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Greetings & 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.

The new album "Ici Bas" is almost here! We have a sneak peak for you in this newsletter (see below). We're looking forward to the launch on February 22nd!! We are blessed to have some extremely talented Canadian friends join Kalimba Kalimba on this recording including Jane Bunnett, Larry Cramer, George Koller, Ken Whiteley, Pat O'Gorman, Paul Neufeld, Sahara Sloan, and Colin Doroschuk. We extend gratitude to OAC and all of the artists who contributed their time and talents to make this dream a reality.

Njacko is really looking forward to heading back into schools in 2013! He will be bringing his music, dancing and stories to students in Brampton, Newmarket, London, Mississauga, Burlington, and the GTA. Much of Njacko's work in the schools happens with Mariposa in the Schools, and they are having their annual fundraiser this February (more details below).

In the coming weeks, we will be uploading some new videos that just arrived from Cameroon! The videos show the projects that many of you have supported over the past 3 years at Ecole St. Albert Le Grand in Bazou. We are so proud of all of the work that the school and community have accomplished together. We just learned that the school enrolment has increased by about 100 students since the project began! The school has hired more teachers, and the school community is strengthening and really coming together. We thank all of you who are supporting this project, it wouldn't be possible without you! Look for the videos to be posted on the project blog by January 15th.

Blessings,
Njacko and Val

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Sneak Peak of the New Album!

We're very happy to share with you a preview of the new album that will be released in February (see details below)!

The video we created for "Tu es mon coeur" ("You are my heart") features footage from our recent vacation to Las Vegas and surrounding areas. It is a playful little video and we hope you enjoy it. We'd love to hear what you think about the new song! Please drop us an email, or pop by Facebook or Twitter to let us know your thoughts!

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The New CD will be Launched February 22!

That's right! Music Africa and Gladstone World will be co-presenting Njacko Backo & Kalimba Kalimba at the Gladstone Hotel on February 22 as part of their Black History Month line-up!

Stay tuned for more details, but make sure you save the date! You'll also want to keep the evening of June 6th clear - Njacko & Kalimba Kalimba, and some very special guests featured on the new album will be performing at Lula Lounge!

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Benefit Concert for MITS & Echo Women's Choir

As many of you know, Njacko has been working with Mariposa in the Schools (MITS) for about 15 years. MITS introduces Ontario young people to world oral cultural traditions, reaching 50 school communities each year with a repertoire of world music, dance, storytelling, spoken word and puppetry.

MITS is a registered Canadian charity. Their annual fundraising campaign ensures that under-resourced communities have access to our programs. MITS has partnered again with Echo Women's Choir to hold Songs and Stories to Lift your Spirits and Warm your Heart. We hope that you will be able to attend to support these two wonderful organizations!

When: Saturday, February 23, 2013, doors open 7 p.m ~ concert 7:30 to 9:30 p.m

Where: Church of the Holy Trinity Church (10 Trinity Sq - behind the Eaton Centre)

Featuring: Anne Lederman, Gurpreet Chana, Marylyn Peringer, Chris Rawlings, Michael St. George, Sandra Whiting & Echo Women's Choir

Tickets: $25 General Admission and $100 Sponsor (reserved seating and $75 charitable tax receipt)

Door Prizes, Silent Auction, Refreshments, Nibbles and Cash Bar

FOR TICKETS:
416-462-9400 or info@mariposaintheschools.ca

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Drum Classes

Drum classes will resume on Sunday January 6th.

Njacko holds drop-in drum classes every Sunday 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.

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

Fee:
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: www.njackobacko.com/drum-class

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