Haba na haba, hujaza kibaba.
Little by little, fills the pot.
As this Swahili proverb says, all things are possible if you just take it little by little, step by step.
This proverb inspired Haba Na Haba's founders just as it has East Africans for centuries. And soon it became our inspiration and our mission: Little by little, we can make a difference, one person at a time.
A 2008 article featured our business in O Magazine. We were thrilled! We had a great response in our online sales from that article — we're still getting orders today, showing people really do hang onto those magazines!
Inspiration works in wonderful ways.
That O Magazine article was passed on to internationally renowned musician Tommy Emmanuel, who was inspired by our story. So inspired that he wrote music that became the inspiration for his newest album, Little by Little. Tommy performed the guitar version of Little by Little internationally before returning to the U.S. where he shared it with friend and fellow musician, song writer Pam Rose. Pam was moved by Tommy's new composition and the story behind it and wrote the beautiful lyrics to Haba Na Haba. Music producer, Kim Person, brought together Victor Wooten, Anthony Snape, J.D. Blair and Darrell Tibbs to produce the vocal version of the song along with Tommy and Pam. The result is the featured song on Tommy Emmanuel's newest album released in the U.S. in 2011.
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Haba Na Haba is now offering this album for sale. The proceeds will help us continue our work in Tanzania with young women who aspire to thrive in our world, learning new skills to support themselves and lead independent, full lives. buy the album
About Tommy Emmanuel
Two-time Grammy nominee Tommy Emmanuel has a professional career that spans over four decades and continues to intersect some of the finest musicians in the world. A household name in his native Australia, Tommy has garnered hundreds of thousands of fans worldwide. Tommy's unique style - he calls it simply "finger style" - is akin to playing guitar the way a pianist plays piano, using all ten fingers. Rather than using a whole band for melody, rhythm, bass, and drum parts, Tommy plays all that - and more - on one guitar. Guitar legend Chet Atkins was one of the first to inspire Emmanuel to try this "fingerpicker" style as a child. Decades later, Atkins himself became one of Emmanuel's biggest fans.
Tommy is currently on a world tour and continues to be featured on PBS stations across the U.S. performing Haba Na Haba (filmed performance in the Balboa Theater). Tommy is also featured as the cover story on the July 2011 issue of Acoustic Guitar. Find more information on Tommy and his albums at http://www.tommyemmanuel.com/
About Pam Rose
Few voices have the power to cut to the bone like Pam Rose's. Layer that over her profound songwriting gift and her consummate musicianship on an assortment of instruments, and you begin to get a glimpse of a real artist.
With longtime writing partner Mary Ann Kennedy, Rose has been nominated for two Grammy Awards, and has won praise for her powerful alliance with Mary Ann as the acclaimed duo Kennedy Rose. The twosome won the ear of rock star Sting and recorded two CDs for his private label Pangaea Records. As an added treat, they were asked to open for him on one of his World Tours. As special guests of Emmylou Harris, Kennedy Rose also performed twice for President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton, and later at the Nobel Peace Prize Presentation in Oslo, Norway. As a solo artist, she has been touring with guitar virtuosos John Jorgenson and Tommy Emmanuel, and has rejoined Mary Ann Kennedy and Emmylou Harris to do an acoustic tour of Europe and North America.
See a great video of a variety of Tommy and Pam's music at http://www.pamrose.com/buy the album