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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.

Seun Kuti to perform Thanksgiving Eve concert in Minneapolis

Seun Kuti to perform Thanksgiving Eve concert in Minneapolis

A last minute booking with the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis brings back Seun Kuti and Egypt 80 for a surprise performance on Wednesday, November 23rd. It’s the day before…

Femi Kuti and the Positive Force Take the Stage at The Cedar

Femi Kuti and the Positive Force Take the Stage at The Cedar

I couldn’t envision Femi Kuti and the Positive Force squashing onto The Cedar’s stage—not all the horn players, guitar players, drummers, dancers, keyboardist, and the man himself. I also could…

Femi Kuti to Perform at The Cedar July 15–Global Roots series

“How can you not care about 49 people killed in a nightclub,” Femi Kuti asks plaintively over the phone during an interview with Mshale recently. Indeed, this musical master of…

Siama Matuzungidi to Shake the Stage at the Cedar May 31

Siama Matuzungidi traveled across Africa performing his beloved soukous music of Zaire, now Democratic Republic of the Congo. Along the journey, he felt influences from Uganda, Kenya, and even Japan…

Queen of African music set for “Woman of Substance” concert in St. Paul

Queen of African music set for “Woman of Substance” concert in St. Paul

As part of St. Catherine University’s Woman of Substance Series, Angelique Kidjo will  perform at O’Shaughnessy Auditorium in St Paul on April 24th at 7 pm. The O’Shaughnessy’s Woman of…

King Sunny Ade’s Show at The Cedar Cancelled

King Sunny Ade’s Show at The Cedar Cancelled

If you had plans to enjoy King Sunny Ade at The Cedar Cultural Center on July 13th, you’ll need to make new plans. Due to a worldwide computer system breakdown…

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 to Perform at Rock the Garden June 21st

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 to Perform at Rock the Garden June 21st

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 understand how to play to huge crowds. They know how to handle hot sunshine or soaking rain. They’ve played in many festivals, but the weekend…

Despite late late start, Sauti Sol kicks off U.S. tour with a bang

Despite late late start, Sauti Sol kicks off U.S. tour with a bang

Sauti Sol teased radio listeners with a 20 minute interview on KFAI radio Thursday afternoon when they conversed with the hosts of African Rhythms, Brad Wrolstad and George (Jojo) Ndege,…

African Paradise Restaurant Opens in South Minneapolis

African Paradise Restaurant Opens in South Minneapolis

All week long, tantalizing aromas have been wafting from the doors of African Paradise Restaurant as they’ve rehearsed for their grand opening, Friday, March 20. The freshly painted walls and…

East African Voices at The Loft this Friday

The Loft’s Poetry Out Loud program, coordinated by Loft Education Outreach Manager Kathryn Savage, presents an evening of readings centering on East African voices. The East African Voices event, an…

Salif Keita to Grace Dakota Jazz Club Stage

When Salif Keita stepped on stage as an 18 year old in Mali, West Africa, it was 1967. World headlines looked much the same as they do now: Israeli and…