Performing groups from Central and Western Africa will present a show of tribal art and contemporary entertainers in Africa Oye! (Long Live Africa) at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center in Tampa. Entertainment includes pende musicians and dancers from Zaire who assume mysterious identities with masks and intricate costumes; a quartet of musicians from Niger who in ancient times accompanied chiefs into battle with music that sustained morale and passed coded messages; peul acrobats and musicians from Guinea who spin through the air while playing their instruments; soothsayer dancers who transform their bodies with elaborate paint, feathers, skins and cloths; percussionists from Guinea whose drum calls find their response from the back of the theater; Batwa-Ekonda Pygmies from northern Zaire with an unearthly counterpoint of calls and response accompanying their crouching movements; Kandia Kouyate, a griot (historian-troubador) from Mali singing songs accompanying the plinking sounds of the balafon and kora (xylophone-guitar; and the Babunda from Zaire with explosive musical sounds.
Tickets are $10, $17.50 and $19.50. The show is in Festival Hall in the Performing Arts Center, 1010 N MacInnes Place in downtown Tampa. Call (800) 955-1045.