Mwenso & the Shakes are a unique troupe of global artists who present music that merges the highest form of entertainment and artistry while commanding a formidable timeline of jazz and blues expression through African and Afro American music. Immigrating from Sierra Leone, London, South Africa, Greenwich Village, Madagascar, France, Jamaica, and Hawaii, the Shakes all now call Harlem their home. Taking from the stylings of Fats Waller, Muddy Waters, James Brown, and many other American musical legends, Michael Mwenso leads an electrifying show the New York Times calls “intense, prowling, and ebullient”.
If you can, show your love for the arts by purchasing an “Advocate” ticket; the additional ticket cost directly benefits Krannert Center.
Check out these free, public engagement events with Michael Mwenso and partners:
Mo Sep 19 at 8pm
Pour Bros. Hang
Pour Bros. Craft Taproom
40 E. University Ave.
We Sep 21 at Noon
Lunch and Learn: Reimagining Africa in Our Futures
Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center
1212 W. Nevada St., Urbana
We Sep 21 at 4pm
Afrofuture Bubbliciousness and the Joy of Decolonization: Free Your Imagination And . . . .
Krannert Center Lobby/Stage 5
Join Michael Mwenso, Jono Gasparo, College of Fine and Applied Arts faculty, and community members for a thoughtful, fun conversation on pursuing joy in the struggle for transformation.