Honouring a legacy
SOMBA K'E/YELLOWKNIFE - Longtime Yellowknifer Chaka Rukobo started working on a song honouring the legacy of Nelson Mandela soon after hearing of his death. The Sun Has Set, Blues for Mandela, was composed, produced and arranged by Rukobo Dec. 11.
There are two versions of the song, an instrumental, which Rukobo said is an African jazz genre that's very typical of South Africa, and one including snippets of speeches from Mandela himself and two of the eulogies from the funeral.
Keneuoe Mohapi gave the Sotho eulogy and Betty Ngcungcu Linda gave the Zulu lament at Mandela's funeral in South Africa. The recordings became a part of Rukobo's composition.
He plans to release the song, using his stage name, Baba Bhoi, on his fourth album, which is currently in the works. In the meantime, you can listen to the music here
in a Yellowknifer exclusive.
Bring on the puppets
SOMBA K'E/YELLOWKNIFE - Want to be involved with homegrown puppetry? The Vegetable Ship docks at the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre in the middle of January. Volunteers are still needed to help out with rehearsals and the shows. Join the backstage crew, take tickets, or usher people to their seats during the performances.
The Vegetable Ship is written by Kira Hall, based on a poem by Ken Frew. A book of the poem includes illustrations by Terry Pamplin.
Tickets are currently on sale and, until Dec. 25, each purchase comes with a copy of the illustrated poem.
Soothing the soul
SOMBA K'E/YELLOWKNIFE - Don't let the weather keep you home. Sure it's cold and snowmobile trails aren't just right yet, but there are still plenty of reasons to remote-start that car and get out of the house.
It will be open doors at the Peace Building, right across from Overlander on 50 Street, on Saturday, as the Third Annual Peace Sake Christmas Market brings local vendors together.
Open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., multiple floors will be packed with artists.