Mwenso & The Shakes

© Lydie Nesvadba

© Lydie Nesvadba

Their performances are so riveting it is impossible to turn away, as if there is some element of humanity inside us that we have forgotten and are longing to awaken. The troupe of global artists came together when Michael Mwenso created the late night jam at Dizzy’s, and they can groove, cook, and jam all the way home, with three vocals and a tap dancer up front. Michael Mwenso leads their electrifying show, described by the New York Times as “intense, prowling, and ebullient.”

Michel Mwenso hails from Sierra Leone, but spent his teen years hanging out at Ronnie Scott’s in London where he was exposed to the greats, with the great James Brown bringing him up to sing and dance - a moment that changed his life. The band is from well, everywhere, a truly global meeting of like minds. While fully mesmerizing to watch, the band has powerful message inside the music - an uplifting statement of individuality, courage, and community. The compositions cover a formidable timeline of jazz and blues expression through African and Afro American music. 

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.


Release Date: August 2, 2019


Michael Mwenso // Bandleader, Vocals
Vuyo Sotashe // Vocals
Michela Marino Lerman // Tap Dancer
Russell Hall // Bass
Mathis Picard // Keyboards, Synths, Piano
Gabe Schnider // Guitar
Kyle Poole // Drums
Ruben Fox // Tenor Sax
Julian Lee // Tenor Sax
Anthony Orgi // Alto Sax, No Regrets

Executive Producer:
Jono Gasparro

Michael Mwenso
The Jedi Master

Production Manager:
Taylor Roig

Recorded at:
Creative Alliance // Baltimore, MD
Creative Alliance Performance Director:
Josh Kohn

Recording Engineers:
Taylor Roig
Justin Gracie

No Regrets Recorded at Man Made Studios

Mix and Master:
Jedi Master at World Alert Music, NYC

Album Design:
Maya Sariahmed

Anna Salmi

Marketing Director:
Miles Wilkins