Happy (early) July to you all! We're sending this newsletter off to you a little bit early because there are a lot of exciting happenings coming up q

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Happy (early) July to you all!

We're sending this newsletter off to you a little bit early because there are a lot of exciting happenings coming up quickly!

Also, there are just a few days left to contribute to our Indiegogo campaign to help Ecole St. Albert le Grand in Bazou, Cameroon, start a new small business (the site will be open until the end of June 30th). We invite you to have a look at our campaign page (igg.me/at/BazouSchool) if you haven't had a chance to do so yet. Also, we want to send a big thank you out to everyone who has contributed this year! A special thank you to Our Lady Of Providence School who just contacted us to let us know that they are sending us funds that they raised through their own independent fundraiser for St. Albert! You can stay up to date on how the project is doing by visiting the project blog at www.BazouSchool.blogspot.com.

Now that summer is in full swing, we hope that you are making time to get out into your communities to support the arts through local festivals, concerts and general goings on! Njacko will be performing at several Toronto Public Libraries this summer, please check out the calendar on his website to confirm locations. There is information below as well about two summer camps that he will be teaching at (one for children, one for adults).

Thank you for reading, we'll be in touch soon! Remember that you can keep in touch between newsletters by visiting Njacko's website, his Facebook page, or his Twitter feed.

Blessings and happy Canada Day!
Njacko and Val

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Mariposa Folk Festival - July 6

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.

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Afrofest - July 7

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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July 22-26 is Africa Week at the Garrison Creek Art Education Centre!

Njacko will be returning once again to the Garrison Creek Art Education Centre for Africa Week during July 22-26. Njacko looks forward to this camp every year. The week will be full of music, singing, dancing and stories, as well as a special arts and crafts project. This year, the art project will be to build clay animal sculptures!

The camp is for ages 4-10, and runs from 10am to 1pm. Please contact Susan at garrison-creek@sympatico.ca to register or with any questions.

WorldSongs Vocal Camp August 5-11

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).

If you are interested in the camp, please have a look at the information on the camp website (www.worldsongs.ca) and register soon as there are only a very few spaces left!

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Drum Classes

Njacko's classes are now finished for the summer, and will resume again in the fall.

We had a great time at the Muhtadi International Drumming Festival at the beginning of June. There are a few videos available on youtube, here is a link to one of them: YouTube Link

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