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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.

Cape Verde’s Lucibela to make Minneapolis debut at the Dakota

Cape Verde’s Lucibela to make Minneapolis debut at the Dakota

Situated in Atlantic waters 350 miles from West Africa, over a half-million people live on the ten tiny islands of the Cabo Verde archipelago. Lush, soothing, monotonic music pours out…

KOKOKO! brings the energy and vibe of Kinshasa to The Cedar

KOKOKO! brings the energy and vibe of Kinshasa to The Cedar

From the Democratic Republic of the Congo, roughly the size of Alaska, hales a band with a sound to match the size of their country. KOKOKO!, formed only three years…

Atlantis 13 will feature at Momentum New Dance Festival

Atlantis 13 will feature at Momentum New Dance Festival

Choreographers Jonathan (AJ) van Arneman and Peace Madimutsa use the stories from hundreds of years ago, presenting the re-imagined story of a whitewashed history, where Black bodies share in a…

Angelique Kidjo: I have a feeling of breathing that lifts me up in Minnesota

Angelique Kidjo: I have a feeling of breathing that lifts me up in Minnesota

Like a stone skimming across the surface of the waters, songstress of Benin and Africa, Angelique Kidjo, will skate across the City of Lakes as she tours the States from…

10th Annual Global Roots Festival at the Cedar

10th Annual Global Roots Festival at the Cedar

Clear your calendar for the upcoming weekend all the way through Wednesday, September 19th. The Cedar Cultural Center teaming with the American Swedish Institute present the 10th annual Global Roots…

Abdullah Ibrahim takes stage at the Dakota Monday, April 16th

Abdullah Ibrahim takes stage at the Dakota Monday, April 16th

He spent the first two full minutes of our 13 minute interview laughing at the absurdity of my question. Simply put, after performing professionally for sixty-nine years, trotting around the…

Ladysmith Black Mambazo: We will warm you up and bring the sunshine from South Africa

Ladysmith Black Mambazo: We will warm you up and bring the sunshine from South Africa

Perennial Ladysmith Black Mambazo takes the stage for a two-night performance at the Ordway in St. Paul this coming February 22nd and 23rd, 2018. Evergreen and enduring describe their performance…

Executive Chef Jamal Hashi is back in Minneapolis as Jambo Kitchen opens

Executive Chef Jamal Hashi is back in Minneapolis as Jambo Kitchen opens

I am a writer by discipline, although discipline lately hasn’t been my companion nearly often enough. It’s much too easy to fritter away time surfing and clicking. But I think…

Green Card Voices Offers a Platform for Immigrant Stories

Green Card Voices Offers a Platform for Immigrant Stories

Her face now reserved, Aisha Abdullahi sits on stage under a bright spotlight. Jose Guzman works the microphone and camera while Tea Rozman-Clark perches in an opposing chair, leaning forward,…

Ladysmith Black Mambazo: Cultural Ambassadors for South Africa

Their smiling faces and simple melodies belie the hard work and carefully cultivated talent that goes into the performance of Grammy-winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo. В On stage at the historic State…

Somi to perform new album at the Ordway

Somi to perform new album at the Ordway

Somi performs at the Ordway in St. Paul January 27th. She’s been in town before; this time around, she’ll bring to the stage music featured on her newest album, yet…

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