Amanda Seales, the multi-talent perhaps more popularly known as Amanda Diva, has a bold new gig lined up for next month. The Renaissance woman will perform jazz interpretations of classic Wu-Tang Clan material in a live production called Mo' Betta Wu.
"[W]ith a couple of new Wu albums on the horizon, we feel it's the perfect opportunity," said one of the show's producers, Thomas Harden, managing partner of the Blue & Silver Creative Group.
This year, Wu-Tang Clan is celebrating the 20-year anniversary of their debut, Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers, and have just announced the release of a one-of-a-kind collector's edition of a secret album that they've been recording for the past six years, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.
No release date has been set as yet for either project.
Meanwhile, Seales will take the stage at (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York City for Mo' Betta Wu, where she'll sing — and rap, maybe — alongside pianist Kris Bowers, who has key tickling credit on Watch the Throne and a win from the 2011 Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition under his belt.
As for her credits, in addition to her work as a host/comedienne for major outlets like Vh1 and MTV, and for her own one-woman shows like It's Complicated: Hilarical Answers to Serious Questions About Love and Death of the Diva, Seales is an accomplished DJ and painter — her Warrigirls and Hairoines art exhibit yielded the sale of six of her paintings, for example.
Mo' Betta Wu premieres April 10. Doors open at 6 p.m. The show starts at 7.
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(Photo: Jerome A. Shaw/Courtesy of Amanda Seales)