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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.

Otaak bringing music of the Pharaohs to Minneapolis

Otaak bringing music of the Pharaohs to Minneapolis

With his Beja heritage, Ahmed Said Abuamna from Eastern Sudan, brings the spellbinding music from his homeland to the Cedar Cultural Center this coming Wednesday, January 29th. Joining him with…

Oliver Mtukudzi performing at the Dakota in Minneapolis January 21

Oliver Mtukudzi performing at the Dakota in Minneapolis January 21

Like the Colorado River helped to sculpt the Grand Canyon, so Oliver Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits work to shape their musical landscape into a fluid work of beauty. Tuku…

African Gallery reopens at Minneapolis Institute of Arts

African Gallery reopens at Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Renovations at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts have kept the African Gallery boarded up for the past ten months. Now they’ve opened their doors to a new way of taking…

Rokia Traore to perform at Cedar’s 25th anniversary season

Rokia Traore to perform at Cedar’s 25th anniversary season

Good things come in threes and Rokia Traoré’s appearance at The Cedar Cultural Center on November 25th will be her third gig at their venue, as if following a timetable…

Acoustic Africa: Afropean Woman at Dakota Jazz Club

Acoustic Africa: Afropean Woman at Dakota Jazz Club

Dobet Gnahoré dances with the same formidable skill as David Rudisha races. This coming Sunday, she teams up with two other musicians to present an unforgettable show at the Dakota…

Voices of Strength Performance Unconventional and Innovative

Voices of Strength Performance Unconventional and Innovative

“Much of their performance was pedestrian,” said Maja Brunes, dance major graduate from Main Street School of Performing Arts in Hopkins and admitted dance major to the University of Minnesota.…

Voices of Strength Speaks for the Global Woman

Voices of Strength Speaks for the Global Woman

Voices of Strength—featuring a consortium of African artists—brings a festival of dance, theater, and storytelling to the Walker Arts Center stage during mid-October. In performances both ticketed and free, audiences…

Fela! a production like no other

Fela! a production like no other

One thing I know for certain, I want to sit in that audience again and lose myself in the world of Fela Kuti, to hear jumbling, swarming notes that fall…

Fela! hits the stage at St. Paul’s Ordway, promises unforgettable evening

Fela! hits the stage at St. Paul’s Ordway, promises unforgettable evening

The Ordway Theater in St. Paul, presents a wide variety of performance art including dance, theater, and music. Their upcoming production of Fela! comprises all of these genres with an…

Seun Kuti to Jump Onstage at Cedar Cultural Center

Seun Kuti to Jump Onstage at Cedar Cultural Center


Two headliner shows in mid-April: Seun Kuti at The Cedar on April 14th and Vieux Farka

Touré at the Dakota Jazz Bar on April 16th.

First a look at Seun…

What’s Coming Next to Top Gnahoré’s Performance Last Fall?

What’s Coming Next to Top Gnahoré’s Performance Last Fall?

Two months ago I attended a show by Dobet Gnahoré and her entourage. I’m still waiting for a gig equally as impressive. She performed on November 10th, 2011 at the…