Augmenter les resources de Ecole St. Albert Le Grand

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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!
* 3-5pm
* $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 You may click the images below for the full event details (English and French).

An Evening For Bazou 4

Concert Pour Bazou 4






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, and share it far and wide! The campaign is presented in both English et en français. 

WorldSongs Vocal Camp

Njacko is really excited to be part of the WorldSongs Vocal Camp for the very first time this year. 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).

When we last checked with Alan, there were still a few spots left. If you are interested in the camp, please have a look at the below flier and the camp website ( and register soon!


Les Paroles de “Tu Es Mon Coeur”

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

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!

A blast from the past…

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!

Bonne Année!

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!

Le Retour de Backi

Enfin, nous avons une bonne nouvelle pour tous. Cette semaine, nous sommes arrêtés chez Pixel Print pour ramasser 200 exemplaires flambant neuf de Baki and the Magic Egg / Baki et l’oeuf Magique. Vous pouvez maintenant acheter un exemplaire directement avec nous, ou de African Drums and Art Crafts dans Kensington Market, ou A Different Booklist au coin de Bloor et Bathurst.

Baki est une histoire originale écrite par Njacko et magnifiquement illustré par Bruce Parsons. Il est écrit en anglais et en français, et est le premier d’une série de contes pour enfants. Son prochain conte, Le Lion qui Voulait Devenir Végétarien, est actuellement en cours d’illustration et sera lancé l’année prochaine.

Si vous souhaitez prendre le conte pour un essai routier avant de faire un achat, nous vous invitons à vous arrêter dans une bibliothèque publique de Toronto pour consulter une copie.

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

Progrès incroyables à l’Ecole St-Albert Le Grand!

Certains d’entre vous savent déjà que nous sommes au milieu d’un partenariat de 5 ans avec l’école St. Albert Le Grand de Bazou, Cameroun. Nous travaillons avec eux pour améliorer leurs infrastructures de l’école. Nous avons commencé ce projet, après avoir visité l’école, St. Albert Le Grand, en 2009, lorsque nous étions au Cameroun pour célébrer la vie des parents de Njacko. Quand nous étions à Bazou, nous avons visité l’école pour y déposer des fournitures scolaires que nous avions recueillis des amis et des familles du Canada. Mais lorsque nous étions à l’école, nous avons réalisé que les fournitures scolaires ne sont pas plus en besoin que l’école. Nous avons un blog distincte pour suivre le projet, et nous vous invitons à jeter un coup d’oeil sur tout le travail qui a été accompli au cours des trois dernières années – Nous venons de mettre notre dernière mise à jour sur le blog, et sommes très heureux de le partager avec vous. Nous sommes heureux de répondre à toute question que vous pourriez avoir au sujet du projet, alors ne soyez pas timide! Voici quelques-unes des photos du projet de cette année (avant, pendant et après), vous trouverez plus sur le blog!       Merci pour la lecture! Val

Bienvenue sur notre nouveau site

Dear friends, We are very excited to welcome you to our new website! We invite you to take a look around, and let us know if you have any comments or suggestions to help us improve the site and make it more useful and user friendly for you. Please note that we are still adding and refining content for the site, so please be patient with us and check back often to see how the site is developing. Here are some of the new features that we are most excited about:

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