All shows in The Lounge are General Admission and seating is not guaranteed with ticket purchase. To make a reservation and guarantee a seat, click here or call 215-222-1400. The Lounge is a full-service restaurant & bar that opens at 6pm.
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Covid Policy: Unless otherwise stated, World Cafe Live will follow the City of Philadelphia’s current Covid-19 guidelines.
Hailing from Philadelphia, America’s City of Brotherly Love, Ryan Tennis’ music is all about dismantling boundaries and bringing people together. Genre-defiant by nature and with diversity at its core, his rousing songs are infused with the rhythms from the many countries he’s visited during his extensive tours. While his performances are dynamic and danceable, Tennis’ voice and songs have a disarming sweetness that lowers your defenses and lets you breathe easy.
A native of Cameroon, Mbappe is an unstoppable natural musician and gifted producer who past collaborations include musical greats such as Herbie Hancock, Manu Dibango, Fela Kuti, Ashanti Tokoto, Peter Gabriel, Youssou Ndour, Salif Keita, and King Sunny Ade.
By the age of nineteen Mbappe was bass player and musical director for Manu Dibango’s band, with whom he toured extensively from 1982 until 1990 while starting his work as a producer, including “Guido Vittale” by Koning Plank (featuring Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart), or the music arrangements for the film “Young Maestro” directed by Franco Zeffirelli.
Francis Mbappe is one of the most gifted musicians alive today. His voice and musical genius are unparalleled, and his unique and powerful sound charter completely new musical ground. Francis’ talent and vision place him among the true greats of any era. His deep knowledge of African music, combined with his incorporation of American pop, rock, funk and blues have given birth to an entirely new musical genre, one which speaks to the light in all of us. We are currently seeking endorsements and urge you to check him out online at www.fmgroove.com or www.francismbappe.com.