Fatback Band Letter

“Sadiki Educational Safaris”

May 11, 2011

Last year my daughter Lydia, asked me if I would like to be on the advisor Board of her Sadiki Educational Safaris, a Washington, DC –based non profit, 501c(3) organization, whose mission is to elevate and celebrate at -risk youth through the art and culture of Africa, “using hands-on” and also a Non-profit organization.

I’m not one for joining anything with commitments. The last thing I joined was the Army and that was back when. But I did, the more I saw what they was trying to do and how hard they were working at doing so much with so little help; the more energized I got.

Sadiki started its current project with the Walker Jones children when they were in 2009. Our goal is to get them out of the classroom and into the larger cultural community where they be exposed to the rich cultures of Africa through the museums, Embassies and through groups like Kankouran West African Dance Company. Places we’ve recently visited include The Meridian House for a presentation on Egypt, and to a Middle Eastern restaurant. We visited the Museum of African Art and had a conversation with the Director, Dr. Johnnetta Cole!

We’ve hosted such notables as Historian C.R. Gibbs, and Smithsonian Resident Artist Joseph Ngwa, a master drummer from Cameroon. We offer all of this to the Walker Jones community free of charge. Our students explored the science of DNA testing with their science teacher, and had their actual DNA tested by African Ancestry Inc. They were so proud to know where they came from. Sadiki helps them make further connections with their countries of origin through presentations about those countries.

We are partnered with the African Diaspora Ancestral Commemorative Institute (ADACI) and hosted a powerful ceremony with citizens from Cameroon, Guinea Bissau, Nigeria, and Mali. We are also partnered with Kankouran West African Dance Company and The Adinkra Group.

The Sadiki kids had the honor of being hosted by the South African Embassy in November 2010. They learned about the struggles, the heroes, the mighty Zulu, Xhosa and various ethnic groups, and even got to taste the some of the food! In December, we took them to the Great Black in Wax Museum and to the Frederick Douglas Walking Tour in Fells Point, Baltimore Harbor. In January, we were hosted by the Embassy of Ghana. We will travel to Ghana this summer with your help.

Fatback Band is making commitment to the organization to support them 100% in helping them to reach their goal. I think this is one of greatest things one can do for young kids who might not ever get a chance to leave the country much less their state. Sadiki is in middle of their fundraising and I have included links that you can check out the organization and information as to where you can send your donations.

For all Fatback fans that donate $25 or more, there will be a special gift, just for you guys from the band. Be sure you make notice that you‘re a “Funkback” fan!

Click here to find out how you can help!



Sadiki Educational Safaris

Mission and vision: Sadiki's mission is to elevate, celebrate and empower at-risk young people in Washington DC through the art and culture of Africa. Using hands-on learning, service projects and travel to various countries, Sadiki will build self-esteem, and foster a love of Africa and themselves in our young participants. We will take a group of students to Africa each year to honor their heritage and strengthen the Diaspora.

We’re going to AFRICA!!

History

In April of 1998, with no corporate or foundation funding, Sadiki took three junior high school boys to Senegal, West Africa for a 10-day excursion. They visited the Goree Island slave castle, met with kids their own age in supervised workshops, learned to overcome language barriers, had a 2-night home stay, and went south to Sali, the resort area for two days on the beach. We also made drums in the home of a griot, participated in Independence Day activities, learned traditional tea service, and learned how to barter for goods and services in a foreign currency. We have most of these activities recorded in a video that the children helped to make using borrowed equipment. In the six months prior to the trip, the boys were escorted by Lydia Curtis, Founder, to the library numerous times to do search on Senegal. We also met with Senegalese officials at the embassy in Washington, DC., attended an African fashion show, sampled Senegalese foods and visited Reagan National Airport for flight orientation. Ms. Curtis also took the children to Howard University hospital for shots, at Sadiki's expense. The children participated in numerous dance classes, and visited museums.

Here and Now

Sadiki started its current project with the Walker Jones children when they were in the 7th grade. Our goal is to get them out of the classroom and into the larger cultural community where they be exposed to the rich cultures of Africa through the museums, Embassies and through groups like Kankouran West African Dance Company. Places we’ve recently visited include The Meridian House for a presentation on Egypt, and to a Middle Eastern restaurant. We visited the Museum of African Art and had a conversation with the Director, Dr. Johnnetta Cole! We’ve hosted such notables as Historian C.R. Gibbs, and Smithsonian Resident Artist Joseph Ngwa, a master drummer from Cameroon. We offer all of this to the Walker Jones community free of charge. Our students explored the science of DNA testing with their science teacher, and had their actual DNA tested by African Ancestry Inc. They were so proud to know where they came from. Sadiki helps them make further connections with their countries of origin through presentations about those countries. We are partnered with the African Diaspora Ancestral Commemorative Institute (ADACI) and hosted a powerful ceremony with citizens from Cameroon, Guinea Bissau, Nigeria, and Mali. We are also partnered with Kankouran West African Dance Company and The Adinkra Group.

The Sadiki kids had the honor of being hosted by the South African Embassy in November 2010. They learned about the struggles, the heroes, the mighty Zulu, Xhosa and various ethnic groups, and even got to taste the some of the food! In December, we took them to the Great Black in Wax Museum and to the Frederick Douglas Walking Tour in Fells Point, Baltimore Harbor. Our kids are being exposed to everything and are learning a lot.

Please support our efforts to get them to Ghana in 2011!!
Call 202 361 0501 * www.sadikisafari.com
Medagse! Mudu! Meda W’ase! Thank you!



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Now that we have the new release, I need your help to promote it. One way is posting it on your Facebook wall, also about free give way, download you're our promoter now it's up to us keep the funk alive. If you're a Tweeter, Tweet the funk! The only way we can got back on the road touring is to build up fan base and get our music out there. Let's Get The Funk Back in 2011!

Peace, Love and Music! Bill


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