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Vusi Mahlasela to perform in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday night

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UPDATED: 21 January 2014 | 3:54 pm   ::  



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.

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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.

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