Greetings! There is only one more week before our 4th annual fundraiser for Ecole/School St. Albert Le Grand in Bazou, Cameroon. The two shows will b

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There is only one more week before our 4th annual fundraiser for Ecole/School St. Albert Le Grand in Bazou, Cameroon. The two shows will be held on May 11th at the Gladstone Hotel. We are really excited for the shows, and hope that we will have your support! Once again we have amazing local artists who are donating their time and talents for this fundraiser. We share the line up and details for both shows with you below (afternoon family fun, and an evening concert). We really hope that you will join us with your family and friends!

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.

For those of you who have been following Njacko and Kalimba Kalimba's recent and upcoming performances, we'd like to let you know that we have post-poned the show that was originally planned for June 6th at the Lula Lounge until the fall. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to dancing with you then!

Thank you for reading!

Njacko and Val


Fundraiser for Bazou on May 11th Featuring Mother Tongue, Eh?! and More!

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

Mother Tongue

Musical influences from around the globe are fused into the inspired sounds of the band Mother Tongue, the recipients of "Music Africa" awards as "Best Pan African Band" in 1994 and "Best African Band" in 1995 and nominated for a Juno Award in 1994 for their album Enat. Get ready to dance to the infectious rhythms of Mother Tongue! The band is represented by Celina Carroll, Carlo Cesta, Rachel Melas, Conny Nowe, Yared Tesfaye, Maryem Hassan-Tollar and Chip Yarwood.


A new collaborative fiddle-based trio of Emilyn Stam, Anne Lederman and James Stephens. Eh?! combines an unparalleled depth of knowledge of traditional Canadian music from throughout the country with innovative original expression. Dedicated to exploring the myriad pathways between the old and the new, Eh?! brings together veteran and young musicians in creative exploration. All three core members of Eh?! sing and play several instruments: voices, piano, mandolin, guitar, feet, percussion and accordion all weave their way through an Eh?! experience.

The Reel Bulgars

The Reel Bulgars started in 2011 as the brain child of a small group of parents with musical kids who wanted to provide a musical outlet outside of school ensembles and education programs. The group meets weekly and all the musicians are encouraged to contribute repertoire. Arrangements are created sometimes as written out pieces and sometimes as a group effort in rehearsal. The current repertoire includes traditional Irish, French and Klezmer tunes.

Soli & Rob

Touted by Amy Verner in TORONTO LIFE magazine as one of the “biggest names in pint-sized entertainment,” Soli & Rob have written & performed 4 Alistair Ant shows, each one a captivating blend of puppetry, acting, dancing & original music. “Bigger the Better, said Alistair Ant!”, in which Alistair laments his smallness, broke KidsVenue audience attendance records at the 2002 TORONTO FRINGE FESTIVAL. Soli & Rob’s entry in the 2004 Fringe Fest, “Double Trouble for Alistair Ant” was selected as a critic’s pick by the TORONTO STAR. Right now, Soli & Rob have their "Birthday Song" in CBC's Kids' Viewer Voted Song Search! If you like their song as much as we do, you will vote for it every day until May 8th!

Naomi Tyrrell

Naomi Tyrrell has performed in very cool places like China, Japan, Yugoslavia and off Broadway New York. She plans to help Njacko teach story telling through Mime, Mask and Music to folks in his home town in Africa in 2015. For this special fundraiser Naomi is bringing her most favourite wild and wonderful characters. Get ready to sing, sign and laugh your way through a world of fun. Howl with Gramps, yodel with Gretchen and wrap it all up with Red Dog Rapper.


Njacko Backo

Story and music time with the energetic and engaging Njacko Backo! Njacko will share his storytelling and musical talents with everyone as we come together to sing, dance, play instruments, and (most importantly) have fun!!

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Drum Classes

Njacko's classes will continue until the end of June 2013 before he takes a break for the summer, but please note that there will be no class on the following Sundays:

May 12, June 2, June 9

The final drum class before the summer break will be on June 30th.

Njacko holds drop-in drum classes on Sundays at The S.P.A.C.E. at 1324 Danforth Ave. The studio is easily accessible by TTC, it is just steps from Greenwood Station on the Bloor-Danforth Line.

1:30 – 2:30 Family & Beginner Class
2:45 – 4:15 Open Level Class

Children* $10 for one child / $15 for two children / $20 for three or more children
Adult $15 or $20 for both classes
Drum Rental (please request in advance!) $5
*3yrs and older, price includes one adult

You can check Njacko's website anytime to find out drum class info:


The Muhtadi International Drumming Festival

We had a lot of fun performing at the MIDF fundraiser last weekend. A big thank you to everyone who came out to support this wonderful festival - you really know how to shake it!

This year marks the festival's 14th year as a free festival - it will be held on June 8-9th at Woodbine Park in Toronto (Coxwell and Lakeshore). You can find out more information about the festival on their website at

This year Njacko and his students will be performing on both days at the festival. It is a very family friendly festival, lots of room for kids to run around and to try their hands at drumming. There is also a beer tent, amazing food, and lots of wonderful vendors.

Hope to see you there!

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