Rich diversity of African artists are Minnesota bound

Fatoumata Diawara Photo: Pascal Varrel
Fatoumata Diawara Photo: Pascal Varrel
The Twin Cities entertainment scene will experience a rich diversity of African entertainment in the coming months. we have compiled some of them for your consideration.

Ordway in St. Paul
345 Washington Street
Saint Paul, MN 55102
651.224.4222 Ticket Office

Rennie Harris Puremovement Fri, Feb 7 – 7:30 hip-hop from Philadelphia
Several classes or discussions will take place this week.

More information is here.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo Sun, Feb 9, 2014 7:30 pm from South African
Before the show opens Dr. Leon Rodrigues of Bethel University and Professor Sowah Mensah, Macalester College will offer a special address with their experiences of apartheid in South Africa. Following the concert, a party will be held.

More information is available here.

Maria de Barros Wed, Feb 19 – 7:30 from Cape Verde and there will be dancing including a 5:30 pm dance class available by pre-registration. Also an hour before the show starts, vocalists Elsa Vega Perez and Maria Isa Perez will discuss their artistic endeavors and their commitment to cross-generational sharing with the intention of passing on traditions.

Go here for more information.

The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess Tue, Mar 25 & Wed, Mar 26
Pre- and post-show discussions will be offered with an opportunity to see and hear excepted performances of some of the greatest musicals of all time. After the last performance, there will be a discussion with the performers.

Go here to learn more.

STEP AFRIKA! May 31 – June 1

More information can be found here.

The Cedar Cultural Center
416 Cedar Ave S,
Minneapolis MN 55454
Tel: 612-338-2674

The Cedar presents five events imbued with African essence as well.

Habib Koité on February 25th at 7:30 pm from Mali promises an honest performance with delectable commentary.

Meklit (Hadero) March 27th at 7:30 pm born in Ethiopia, relocated to the United States, Meklit presents a broad palette of music.

Sierra Leone Refugee All-Stars April 3 at 7:30 pm always an energetic band, they will bring their audience to the dance floor

Tinariwen April 6th at 7:30 pm, a nomadic people from the Saharan deserts of Mali, this band brings their hypnotic sound back to the Cedar stage.

Fatoumata Diawara April 12th at 8:00 pm puts a completely new face on Malian music in contrast to the other musicians from Mali at the Cedar this year.

Information about tickets can be found here

About Susan Budig

Susan is based in Minneapolis and reports on general assignments for Mshale with a focus on entertainment. In addition to reporting, she is also a writer, poet, teacher and coach.

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