Mwenso and the Shakes

Events with Mwenso and the Shakes

To be announced.


Mwenso and the Shakes are an artist-collective-turned-family made up of some of the most creative and virtuosic musicians in the world. Driven by their founder’s deep ancestral understanding of the art form, they came together through many late nights exploring music outside of the traditional classroom and celebrating life and their unique international cultures. Their foundational roots, familial trust, and total understanding of the continuum of music create the freedom and fluidity of their spontaneous, communal, and improvised output of joy, thought, and empowerment.


Over the course of three evenings, Michael Mwenso and his multicultural crew of musicians and dancers will present a new music-theater piece exploring forms of spirituality and celebrating strength and resilience.


“We’re trying to fulfill the spirit of Louis Armstrong and those people, we want to protect what they held up, and guard it and bow and give reverence to them — but also to be free within ourselves.” (JazzTimes)