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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!

Tree Top African Cafe Grand Opening! September 20, 2014

We have teamed up with long time friend Saikou Saho (owner of African Drums and Art Crafts) to open the Tree Top African Cafe located at 620 Dundas St. W., in Kensington Market. The cafe specializes in coffees and teas from Africa, as well as delicious African foods. It is a cozy cafe, with lots of natural light. The GRAND OPENING of the cafe is September 20, 2014, starting at 1pm. Continue reading

Fundraiser for Bazou – May 3 at the Gladstone Hotel

Have a look at our latest newsletter about the show for Bazou by clicking here. We have two amazing shows planned for you on May 3! The purpose of both shows is to have fun and dance!! and also to raise funds for a school in Bazou, Cameroon that we have partnered with for the past five years. This is our fifth and final year working with this school, and we are very close to our goals! You can find all the details about the fundraisers, including the French and English posters, on our blog at www.BazouSchool.blogspot.com Continue reading

Gospel Sunday with Ken Whiteley March 30

Happy Spring everyone! Please check out my latest newsletter by clicking here.

This Sunday March 30, I’ll be part of Ken Whiteley’s final Gospel Sunday of the season.

Ken Whiteley’s popular Sunday afternoon gospel music series at Hugh’s Room celebrates it’s 12th year! For this show, Ken has invited singer/actress Tabby Johnson, singer/songwriter/storyteller Kim Doolittle, bassist Andrew Downing, and along with Njacko to close out this 12th phenomenal season at Hugh’s Room.

Whether you are coming for the terrific music, to sing and clap along, or for the spiritual experience, this promises to be an accessible and exciting blend of musical styles that is appropriate for music lovers of all ages (indeed – Njacko’s little one intends to be in the audience).

Doors open at 1pm. Concert starts at 2pm. Hugh’s Room is located at 2261 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Tickets are $20. in advance, $22.50 @ the door, and $18. per person for Groups of 10 or more.

Contact Hugh’s Room at (416) 531-6604 to get your concert tickets. Hugh’s Room offers a lovely lunch menu. Please call ahead to make lunch reservations.

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!

Happy New Year!

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



It’s a boy! Introducing Nkoni Leo Woloshyn Backo

We are delighted to announce the arrival of our newest family member – Nkoni Leo Woloshyn Backo – who arrived bright and early on August 11th at 7:51am a little bit earlier than the estimated due date (which was August 16th)). Our baby’s first name, Nkoni, translates as “love” in Njacko’s mother tongue. The “N” is pronounced as a soft “nnn” sound.

Nkoni weighed in at 7 pounds 1 ounce, 51 cm long, and was born in the water at home. His birth was supported by an amazing team of midwives from the Kensington Midwives Clinic, a doula from Simply Healthy Family, and Val’s sister Steph.

Mom and babe are doing very well. Thank you for being patient with us on email communications – we are slower to respond than normal but we have really enjoyed reading the notes of welcome and congratulations we have received so far!

Here are a few photos from Nkoni’s first few weeks with us.

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