[Mwenso and the Shakes] Photo by Elizabeth Leitzell
Photo by Elizabeth Leitzell

Mwenso and the Shakes

Presented in association with
Isabel Soffer/livesounds.org


“Full of energy, charm and most importantly, joy.”—NPR

A unique troupe of global artists from Sierra Leone, London, South Africa, Greenwich Village, Madagascar, France, Jamaica, and Hawaii; the Shakes all now call Harlem their home. Joyfully commanding a formidable timeline of jazz and blues expression through African and Afro American music, Michale Mwenso leads the group’s Spiegeltent debut with an electrifying show the New York Times calls “intense, prowling, and ebullient.”