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Michael Mwenso's Songs of Black Hope and Resistance: South African Protest Songs feat. Vuyo Sotashe - Joe's Pub Live!

Michael Mwenso's Songs of Black Hope and Resistance: South African Protest Songs feat. Vuyo Sotashe - Joe's Pub Live!

Michael Mwenso's Songs of Black Hope and Resistance: Protest Songs ft. Vuyo Sotashe -Joe's Pub Live!
August 7, 2020

While Joe's Pub is temporarily closed to public access, join us for Joe's Pub Live! – a free series of live-streamed performances from the performers' homes. Facilitating social connectivity during this time of physical distancing, Joe's Pub remains dedicated to supporting performing artists at every stage of their careers through sharing concerts with our audiences each week.

Black Music has always played a role in American protest, hope, and resilience. In this four part series, curator and host Michael Mwenso leads us on a journey of meaningful songs from the Black roots expression that speak to the ultimate human expression that has propelled change, continues to advance our nation's consciousness, and will serve as the guiding force towards healing.

Mwenso and the Shakes are a unique troupe of global artists who present music that merges the highest form of entertainment and artistry while commanding a formidable timeline of jazz and blues expression through African and Afro American music. Immigrating from Sierra Leone, London, South Africa, Greenwich Village, Madagascar, France, Jamaica, and Hawaii the Shakes all now call Harlem their home.  Taking from the stylings of Fats Waller, Muddy Waters, James Brown and many other American musical legends - Mwenso leads an electrifying show the New York Times calls “intense, prowling, and ebullient.” 

Young South African jazz vocalist, Vuyo (Vuyolwethu) Sotashe, moved to NYC in 2013 after being awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to pursue a Masters of Music at William Paterson University. He won first prize at the very first Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival Vocal Competition in 2014, and performed on the festival's main stage in February 2015. He also won the Audience prize award and placed second over-all at the Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition in 2015, held at the annual Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. He also placed third in the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Vocal competition, where he was the very first male vocalist ever to place in the competition's finals. Sotashe was the winner of the biggest music scholarship competition in South Africa, the South African Music Rights Foundation Scholarship, where he performed for the former South African President Thabo Mbeki. 


Sotashe has also sung on prestigious international stages, including Arcevia Jazz Fest and the Fermo Jazz Festival in Italy; the Stockholm Jazz Festival with South African National Youth Jazz Band in Sweden; at the Cape Town International Festival with George Benson and the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra; the Johannesburg Joy of Jazz Festival; and he has toured with the SAMA Award (Grammy equivalent) winning band Proxy in the UK and Ireland. He has also performed with Multi-Grammy Award winning gospel artist, Israel Houghton as part of New Breed (Africa) Ensemble. 


Russell Hall – Bass

Mathis Picard – Piano 

Click on the YouTube logo on the embedded player to chat with the artists and other virtual audience members during the premiere.
Presented in association with the Miami University Performing Arts Series.



No available performances in this month.