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“Go-go bands have been playing African rhythms for decades. Now Backyard Band and Team Familiar are taking the beat back to their ancestral homeland in Africa.” ALONA WARTOFSKY, Washington City Paper , 2018

Feb. 26 - Mar. 5, 2018, The Backyard Band will journey from Washington, DC to Ghana, West Africa to connect with their ancestral roots through music and culture, entitled Back2Africa . Curated by The Adinkra Group in partnership with the Ghana Tourism Authority , South African Airways and ,

BACK2Africa partnerships ensure cultral immersion, education and success.  The trip will feature three Backyard performances and will be filmed by director J. Kevin Swain for a documentary tentatively titled Back2Africa: Discovering the Roots of Go-Go Music that will be released in late 2018.

We already have invested $75k in this project and 50 people are traveling to take part in this historic journey. BUT, we need your help to finish connecting the dots.  We applied for a Sister City Grant with the DC Commission of the Arts and Humanities for $20,000 which we did not receive. These funds were slated to help us cover some of these extensive and ancillary production costs on the ground for the documentary.

We’re asking the community to join us in being a part of history by supporting our BACK2Africa campaign to complete the documentary portion of this journey and to “leave the world more beautiful than we found it” by aiding, Queen Mother Nana Nketiaa Obuo II of the Akropong-Akuapem region, in providing more access to education for children in the region. It is our goal through this partnership with GTA, to positively impact the country through infrastructure growth, economic development, and increased access to educational resources for the youth.

HELP us produce the story of Go-Go’s connection to Africa, the importance of the music and its social impact on our community.

 For those who will not get the chance to experience this tour first hand, the documentary will capture this compelling story for the world to see.

All donors who make a contribution of $250 or more will receive an IRS Tax-deduction.  All donations are received and accounted for by our sponsoring partner - Social Art and Culture (SAAC) - a 501c (3) located in the Anacostia area of Washington, DC whose mission is to use the power of the arts to educate and advance unserved and underserviced communities.

Donors are responsible for obtaining a written acknowledgment from a charity for any single contribution of $250 or more before the donors can claim a charitable contribution on their federal income tax returns. We'll make sure you get this.

Thank you in advance for your support.
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