-26. You can find out more about the camp, including how to register (which you need to do soon!), at garrisoncreekartcentre.ca. Njacko really enjoys teaching at this camp – he has been there every summer since 2002!
The second camp is for adults – it is called WorldSongs Vocal Camp and runs from August 5-11. Njacko will be teaching along side camp leader Alan Gasser and Dr. Kathy Bullock at the beautiful Sugar Ridge retreat centre in Midland, Ontario (about an hour and a half north of Toronto). If you are interested in the camp, please have a look at the information on the camp website (www.worldsongs.ca) and register soon since there are only a very few spots left!
Raising Funds for Ecole St. Albert Le Grand
We are so grateful for all of the support we continue to receive for our partnership with Ecole St. Albert Le Grand in Bazou, Cameroon. We held our 4th annual fundraiser on May 11th at the Gladstone Hotel with amazing performances by Soli & Rob, Naomi Tyrrell, Njacko Backo, Mother Tongue, Eh?!, The Reel Bulgars, and MC’s Luther Hansraj and Jacques Yams. We have already collected more than $2,800 and are anticipating that we will collect a total of $3,000 by the beginning of July! Today we dispatched the first 750,000 CFA to the school so that they can get this summer’s project started. The goal for this year is to complete the rehabilitation of the remaining school buildings on the main school site as much as possible.
This year, the second last year of our partnership with the school, we have doubled our fundraising efforts. Our overarching goal for the partnership is to help the school gain financial independence so in addition to the May fundraiser which was held to fund the building rehabilitation work this summer, we are running an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds to help the school start their own small business. We have just 3 days left to meet our Indiegogo fundraising goal of $6,915 to assist the school with starting their own small business – if you haven’t done so already, please visit our campaign site at igg.me/at/BazouSchool – and check out the great perks that donors can chose from! The funds raised through Indiegogo will be used to help the school start their own small business which will be administered by the parent council. All of the proceeds from this business will go to the school which will increase their income without increasing school fees for the students.
Njacko and Kalimba Kalimba are thrilled to be heading back to the Mariposa Folk Festival this year! The festival will be held in Orillia on July 5-7.
The full line up, accommodation options, and information about how you can get tickets is all available on the Mariposa website: www.MariposaFolk.com. Njacko and Kalimba Kalimba will be performing their concert on Saturday early in the afternoon, and will be taking part in workshops on Saturday and Sunday morning.
A special note to students between the ages of 19 and 24 – there is a special student rate for a weekend pass – $59 (instead of $120). You can buy tickets online here.
Njacko Backo and Kalimba Kalimba are thrilled to be part of Music Africa’s 25th Annual Afrofest this year! The festival will be taking place at Woodbine Park (Lakeshore Boulevard East and Coxwell Avenue) July 6 and 7 between 1pm and 10pm both days.
Njacko’s performance will be on Sunday July 7th at 7:15pm on the main stage, just before Jewel Ackah from Ghana. It’s going to be a fantastic show! Very special guests Jane Bunnett and Larry Cramer will be joining Njacko and Kalimba Kalimba on stage – come on out and be ready to DANCE!
The full festival schedule and details are posted on Music Africa’s website: afrofest.ca. The festival is FREE and features multiple stages, a children’s area, youth zone, amazing food and spectacular vendors. Trust us, you don’t want to miss it!