Artistic creations by local black artists, Toby Foyeh and Orchestra Africa highlighted on Harmony Day Feb. 17

Harmony, a day featuring people of African origin and their contributions to the world, will be celebrated Tuesday, Feb. 17, at Tennessee Tech University.

To begin the day, an exhibit of artistic creations of black TTU employees and community members will be presented from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room and Leona Lusk Officer Black Cultural Center, both located on the second floor of the Roaden University Center.

A performance by Toby Foyeh and Orchestra Africa is set for 6 p.m in the Multipurpose Room.

Toby Foyeh and Orchestra Africa play a fusion of modern Nigerian music (Afrobeat, Highlife & traditional Yoruba Music) with jazz.

Among the jazz festivals in which the band has performed are Fuji Rock Festival, Niigata Japan in 2006, Montreal Jazz Festival, Toronto Jazz Festival (twice 2001 & 2003), Detroit International Jazz Festival, Syracuse Jazz Festival, Curacao Jazz Festival, Grenada Jazz Festival, Jamica Ocho Rios Jazz Festival and more.

They have also performed at several European festivals and many others in the U.S.

The band leader has musical performance experience of up to 20 years, plus a college musical education at Berklee College of Music in Boston and Howard University in Washington D.C.

Two of the group’s dancers previously performed with the National Dance Troupe of Nigeria.

For more information about this event, call TTU’s Minority Affairs office at 931/372-3392.

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