Join us for an intimate Digital Discovery concert with the magnetic impresario Michael Mwenso and South African jazz singer Vuyo Sotashe, both members of the dynamic National Sawdust season five group-in-residence Mwenso & The Shakes. The two will present a selection of original duets, both new and from the Shakes catalogue in this 30 minute set from Harlem.
Michael Mwenso is an irrepressible vocalist and natural ringleader who draws inspiration from the communal aspects of making jazz. He was born in Sierra Leone, began singing and playing piano after he moved to London as a young child. On note, Michael toured with James Brown, the King of Soul in Europe at a young age. He left school when he was 16 to lead his own bands and perform with local jazz groups in various clubs, including parts of Asia. Wynton Marsalis invited Michael to join the programming team at Jazz at Lincoln Center and head the After-Hours program at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola. Michael has performed with Jon Hendricks, Jamie Cullum, Reginald Veal, Maceo Parker, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Wynton Marsalis, and many others.
Young South African jazz vocalist, Vuyo (Vuyolwethu) Sotashe, is one of the most exciting young vocalists in the New York jazz scene today. Sotashe moved to the NYC in 2013 after being awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to pursue Master of Music (Spring 2015) at William Paterson University. Since then, he has gone to win first prize at the very first Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival Vocal Competition in 2014, and performed on the festival's main stage in February of 2015. More recently, he 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. In the same he 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.
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