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Carnegie Hall Presents

AfroCosmicMelatopia

Featuring Mwenso and the Shakes
Sunday, February 27, 2022 7 PM Zankel Hall
Mwenso and the Shakes by Oluwaseye Olusa
Join young artists and creators from the Weill Music Institute community as they showcase original music and art inspired by Carnegie Hall’s Afrofuturism festival. Anchoring the event is Michael Mwenso and the Shakes, a singular “troupe of global artists presenting music that merges entertainment and artistry” (Jazziz). Together with the young songwriters, they bring to life new music, movements, and stories with their own unique flair. Expect a genre-crossing affair that exemplifies the openhearted and boundary-defying spirit of Afrofuturism.

Part of: Afrofuturism and AfroCosmicMelatopia

Performers

Mwenso and the Shakes
Michael Mwenso, Bandleader and Vocals
·· Shenel Johns, Vocals
·· Vuyo Sotashe, Special Guest Vocals
·· Ruben Fox, Saxophone
·· Giveton Gelin, Trumpet
·· Rashaan Salaam, Trombone
·· Franklin Rankin, Guitar
·· Chris Smith, Bass
·· Chris Pattishall, Piano and Keyboards
·· Dominique Gervais, Drums
·· Ahmad Johnson, Drums
·· Michela Lerman, Tap and Dance
·· Negah Santos, Percussion


and
Adia Colvin, Poet
Chimwekele Okoro, Poet
Deborah Adesodun, Vocals
Orson Benjamin, Vocals
Catherine Genao, Vocals
Ainka-Amara Gillespie, Vocals
Sarai Gonzalez, Vocals
Jamar Johnson, Vocals
Ruth Kendall, Vocals
Tiana Oquendo, Vocals
Jesse Quiros, Vocals
Cynthia Soriano, Vocals
Bishop Chantel Wright, Vocals
Jordan White, Vocals
Shonari J. Edwards, Vocals and Keyboards
Quenton Xavier Blache, Cello
BLVK Samurai, Sampler
Miles Lennox, Piano
Imaani Russell, Dance

Program

MICHAEL MWENSO "Resolute"

MICHAEL MWENSO "Know The God"

"Say You Believe"

RUTH KENDALL "Freedom's Anthem"

"They Say"

LORD JUDAH Manifestations

CYNTHIA SORIANO / PAUL ODEH "Black Star"

CATHERINE GENAO / JESSE QUIROS / SARAI GONZALEZ / TIANA OQUENDO "Beauty"

ADIA COLVIN "He is at the beginning, and we meet him at the end"

MICHAEL MWENSO "Be Careful What You Pray For"

MICHAEL MWENSO "No Regrets"

SHONARI J. EDWARDS Dive (Into the Cosmos)

MILES LENNOX "City Walk"

QUENTON XAVIER BLACHE "Free for layered celli"

JOSEPH WILSON "Honestly"

CHIMWEKELE OKORO "A Letter to My Daughter"

IGMAR THOMAS "RMPs"

BLVK Samurai "Cosmic Jungle"

"Black Magic"

MICHAEL MWENSO "Stop Playing Games"

MICHAEL MWENSO "The Letter"

Watch on February 27

Howard Gilman and Bank of America logos.

Support for Afrofuturism is provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation and Bank of America.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Support for the visual arts components of the Afrofuturism festival has been provided by the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation.

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