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Michael Mwenso’s Black Music Series

Thu, October 22, 2020, 7:00 pm

Due to COVID-19, sales will be online only. For assistance over the phone, please email tickets@sonoma.edu.

Musician, performing artist and cultural Babalawo (spiritual guide) Michael Mwenso offers his unique and ancestral perspective on Black music. As an African-born queer man growing up in London and New York, Mwenso and special guests delve into a wide range of his own discoveries while shedding light on the Black experience though discussion, historical recordings, and performance.

In The Code Switch, Michael has Johnny O’Neal take us on the journey of his life and career as he criss-crossed the US as a full-time musician – adapting to new situations professionally and socially – as cultural shifts took place. Through examining this legend’s career, Michael leads the viewer to see first hand how the Black musician had to adapt in the second half of the 20th century to continue a professional music career.

Johnny O’Neal has earned the title of “master” with fellow musicians and audiences around the world. Highlights of his awe-inspiring career include stints with Ray Brown, Milt Jackson and Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. There is little wonder he was tapped to play virtuoso pianist Art Tatum in the Academy Award-winning Ray Charles biopic Ray.

Grab your favorite beverage, find a comfortable seat, and learn more about Mwenso, O’Neal, and the power of Black music.

Presented in part by Redwood Credit Union and Cartograph

How does it work?

Buy tickets for $10 (Gather your family around the tv or computer to watch all together. No need for multiple tickets.) or subscribe to the whole season for $80.

You’ll receive an email 2 days before the event with a link and information about how to join the live stream. You can watch on any internet-connected device—TV, computer, tablet, phone, etc. We recommend a larger screen and good speakers.

All shows last 60-75 minutes They stream at the appointed time and are then available to watch for 48 hours following the stream.

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