“Music is a spirit that cradles and heals us, unifies and illuminates us, consoles us in deep sadness and harmonizes our lives. If we want peace on this earth, we might put aside one week, seven days for the celebration of the arts, so that our children may grow to respect and enjoy God’s greatest gift to humanity.”
- Njacko Backo
1. Kalimba Kalimba
This is a blessing from nature to all those who love the music of the kalimba.
2. La Vie
Open your heart to life. Life will give you the opportunity that belongs to you.
3. Who Knows Tomorrow
Never laugh at the misery of others. Who knows what will happen tomorrow.
4. Mimg Cheu
Any child that you call an orphan becomes yours.
Thanks to God, for filling our souls with music
Our family is not only those who are in the home but also our neighbours around the planet.
7. Tam Tam
A social piece inviting all to come and play.
8. Kakoua (Don't Cry)
No matter what they say or do to you, don't cry. Your soul belongs to God.
Ceremonial music for a women's dance, during which they reflect together to solve problems.
10. Ko Noum Sittah
Let's be positive.
Njacko Backo & Kalimba Kalimba is...
Njacko Backo - vocals, kalimbas, baliphone, percussion
Rich Greenspoon - drumkit, percussion
Altaf Vellani - congas, tama, shekere, percussion
Anne Lederman - violin, vocals
Chip Yarwood - flute, guitars
Ed Roman - acoustic and electric bass
Celina Carroll - vocals (1, 4, 6)
Trevor Ferrier - kalimba (1)
Linda Feijo - vocals (1, 2, 3, 6, 8)
Muhtadi - congas (7)
Glen Salley - sax (3)
Ansgar Schroer - harmonica (5, 6)
Kenji Omae - sax (9)
Produced by Njacko Backo, Rich Greenspoon, Chip Yarwood
Engineers: Rich Greenspoon, Chip Yarwood, Glen Salley
Recorded at Sterling Sound Toronto
Mixed and Mastered by Andrew St. George for Le Mix Productions at Number Nine
Artwork/Design - Erin Neilly, Jason Yarwood
Cover Photography - Edie Steiner
Liner Notes - Njacko, Chip