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!
Join us July 7th at 3:30pm at Afrofest (Woodbine Park, Toronto) for a listen to some of our new music!
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!
It is with great honour and excitement that I share with you my most recent album with Kalimba Kalimba (Ici Bas, Rien N’est Impossible/Here Below, Nothing is Impossible) has been nominated in the World Music category for a Canadian Folk Music Award!
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!
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We have two very big news items this month. First is that our fourth annual fundraiser for Ecole St. Albert le Grand is coming up on Saturday May 11th. The second is that we just launched an Indiegogo campaign for Ecole St. Albert Le Grand, and it is running until June 30th!
First, a word about our fundraiser:
We are grateful that the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St. W.) will be hosting our fundraiser again on May 11th in their beautiful Ballroom. As was done last year, we will be holding two events:
Afternoon Family Fun for Bazou
* Featuring Soli & Rob, Naomi Tyrrell, and Njacko Backo!
* $10/child suggested donation
An Evening for Bazou
* Featuring Mother Tongue, Eh?!, The Reel Bulgars, and MC’s Luther Hansraj and Jacques Yams
* Doors at 8pm, show starts at 8:30pm
* $20 suggested donation
Advance tickets are available directly from us (Njacko and Val), and also from African Drums & Art Crafts (618 Dundas West (West of Spadina in Kensington Market)).
If you would like to learn more about our partnership with Ecole St. Albert Le Grand (including photos and videos from projects completed at the school), please visit our project blog at www.BazouSchool.blogspot.com. You may click the images below for the full event details (English and French).
Second, a word about our Indiegogo Campaign:
In parallel with the fundraiser at the Gladstone this year, we are running an online Indiegogo campaign. Why are we running this online campaign in addition to our May 11th fundraisers? Excellent question. We are in the fourth year of our five year partnership with St. Albert Le Grand, and our overarching goal for the partnership is to help the school gain financial independence. We are continuing our fundraising at the Gladstone this year and next year to complete the repairs to the school buildings, however the funds raised through Indiegogo will be used to help the school start their own small business. The proceeds from the small business will all go to the school which will increase their income without increasing school fees for the students. Interested in finding out more? Please check out our campaign at igg.me/at/BazouSchool, and share it far and wide! The campaign is presented in both English et en français.
Salutations à tous! Nous avons eu beaucoup de commentaires merveilleux des gens sur l’entrevue de Njacko avec CBC Here And Now, la semaine dernière quand ils ont présenté sa nouvelle chanson Tu Es Mon Coeur comme chanson de la semaine. Un grand merci à Marina Wray pour l’invitation au programme!
Nous avons eu quelques demandes des gens pour les paroles de Tu Es Coeur Mon, alors les voici (en anglais et en français)! Si vous n’avez pas encore vue le vidéo, s’il vous plaît consulter YouTube. Continue reading
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!
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!
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.
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