So distinctive, he is known in his country simply as “The Voice,” Vusi Mahlasela unites South African folk rhythms with a global palette of pop, blues and soul. He has released seven studio albums on Sony in South Africa and was signed to Dave Matthews’ ATO Records in 2003.
- Vusi Mahlasela
- Tue Feb 12 2013 – 7:00 pm
- CSPS Hall, Cedar Rapids
- $17 advance — $21 door
Vusi has been a vocal advocate for social justice since his youth when he was involved in the struggle against Apartheid. Those efforts were captured in the documentary Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony, which introduced the world to this extraordinary force for beauty and hope.
After the release of Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony, and the accompanying soundtrack, long-time admirer and fellow South African, Dave Matthews, signed Vusi to his own ATO Records label and released The Voice (2003), a collection of the best songs from Vusi’s catalog. In 2007, ATO released Guiding Star, his first full-length release in the States. 2011’s Say Africa, produced by Taj Mahal and recorded at Dave Matthews Band’s studio in Charlottesville, VA, captured Vusi’s hope for the future of Africa: “Let all those who share in Mandela’s greatest wish–to one day see an Africa that is at peace with herself–SAY AFRICA.” Vusi’s brand new release, Sing to the People, features live versions of his best songs.