Mwenso and 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 in New York City 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.”
Mwenso and the Shakes, a staple of the New York City jazz scene, are known for their mix of rock, jazz, funk, gospel and blues and a performance style reminiscent of musical theater.
—Fort Worth Star-Telegram