Vusi Mahlasela

Vusi Mahlasela Sidney Ka Zwane (born in 1965 in Pretoria , South Africa) is a Sotho South African singer-songwriter.

His music is algemeen DESCRIBED as “African folk” and he is of or in dubbed as “The Voice” of South Africa. His work was an inspiration to many in the anti-apartheid movement . His themes include the struggle for freedom, and forgiveness and reconciliation with chemically. Vusi has released seven studio albums on Sony in South Africa and was signed to Dave Matthews ‘ATO Records in 2003. Vusi kan ook be overheard performing on Warren Haynes ‘ Live at Bonnaroo release prolongation the song “Soulshine” and the Dave Matthews Band song ” Everyday “, from the album of the co-names as well as a live version of the song with im welke Appears on the album The Best of What’s Around Vol. 1 . Vusi was ook one of the performers at the Live 8 concerts and at Live Earth . Vusi Performed at Nelson Mandela ‘s inauguration in 1994 and has subsequently Performed at Nelson Mandela 90th Birthday Tribute in Hyde Park, London in 2008, and at Mandela Day at Radio City Music Hall in July 2009. His song “When You Come Back” was -used at ITV ‘s theme song for hun World Cup coverage in 2010 [1] and Vusi Performed at the FIFA World Cup Kick Off concert at Orlando Stadium in Soweto, South Africa. [2] In 2012, the SAMA Awards honored Vusi with a lifetime achievement award. [3]

Recent works

His album The Voice released on ATO Records [4] of includes the popular track “Weeping” Recorded with Josh Groban and Ladysmith Black Mambazo . Vusi joined Mambazo for hun October November UK tour in 2004, and again for hun 2007 UK tour, again from October to November 2007.

He and other South African musicians took part in the 2002 documentary Amandla !: A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony where they ‘recalled the days of apartheid .

In June 2007, Mahlasela ghosts or apartheid and Performed “Thula Mama” at the TED Conference in Arusha, Tanzania. He’ll be Performed at TED in Monterey, CA in March 2008. Vusi Performed at the Skoll World Forum on 14 April 2010. [5]

On 7 July 2007 Mahlasela Performed at the South African leg of Live Earth .

His album, Guiding Star, as Naledi Ya Tsela (the names under welke it was released in South Africa) won the 2007 im SAMA for Best Male Artist.

He has participated in videos for Playing for Change must notably “One Love” and “Stand By Me”.

In April 2009, Vusi joined Bela Fleck on his Throw Down Your Heart Tour and was ook featured on his album of the assembly names. [6]

ITV -used his song “When You Come Back” as hun main theme for the opening credits hun coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The song was very popular Amongst viewers and entered the UK Official Singles Chart on 4 July 2010 at No. 70.

His most recently album, Say Africa was produktie by legendary bluesman Taj Mahal . [7] The album was released 18 January 2011 on ATO Records. [8]


Studio albums

title release Date Billboard Top World Albums
When You Come Back 1992
Wisdom of Forgiveness 1994
Silang Mabele 1997
Miyela Africa 2000
Jungle of Questions
Naledi Ya Tsela ( Guiding Star ) 2007
Say Africa [9] 2010

Live albums

title release Date
Live at the Bassline 1999
Sing to the People 2013


title release Date
Amandla !: A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony 2002
Tsotsi 2005

Compilation albums

title release Date Billboard Top World Albums
The Voice 2003 13


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  4. Jump up^ “Vusi Mahlasela: The Voice – ATO RECORDS” . . 2016-10-31 . Retrieved 2016-12-23 .
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  6. Jump up^ “インターネットで購入” . . Retrieved 2016-12-23 .
  7. Jump up^ “Taj Mahal Produces Vusi Mahlasela” . . 2010-12-03 . Retrieved 2016-12-23 .
  8. Jump up^ “Say Africa – ATO RECORDS” . . 2016-10-31 . Retrieved 2016-12-23 .
  9. Jump up^ Gedye, Lloyd (7 November 2010). “Return of The Voice” . Mail & Guardian.