Our choirs' interest in the music of southern Africa stretches all the way back to our first season, with repertoire from that part of the world making up part of our programming every year since. In 2004, Kokopelli's connection with Africa grew, with a month-long tour to Namibia and South Africa. While there, we made a connection with one of Namibia's top youth choirs, the Mascato Youth Choir from Swakopmund. We came to realize that many of the basic needs of such a wonderful community arts group couldn't be met so easily as our needs are met at home in Canada. Upon our return, and in response to this need, we founded our African Projects Fund. With two further African tours (in 2007 and 2013), our partnerships grew as we encountered more wonderful youth choirs.
Mascato and Kokopelli in Banff, April 2006
The African Projects Fund seeks to support music development for youth in southern Africa. In partnership with various sister choirs, our African Projects Fund has several initiatives to accomplish this goal: