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"The heavy hitting Mwanza Furaha sings with a powerful and sublime voice that lifts each song above the ordinary. Her laconic improvisations give 'Georgia On My Mind' a Cab Calloway feeling, which blends with the mood as the sun sets over the bay. She sings 'My Funny Valentine' with a Samba beat, adding little scat sections that is applauded by the audience."

Baum Biem, Music Critic
Marin Scope/The Music Scene 6/5-11/08

"Mwanza Furaha , in a creamcolored, flapper-like dress, loosened up the room when she sang "Everything Must Change." "I forget the words to this song, it's been too long!" she sang, and then playfully wandered into scat. While the concert brought back memories of life in this San Francisco neighborhood a half-century ago, the city's redevelopment agency would like to reach back and make the Fillmore, also known as Western Addition, a destination once again for jazz enthusiasts by encouraging clubs -- including Yoshi's, the Oakland landmark -- to open in the neighborhood . . .

"Maestro Curtis said: "When these cats came together and made this music, it bubbled over . . . I don't think it ever left." Curtis sang with Furaha in the re-recreated "Bob City," where jazz legends like Sammy Davis Jr. used to play.

"After performing, Furaha glowed in the feeling of the evening. "It really took me back to my youth, when I walking around these corners, going into Jacks', Playpen and Halfnote. They allowed me to hone my craft."

Excerpted from Alameda Times-Star, ANG Newspapers

The Bolinas Hearsay News/ Dale Polissar / Feb 5 2010

On Feb 5 2010, Dale Polissar wrote in the Bolinas Hearsay News "Dynamic Singer To be Featured"

"Those of you who were lucky enough to hear Mwanza Furaha sing at last years labor Day street party, or at last Bolinas Mardi Gras celebration, will know what a treat you're in for