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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.

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…

February 18th marks Gambia’s independence and IBé’s original celebration

February 18th marks Gambia’s independence and IBé’s original celebration

In a single breath, IBé can spill out over two hundred syllables. But to honor Gambia’s 49th anniversary of independence, he’s asking us to read only 17 syllables at a…

Rich diversity of African artists are Minnesota bound

Rich diversity of African artists are Minnesota bound

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…

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…