Toby Foyeh and Orchestra Africa to Utica
Toby Foyeh and Orchestra Africa will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, as part of the Mohawk Valley Community College Cultural Series in Schafer Theater, Information Technology Building, at the Utica Campus. Admission is $10 general, $5 for MVCC employees, and free for MVCC students.
Foyeh started playing music at an early age in Nigeria, and while mainly a self-taught musician, he studied at Berklee College of Music. With his band Orchestra Africa, Foyeh has performed around the world, including Europe, the United States, Canada, Japan, and Africa. Orchestra Africa’s music, dubbed “Afrijam,” arises from traditional Africa juxtaposed with modern influences such as high technology, advanced communications, and international travel in a global market. Afrijam is a fusion of Nigerian music styles – Highlife, Afrobeat, and traditional Yoruba music with rock, pop, and jazz.
Toby Foyeh composes, arranges, produces the band’s music, and sings with his backing female singer-dancers. Orchestra Africa features traditional African instruments such as Gangan (Yoruba Talking Drum), Bata drums, assorted percussion instruments, flute, guitars, keyboards, and synthesizers, and male lead and female lead and chorus vocals.
Tickets for all Cultural Series events can be purchased in person at the MVCC Box Office, Information Technology Building room 106, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday–Friday, and at the College Stores on the Utica and Rome Campuses; online anytime at www.mvcc.edu/tickets<https://www.mvcc.edu/tickets>; or over the phone by calling 315-731-5721.
Most Cultural Series events are $5 or less to the general public and many are free. Events include concerts, comedians, lectures, film screenings and discussions, workshops, family fun events, and more. The Cultural Series is brought to you by MVCC’s Cultural Events Council, in collaboration with MVCC’s Program Board, with significant support from the Student Activity Fee. The series maintains a major social media presence that can be followed on Facebook at “MVCC Cultural Series.” For the complete series lineup and ticket sales, visit www.mvcc.edu/culture<https://www.mvcc.edu/culture>.