Sankofa: A Musical Celebration of Black History

Myron's Cabaret Jazz at the Smith Center, 361 W Symphony Park Ave, Las Vegas

Michelle Johnson presents “Sankofa: a Musical Celebration of Black History” showcasing the rich and storied artistic contributions of African American culture through song and dance. The show is a reflective and celebratory historical musical journey featuring music from the Motherland, Negro spirituals, the blues, sizzling jazz from the days of the Cotton Club and the Harlem Renaissance, the music of African American iconic headliners such as Sammy Davis Jr., Lena Horne and Ella Fitzgerald, gospel music, selections from Broadway shows such as Porgy and Bess and Ragtime, the soul music of the civil rights era, rhythm and blues, hip hop and more.

Starring Michelle Johnson and other popular Las Vegas entertainers, this concert is sure to move and inspire in an electric celebration of African American heritage as we celebrate Black History Month in February, and African American culture all year long.

What is “Sankofa”? Sankofa is an African word from the Twi language of Akan tribe in Ghana that translates to "Go back and get it.” Sankofa is often associated with the proverb, "Se wo were fi na wosankofa a yenkyi," which translates as: "It is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten.

One of the symbols of Sankofa is a mythical bird that has its head turned back towards the lessons of the past, a valuable egg (the promise of the future) within its mouth and its legs firmly facing forward as it flies. The bird represents the need to reflect on the past to build a successful future.

“Sankofa: a Musical Celebration of Black History” is a reflection of those lessons and a vibrant celebration of the richness of African American culture, as we move forward towards a proud, bold and bright future. Don’t miss this outstanding program of music starring Michelle Johnson and some of the brightest names in Las Vegas entertainment.