(United States)

Kesiena Wanogho, aka KESSWA, is an interdisciplinary artist from Detroit, Michigan. As a vocalist, producer, filmmaker and music curator, her work integrates performance, sound, light, music and mantra. Her most recent work, “Is My Mind A Machine Gun?” premiered on the MOCAD’s New Media platform, Daily Rush. She has performed in support of avant-garde black artists such as Sudan Archives, The Sun Ra Arkestra, River Spirit, Rashaad Newsome, and Sterling Toles at institutions such as The Cleveland Art Museum, The University of Michigan Museum of Art, and the Detroit Institute of Arts. Her musical work has scored films such as Ahya Simone’s “Femme Queen Chronicles”, and Jamil McGinnis and Pat Heywood’s “Gramercy”. Her collaborations include; Allied Media Conference’s 2020 Opening Ceremony with featured artist Esperanza Spalding, “Got Flicked (The Rebirth)” of Boldy James and Sterling Toles’ “The Manger” album, and an upcoming project with renowned music producer and percussionist, Shigeto.