502 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy
Maryville, TN 37804
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, as well as assorted Percussion Instruments, flute, guitars, keyboards and synthesizers. 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 Toby Foyeh serve as highlights for individual songs. The lead Guitar is treated with the calculated virtuosity, speed and technique of a skilled jazz guitarist. 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.
Toby Foyeh was born in London, United Kingdom of Nigerian parents and is based in the United States. He started playing music from an early age in Nigeria.
Orchestra Africa’s music dubbed as “AFRIJAM Music” arises from old traditional Africa juxtaposed with modern influences.