Happy Mother’s Day!

Wishing a happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers of the world.

This video is for my song “Mama” which is my love song for my mother, my grandmothers, and all the mothers around the world. We wouldn’t be here without you!

Black History Month Concert February 2

Njacko and Kalimba Kalimba will be performing a Black History Month Concert as part of the NUUC concert series! For just $12, you can join in the fun at 79 Hiawatha Road.

When: Sunday February 2, 2014 2:00 pm

Where: Neighbourhood Unitarian Universalist Congregation – 79 Hiawatha Road

Cost: $12 ($10 for NUUC members)

This is going to be a lovely intimate concert. Seating is limited, please contact Office@nuuc.ca or 416-686-6809 to guarantee your spot!

Summer Camps, Indiegogo, July Concerts

Hello out there! Happy summer!

We just sent out Njacko’s July newsletter, and you can view it online here.

Summer camps

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 & RobNaomi TyrrellNjacko 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. Continue reading

Lyrics for “Tu Es Mon Coeur”

Greetings everyone! We’ve had such wonderful feedback from folks about Njacko’s interview on CBC’s Here And Now this past week when they featured his new song Tu Es Mon Coeur as their Song Of The Week. A big thank you to Marina Wray for the invitation to join the show!

We have had a few requests to see the lyrics for Tu Es Mon Coeur, so here they are (in English and French)! If you haven’t had a look already, please check out the video for this song on YouTube. Continue reading

Thank you for an incredible Launch Toronto!

Chip getting DOWN

Chip getting DOWN

Well, it’s two days later and we’re still all abuzz with the energy from the CD launch on Friday February 22nd at the Gladstone Hotel. What a night! We want to thank all of you who came out to support the launch and dance the night away with us. We also really want to thank all of you who came out only to find that the venue was already full – thank you so much and we apologize that you weren’t able to spend the evening with us.

Now that the album is out, you can purchase it directly from us if you are in Toronto, or from African Drums and Art Crafts located in Kensington Market. Additionally you can purchase Ici Bas online through our website, CD Baby, or iTunes.

Finally, we’re really excited to share the news that Njacko will be featured on CBC Radio One’s Here and Now tomorrow (February 25th) at 5:20pm. We hope you can tune in!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

May 2013 bring you and your loved ones joy, happiness, and health. Let love guide you for the year. We love you as love loves you.

We invite you to read our most recent newsletter, please click here to see it.
Our New Year’s gift to you: a sneak peak at our new album. Please have a listen to “Tu es mon coeur” and let us know what you think!

Notes from the studio

I took the opportunity yesterday (Labour Day) to join Njacko and Jeff McCulloch at Wellesley Sound Studio to mix “Tu es mon amour”, the 10th song mixed for the new album. It was my first time seeing a song mixed from start to finish, and it was really a treat to witness the transformation that took place in a short span of just 3 hours. The song includes tenor banjo and cello banjo tracks by Ken Whiteley, soprano sax by Jane Bunnett, trumpet by Larry Cramer, djembe by Mohamad Diaby, Continue reading