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The Conscience of Africa

by Njacko Backo & Kalimba Kalimba

Recorded in 2003, Njacko says that “The Conscience of Africa is a wakeup call to all Africans…We know that togetherness makes people stronger…Let’s put focus on today and tomorrow for all of Africa’s children..."
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Je Veux Savoir
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3:58 $0.99
2. Mbeudeu Zaa
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3:19 $0.99
3. We Are Crazy
Njacko Backo & Kalimba Kalimba
4:09 $0.99
4. People
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4:23 $0.99
5. Le Millionaire
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4:35 $0.99
6. Africa Don't Hurt Yourself
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5:30 $0.99
7. Nga Nga
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3:18 $0.99
8. Ntoueda
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3:52 $0.99
9. Lion in the Valley
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3:06 $0.99
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Album Notes
"The Conscience of Africa is a wakeup call to all Africans. If all of us hear this and really stand up, there will be benefits for everybody. For Africa to succeed tomorrow, the people of Africa need to unite. We know that togetherness makes people stronger. African people need to stop blaming the Western World. The past is the past. It is not Western people who are destroying us, we are the ones doing it to ourselves. Let's put focus on today and tomorrow for all of Africa's children. Growing up in Africa made me understand that respect is fundamental. But today, I don't see respect anywhere. So a message to all of you educated people and politicians: use your knowledge to save your people, not to destroy them."
- Njacko Backo

First I give respect and thanks to Fela Kuti for his courage and for his fight for the freedom of innocent African people through the art of his music. Thanks to my children, my family, Valery, Chip, Richard, Marilyn Gilbert, Music Africa - especially Nadine and Otimoi, Muhtadi, John Etoulem, Mariposa in the Schools and Wes for all their understanding and support. And thanks to everyone who has put time, effort and love into this album to make it happen. May the spirit of life bless your soul and let the rays of the sun cradle you, make you strong, and give you joy for life.
- Njacko Backo

Njacko Backo & Kalimba Kalimba is....

Njacko Backo - lead vocals, kalimba, ngoni, percussion
Rich Greenspoon - drumkit, percussion
Chip Yarwood - guitar, banjo, mandolin, flute, backing vocals
Anne Lederman - violin, backing vocals
Celina Carroll - berimbau, backing vocals, percussion
Louis Simeo - bass, accordion, Wurlitzer, backing vocals

Guest Musicians...

Bouttni Backo - backing vocals
Clark Backo - lead vocals (We Are Crazy)
Dave French - sax
Hayley Greenspoon - backing vocals
Erika Schiller - backing vocals
Rochelle Zubot - backing vocals
Bob Rice - trumpet (Je Veux Savoir)
Doug Gibson - trombone (Je Veux Savoir)
Sean O'Conner - tenor sax (Je Veux Savoir)
Andy Ballantyne - alto sax (Je Veux Savoir)

Engineered by Rich Greenspoon and Chip Yarwood
Mixed, Mastered and Recorded by Rich Greenspoon at Stirling Sound, Toronto

Cover artwork: Wes Tyrell Art & Design
Cover photography: Bill Weedmark of Vital Force Graphics



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