What's Up Wednesday: Village Rhythms with Onye Onyemaechi

Onye Onyemaechi with drum set

Onye Onyemaechi, MBA is a world-renowned master percussionist, educator, author, and performing musician, who engages children and families in a participatory experience of African Village life.

For this event, he will actively involve the audience in drumming, dancing, songs and village stories. Onye uses captivating music, native dress and instruments presented in a historical/cultural context. All are encouraged to value and integrate their own heritages into their learning and living experiences. This event will take place at the Bowl in Mitchell Park. 

Onyemaechi is a celebrated recording artist, performer and virtuoso of African music who brings a powerful experience to audiences across the USA and Europe. The result is an electric musical feast uplifting the human spirit into a joyful buoyant union of body and soul. Currently, he performs Solo and leads Onye Onyemaechi and the Messengers, a eight-piece Afrobeat world band fusing African music with reggae, funk and Jazz. He is author of the book The Drum: Voice of the Village.

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  • Wednesday, July 20, 2022 | 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM


The Bowl at Mitchell Park, 600 E Meadow Dr., Palo Alto, CA 94303  View Map

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