Those of you who receive our newsletter already know that we have very exciting news – Njacko Backo and Kalimbas At Work are in the studio right now recording a new album!
The album will be called A Tous Les Enfants de la Terre/To All the Children of the World. This is the first time that Njacko is recording an album with songs on it specifically for young people and schools. The album will include four songs that Njacko already teaches and performs in schools. The remaining 12 songs are written for all ages and share the themes of love, togetherness, and respect.
We are deeply grateful to Le Conseil des arts de l’Ontario (CAO)/Ontario Arts Council (OAC) for their support which has allowed us to begin the recording process. To finish this project, and to respond to our commitment to CAO, we are asking you for your support on our Indiegogo campaign. Recording music independently is a significant financial undertaking. Please follow the link, watch our video and choose a perk that would work for you to help us collect the funds needed to finish the album. We would also deeply appreciate it if you could share this news with your friends!
Link to Indiegogo:
Join us July 7th at 3:30pm at Afrofest (Woodbine Park, Toronto) for a listen to some of our new music!
Bonne Fête! Bonne Année! Wishing you a Happy and Healthy 2014!
May 2014 bring to you an abundance of love and health. The rest will follow.
Njacko and Val
Njacko and his 4 children
Njacko and I have been talking a lot about the new album Ici Bas lately as we are gearing up for the launch on February 22nd. We were brainstorming around a press release the other day and I suggested that the new album is an important milestone in his career. He started laughing and jumped up to grab a copy of the very first record he ever recorded, Bamiléke Reggae. This is a photo of the back of the album:
Here is a translation from the text on the bottom of the left hand side of the panel: “I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart, and it’s not me who is thanking you, all of you who contributed to the making of this first foundation stone.”
Here’s to the first stone which has led to the most recent milestone!
You have another chance to catch Afroteque this summer in Toronto as part of the Beaches International Jazz Festival! They will be performing at 7pm on the Woodbine Park Main Stage on Friday July 20th. Continue reading
It was a very nice surprise when we received a call from Paul Clifford asking us if we would be interested in collaborating for a gig as part of the Kingston Jazz Festival series “Live @ Your Library. We were thrilled with the opportunity to collaborate with Paul and his wife Kyoko Ogoda, and had a lot of fun blending our different genres of music together. Continue reading