Youth orchestra to perform  at British Council

Youth orchestra to perform at British Council

The Pan African Youth Orchestra (PAYO), a collection of young musicians between the ages of six  and 19 years, will be  re-launched with a performance on Saturday, December 13 at the British Council Auditorium in Accra.


PAYO comprises 26 children  handpicked from various schools in the Greater Accra Region. 

Under the direction of Kweku Kwakye, the orchestra is the junior version of the famous Pan African Orchestra (PAO) created in 1988 by the late  musicologist and composer,  Nana Danso Abiam.

PAYO therefore  renders a scintillating repertoire  of  dynamic African sounds elicited from an array of traditional instruments.  

The orchestra  has performed in various local and international festivals/concerts such as Kiddafest, PANAFEST and Emancipation Day. 

It has also collaborated with the Peace Train Band and the Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, both from South Africa. 

PAYO will travel  to Michigan in the United States in February, next year for concerts and workshops marking  the 2015 Black History Month.

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