Bluesfest Touring

Vusi Mahlasela

Vusi Mahlasela - Sydney
The Basement, Sydney
Wed 11 Apr 2012 - 01:00am to 02:00am

VUSI MAHLASELA (VUSI SYDNEY MAHLASELA KA ZWANE) is simply known as 'The Voice' in his home country, South Africa, and celebrated for his distinct, powerful voice and his poetic, optimistic lyrics. We are overjoyed to announce this voice will be showcased at across Australia this year. Vusi will be touring Australia for the first time with his South African band.

“His performances are optimistic and soulful, delivered with an intensity that captures the
attention and embraces the heart.”
– Los Angeles Times

“If Mahlasela embodies his country‘s spirit, there is plenty of cause for hope.” - The London Times

Raised in the Mamelodi Township, where he still resides, VUSI has been a leading singer-songwriter and poet-activist in his home country and internationally. He has become South Africa’s premier male recording artist and has performed on stages alongside Paul Simon, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Josh Groban, Hugh Masekela, Bela Fleck and more.

His new album Say Africa is filled with songs of freedom, of revolution, of love and of life. After his popular debut on BMG Africa, When You Come Back, Vusi was asked to perform at Mandela's inauguration in 1994 and continues to spread Mandela's message as an official ambassador to Mandela's HIV/AIDS initiative, 46664.

Three of VUSI’S albums have been released on ATO, long-time admirer and fellow South African, Dave Matthews’ label. TAJ Mahal came on and produced Say Africa and lends vocals and banjo on the recording. Other BLUESFEST artist Angelique Kidjo has shared her voice and energy on Nakupenda Africa, which the pair later performed together at the World Cup at FIFA's Kick Off Concert. As well as this, VUSI’s anthemic song When You Come Back was ITV's official theme song for the World Cup in the UK. This latest album captures 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.'

“A powerful voice in his country’s embrace of freedom and justice.” – Billboard

Over a musically and socially consequential career, South African singer-songwriter and poet-activist Vusi Mahlasela has successfully followed his muse and continued to give back to his country. As he puts it, he knows that; “musicians have to be like watchdogs, just by seeing and speaking out, directly to the youth as well, because we need some kind of Cultural Revolution to remove ignorance." Come and hear “The Voice”, this truly important voice, “the angelic voice of an angelic man” (Natalie Merchant).