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Mankwe Monika Nkatuati Ndosi is a Minneapolis-based vocalist and multidisciplinary performer of Tanzanian & Midwestern descent. She's been working for over a decade in the mediums of theater, dance, music, spoken word and improvisation.
In addition to her independent work, Mankwe is part of Douglas R. Ewart & Orchestra Inventions, a Chicago-based improvisational group rooted in creative black music. She is a board member of Speak-Out Sisters coordinating the Revolutionary Women’s Cabaret. She also works with in the belly as a peer-facilitator of writing & performance workshops focused on incarcerated peoples.
Her interests include myth, healing, and bridging the distance between African & African American peoples & music. Mankwe leads workshops in voice, writing & stage work, leads wild plant walks, and writes unfinished spirituals.
Morstad’s winning proposal was selected for the Innovate mnartists.org $5,000.00 award from dozens of proposals submitted. Radio mnartists will be broadcast on Art Matters, every Friday at 11am on KFAI Fresh Air Community Radio-FM Radio – 90.3 in Minneapolis and 106.7 in St. Paul and posted online every Friday on www.mnartists.org. Composer Ken Brahmstedt will assist in the production of the series.
“Radio mnartists” features 20 conversations with a varied group of artists from around Minnesota. Says Morstad: “The series is meant to create a larger picture of the diversity of artists working throughout the state and will provide arts enthusiasts with a compelling entry point into the broader Minnesota arts culture.”
The Innovate mnartists.org Award was designed to expand awareness of the mnartists.org website, to broaden the audience, increase participation on the site, use the site’s technology in fresh ways, promote diversity, and connect artists with audience. We thought Morstad's proposed radio interview series met these challenges well: her subjects live all around the state, and include an incredible range of media and styles.
Her complete series will be presented as an audio collection on mnartists.org in January 2006.