Tuesday, June 14
Take Notice: Amplifying Black Stories
Season 2, Episode 18: N'Kenge
In this episode we talk with Grammy and Emmy-nominated artist, singer, producer, and creator, N’Kenge. Hear about N'Kenge's climb to success from growing up in New York to working in her mother's business while performing on the road to blossoming as a performer while attending graduate school at Julliard. We also discuss a bit about opera, music business, and stereotypes she encountered in casting while auditioning for parts.
N'Kenge has performed as a soloist at world-renowned illustrious performance venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Madison Square Garden and has headlined Pop and Opera concerts with Seattle Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, and Cleveland Orchestra, to name a few.
A proud alumni of both The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music, N’Kenge made her Broadway debut in Sondheim on Sondheim and most recently was on Broadway in the revival of Caroline, or Change.
This energetic, well-rounded singer has performed with jazz greats like Ornette Coleman and Wynton Marsalis and was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of the leading roles in both the Elton John/Tim Rice Musical Aida and in Marion Caffey’s 3 Mo’ Divas by the Helen Hayes Awards and the Arizoni Theater Awards.
In addition to her performances, N’Kenge is also a producer and is currently developing a Broadway-bound musical celebrating Dorothy Dandridge’s life and music. She is also developing a new TV musical dramedy, Black Butterfly, with TV producer Gina Goff.
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