After taking a long overdue trip to SUNY Albany campus this past week I met with Professor Debroah Lafond. Debroah is one of the Gretchen Walsh Book Donation Award chair members and has helped me navigate 2 boxes of books from the libraries donation department. Thanks a bunch Ms. Lafond! Looking forward to connecting with the other members!
Friends and colleagues I will be collecting books until November please make sure you have added what you'd like to have in the Library to me by then!
Some books recently collected from HWFC
I've put the book drop off box back up at the Honest Weight Food Co-op. Friends in the Capital District Region PLEASE drop off any books you'd like to donate to this project there. We are seeking books that would be in the "Reference Section" in the library such as Dictionaries, Encylopedias, and Almanac's. **French Preferred**
All other books will be appreciated and may be considered for shipping.
**The box will only be there for a FEW SHORT WEEKS so make sure you stop by soon!
NLP Book Drive @Honest Weight Food Co-op
I'd like to thank everyone a part of Sabali this past weekend! 4 shirts were sold and 2 boxes of books donated! I'll be heading to the city to get more info regarding cost of barrels and volume in which the books will be shipped in. More info soon!
Quick PSA: If you have ordered a Sabali T-shirt I am expecting to get them in about 10 days. I apologize for the delay as I know you are probably excited to wear it... If you'd like to order one and support The Niombato Library Project you can pre-order online here by donating $20 or contact me directly for $15. Thanks in advance for your patience and support!
Only 8 more days until Sabali, a monthly celebration of traditional culture! Join us as Master Dancer/Drummer Atito Gohi leads with Ivorian drumming. Albany Barn's Stage 1 Art Space right in the heart of the Capital District Region! http://www.albanybarn.org/ai1ec_event/sabali/
Bring a book to help support The Niombato Library Project's book drive in Senegal, West Africa.
Got these three books from my last pick-up at Honest Weight Food Co-op and I have a feeling they are going to make a great addition to the library!
Latest pick-up from HWFC
Books are being collected, funds are being allocated and awareness is raised! Please take a moment to learn more about this project and how you can get involved. For those of you in the Capital District Region don't forget to join us this Saturday for Sabali at Albany Barn's Stage 1 Art Space.
Some of the books recently collected!
Sabali was a great success last night! I'd like to thank everyone who made it out and am looking forward to seeing you at the next one!
Join us Saturday February 22nd at Albany Barns Stage 1 Art Space for Sabali! A Monthly celebration of traditional culture with music, spoken word, and storytelling.
*Proceeds will benefit The Niombato Library Project in Senegal, West Africa.
Public Service Announcement:
For the record NO! I've never helped build a library. I don't even speak French that Great! And I've never shipped or received ANYTHING internationally.
But what I do know is this NEEDS to be done. The foundation has been laid. This feeling of not knowing what to expect or the proper way to go about this project is one of the reasons I took it on. EXPERIENCE!
Perhaps I could be of assistance to a young revolutionary 30, 40, 50 years from now. Until then though I'm going to promise to do the best that I can. Join me in this journey!
Hey! In transition from one space to another new space which has in itself been exciting, stressful, and full of great experiences I've decided to move the location of Sabali this month to 56 Second St. SAME DATE!!
Saturday January 25th, 2014
Doors will open at 7:30pm
See you soon!
Books are currently being collected!
If you have any Reference books such as Dictionaries, Almanacs, Atlases, Thesauruses, OR classic novels written by African heritage authors or send them this way! French, English, Arabic, Wolof, are all acceptable.
Proud to announce The Niombato Library Project was recently selected for the 2013 Gretchen Walsh Book Donation Award!
Please continue to support by donations and sharing! Any amount will make a difference
NLP was recently awarded $500 grant!
One week from today we will be hosting our 2nd monthly event "SABALI" at Stage 1 in Albany, New York to raise funds for the project. Please continue to donate, share, and support in the meantime.
Thank you as always!
August 31st, doors open at 7:30 pm.
The first show at Stage 1 "Sabali" was a great success. I would like to take this time to thank everyone who made it out for the evening.
The next one will be held Saturday August 31st at 7:30 save the date!
Looking forward to seeing you all there!
TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT!!!!
Doors open at 7:30 show starts at 8:00.
Too Deep Ent. Urban Guerilla Theatre & The Washington Park Drummers in one venue!
$7 will get you food, music, and some of the best performances in the Capital District Region.
Proceeds go to The Niombato Library Project.
You are not going to want to miss this!
We will be hosting a show SATURDAY, July 27 as a fundraiser for the Niombato Library Project. If you are in the Capital District Region you will not want to miss it, if you're not you may want to take the trip!
Just to clarify for those wondering the project will be pushed back to the fall to ensure we achieve our goal with no compromise. I encourage you to continue the donations, sharing of the page, and support!
We will be coordinating an event at the event of this month to raise funds in the capital district region that you wont want to miss.
More details to come soon!
"Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet."
Hey! Check out our live session jamming with with T_Wheels of WCDB as well as an interview about the Niombato library project and the future of Sound of Roots.
Dont forget to donate, like, and share the page!
Check out our next performance June 2nd in Saratoga, proceeds will go to Seeds for Peace International and The Giving Circle.
Check it out!
Please keep in mind EVERYTHING we do online, all performances, and photos is to help benefit our library project in Senegal. Take a minute to find out more about the project and what YOU can do to get involved and help provide access of resources to disenfranchised students.
Caught in the moment.
Smile for the camera!
Bass, tone, slap!
Sound of Roots jamming!
Our last drumming circle was a success! Look out for the pictures coming soon.
In the meantime please continue to donate, like, and share our page!
I was hanging out in the station Friday night after work and ran into fellow WCDB DJ T_Wheels while doing his show Funky Corners. He was playing some soulful tunes and we decided to jam for a bit and started discussing the current library project we are working on.
Check out the interview as well as myself on the drums.
Please continue to donate, like, and share the page with friends and family. Your continued support is much appreciated.
Great way to start ANY morning!
Close the digital divide!
Come celebrate Earth Day with us this Saturday down in the South end! A day of food, entertainment, and raising awareness of what YOU can do to help protect Mother Earth!
If there was one book you would incorporate into our library project what would it be?
Mine would be Manchild in The Promised Land; An autobiographical novel about Claude Brown, a young boy growing up in Harlem during the 40's and 50's who used education to get out but eventually come back and help his community.
This is where we will be hosting the library.
Karang High School
I just received a few photos of the Niombato area; including the facility we will be hosting the library in. Check them out! Dont forget to share the page with your friends and family!
Today marks the anniversary!
Then Senegalese president Leopold Senghor began the World Festival of Black Art which would be held every 10 years. This Festival was designed to celebrate the richness and diversity of art and culture of Africans across the globe.
Lets keep the dream alive by celebrating the diversity of African culture!
Just over 10% of our goal of 3,000! With just over 2 months before departure we are behind but not by much.. Please continue to share with friends and family.
SAVE THE DATE!
Come check out Sound of Roots Friday April 5, 2013!
Fuerza Latina's cultural celebration portion of their 23rd National Latino Collegiate Conference featuring a performance by us!!
Doors open at 7:30 in the Campus Center Ballroom at the UNIVERSITY AT ALBANY.
$70 raised in the last week! Thank you all for your generosity. We are now just under 10% of reaching the overall goal! :)
Thank you ALL for your support. Please continue to share with your friends and family helping us get to our goal much easier!
I just applied for a grant from the African Studies Association which offers the shipment of books to countries abroad. This would fund the books shipment from here to Senegal saving the entire project cost close to $750.00....FINGERS CROSSED**
Tomorrow I will be meeting with the students interested in the Study Abroad program and where I will be telling them about my experience in Senegal! If YOU are interested or have any question about the "Cultures and Customs of Senegal" program contact me at SoundofRoots@gmail.com
Your continued support is much appreciated any donation will help bring us a step closer to reaching our goal!