Mwenso and the Shakes “Love Will Be thee Only Weapon”
Michael Mwenso continues his empowering quest to unify through love and healing so we can overcome darkness and ascend to our deepest human potential. In the Center for the Performing Arts’ return to in-person presentations, Mwenso and The Shakes will perform “Love Will Be thee Only Weapon” on the Eisenhower Auditorium patio. Kikora Franklin and dancers will open the performance.
Mwenso and his Harlem-based roots band will guide us through an experience of original songs and expressions that journey through the kaleidoscope of Black ancestral diasporic music and traditions. Mwenso will further explore the vision of his work through the addition of dancers and a thematic narrative.
A Jazziz writer calls Mwenso and The Shakes “a unique troupe of global artists presenting music that merges entertainment and artistry.” A New York Times critic describes the genre-spanning band as “intense, prowling, and ebullient.”
Franklin is an associate professor of theatre/dance and associate director of equity, diversity, and inclusion for the Penn State School of Theatre, where she teaches courses on West-African, jazz, and Mojah dance plus hip-hop theatre. She also is co-founder and artistic director of State College-based Roots of Life Performing Arts Ensemble for young people.