The Black Earth Band was formed in the late 1970's by Robert Chonia, (Sir Roberto) a Ghanaian musician based in Switzerland. The band was initially a six piece band, with all members originating from Ghana, West Africa. Robert Chonia (Keyboards), Joseph Tetteh Quaye, also known as Ringo (Lead Guitar), Danny Quao (Drums), McSandy Abankwa (Bass Guitar), Eric Asante also known as Officer Torro (African Drums & Percussion) and Evans Omani also known as Othello Pacheco (Lead Vocals). The Band whose broad repertoire includes, Afro music, Pop Music, Smooth Jazz, Soul, R&B and Reggae, has enjoyed a lot of success since it's formation.
The Band has toured countries like Germany, England, Scotland, Italy, Morocco, Denmark, Sweden, Austria, the former Yugoslavia, among many others.
The Black Earth Band has gone through changes and is currently one of the best live bands based in Switzerland. The multi nationals in the current formation contribute to the diversity and the complexity of Black Earth's Live Performances.
The present line up comprises of:
Robert Chonia from Ghana (Keyboards).
Willie Jordan from Ghana (Drums).
Jean Claude Torko from Togo (Bass Guitar).
Mike Ryrie from England (Saxophone).
Montlafi Dooka from South Africa (Female Vocalist).
Winston Blu from Jamaica (Male Vocalist).
The Band performs for a wide variety of Events. Such as Open Air Festivals, Night Club Shows, Company Events, Aperos, Weddings, Birthday Parties and many more.
The rhythm section also plays as a backing band for solo performers.
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The Black Earth Band presents an incredible performance with its African Show. Happy rhythms from the West Coast, known as Highlife Music, and the Unique sound of the South, coupled with colorful costumes contribute to a magnificent performance. The powerful voice of Montlafi Dooka rings through the air as she treats the audience to some of the popular tunes from South Africa. Besides original tunes, the band plays versions of Miriam Makeba, Brenda Fassie, Hugh Masekela, Fela Kuti, Osibisa and many more. The band performs for festivals and cultural events with it's powerful African music repertoire.
Pop, Soul and Funk
The Black Earth Band performs for parties such as birthdays, weddings, company events, vernisage, Night Clubs, etc. with a commercial repertiore. With popular hits from the Pop Charts, the band treats it's audience to a dance extravaganza. Tunes include hits from 80's and 90's. The band plays versions of Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse, Donna Summer, Tina Turner, Alicia Keys, Sade, Kool and the Gang, Sister Sledge among others.
The band has a Smooth Jazz Repertoire, that is suitable for welcoming guests to an event, eg. apero, dinner, or vernisage. These are mostly popular Jazz tunes played instrumentally. With saxophone or piano taking the Lead. Tunes include songs from Anton Jobim, George Benson, Billy Cobham, Crusaders, Jonathan Butler, Hugh Masekela among others.
The Band has a line up of tunes for Reggae concerts and festivals. With the dynamic voice of Winston Blu, backed by the sweet female voices of Montlafi and Tamara, the band presents a unique live experience. The tunes include songs from the legendary Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, Jimmy Cliff and many more.