About the Band
Onye and the Messengers
Onye and The Messengers are fabulous Afro World Beat Band! Under the inspiration renowned Nigerian percussionist and performer/author, Onye Onyemaechi, these amazingly diverse professional musicians collaborate, compose and play a music that is a celebration of body and soul.
The sensational Horn Section of The Messengers includes John Kadyk on Tenor Saxophone and Steel Pan, and Cricket Seagull on Flute, Baritone Sax and Tenor Saxophone. The dynamic Rhythm Section includes Joel Bennett on Keyboard, Gregg Dessen, Rhythms & Lead Guitar, Wendell Rand on bass and Mark Escalera on Drum Set.
With an electrifying blend of influences ranging from Afro Beat, Reggae, Funk, Jazz and World Music, The Messengers can perform nationally and internationally for any entertainment events including festivals, corporate and private functions, universities, concerts and wineries.
Onye and The Messengers captivate crowds and move people's souls with their Afro-tribal beats and earth bound rhythms.
Dawn Bruchez(DJ Lilly)
Mind expanding! Onye and The Messengers embody music with truth and passion, with rhythms that heal and transform, making every performance a soulful and celebratory experience.
Michael Rothenberg, 100 Thousand Poets for Change
Onye Onyemaechi (African Percussion, Lead Vocal),
Mark Escalera (Drum Set, Vocals),
Troy Silveria (Vocals, Keyboard, Piano),
Cricket Seagull (Flute,Baritone Sax and tenor Saxophone),
John Kadyk (Vocals, Saxophone and Steelpan),
Molly Johnson (Trombone, Vocals),
Jeremy Gorman (Guitar),
Dr, Brian Lemesh (Bass)