SALEM, Va.-Tobey Foyeh and Orchestra Africa will perform in concert Wednesday, November 17 at 8 p.m. in Roanoke College's Colket Center Wortmann Ballroom. The event is open to the public at no charge. For more information contact the Colket Center Information Desk, (540) 378-5125. Concert doors open at 7 p.m. This event is co-sponsored by the Roanoke College Colket Center and the Black Student Alliance.
Foyeh composes, arranges, and produces the band's music, and sings with the backing female singer-dancers. The band features traditional African instruments such as gangan (talking drum), kalimba (thumb piano), assorted percussion, flutes, guitars, keyboards, synthesizers, male lead and female lead and chorus vocals. The band combines diverse musical styles - jazz, reggae, soul, and others.
The band's percussion breaks sometimes feel like a drum orchestra from the polyrhythms and counter rhythms played by the percussionists. The main featured instruments - guitar and flute played by multi-instrumentalist Foyeh serve as highlights for individual songs. The female singer-dancers in African costumes add a spice of traditional Africa in their call and response style of chorus singing with improvised African dances.
Band leader Foyeh has studied music in Africa and at Berklee College of Music and Howard University. He has performed in the United Kingdom, Europe, the U.S. and Canada.