It's back in august 2012 while I was working with the ACDS association, that I first met the band Djembé Good Luck. I went back in 2013 for a year, full of hope and dreams and I found a new home in the village of Gavi. Soon the idea of recording an album with the children was born. It became reality in 2015 with the help of Maxime and Emile. But we still need funds to finish the album and to reach our goal ! The story between Djembé Good Luck and ACDS-Togo goes back to 2010 when Aimé, president of ACDS, met the band in the village of Gavi.
Robin Agullo, vice-president of ACDS-Togo
Our actions :
- Setting up several shows for almost two hundreds French volunteers.
- Entries in talent show in Lomé (2013)
- Educational outings outside Gavi for the children and their parents
- French lessons
- Donations of clothing to the villagers of Gavi
Our aim is to produce and release Djembé Good Luck's first album.
Djembé Good Luck is a traditional music and dance group from Gavi Kopé, Togo, a village near Agbelouvé (coastal region).
The project started in august 2015 with three young french volunteers travelling in Togo. During a month, Emile (pianist), Maxime (art director) and Robin (vice-president of the ACDS-Togo association) helped the band in the making of the album. It was later recorded in one of Lomé's best music studios, at Joël Wandène Kombate's.
Who are Djembé Good Luck ?
Djembé Good Luck is a band coming from Gavi Kopé specialised in traditional music and dance. Fifteen children and three women compose the group.
Éric Gavi is the man behind the music. After several years spend in Mali, he came back to his homeland with a djembe and a talent for traditional drums. His return to Gavi combined with the energy of the village's children made possible the birth of Djembé Good Luck.
They usually perform at family events and local festivals in the neighbourhood of Gavi.
The songs are written and sung in Ewe and have been around for centuries. They deal with themes such as life, war, love and solidarity. Each song is a cautionary tale passed down one generation to the next.
The band between 2 studio music sessions
Gavi Kopé is located in South-Togo, near Adzarakopé and Nyghbé, close to Agbelouvé town.
Surrounded by crops and pastures, the village can't be reached by road and and there is no electricty nor running water and is made of 20 families.
The recording took place in the studio of Joël (lead guitarist for King Mensah). With the help of intense training sessions and a 5 days stay in Lomé 11 tracks were recorded !
Good vibes and motivation in the studio :
Mind your ears !!!
Right now, Aristide Rosier is taking care of the mixing while Maxime is designing the album cover and the illustrations going with the leaflet that explains each track.
We need funds to complete and to finally release the album ! Thank you for your support and please spread the word to help us make the children's dream come true !
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What are the funds for?
Our goal is to promote and produce Djembé Good Luck first album.
The album's benefits will go to the education of the children in a situation where farm labour often prevails over school.
Djembé Good Luck : A big family
Great departure to the capital : 3 days in studio !
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Thanks you all for your support !
Help us to spread this message of hope and peace !
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