Vusi Mahlasela, is simply known as 'The Voice' in his home-country, South Africa, celebrated for his distinct, powerful voice and his poetic, optimistic lyrics. His songs of hope connect Apartheid-scarred South Africa with its promise for a better future. Raised in the Mamelodi Township, where he still resides, Vusi became a singer-songwriter and poet-activist at an early age teaching himself how to play guitar and later joining the Congress of South African Writers. 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. Vusi's new album SAY AFRICA will be released Jan. 18, 2011 on Dave Matthews ATO Records. Vusi will open for Amos Lee's 2011 tour which will expose him to some new fans for sure. Amos Lee plays the Calvin Theatre in Northampton on New Year's Eve, though Vusi isn't on that bill. You'll get to see him in the intimacy of the Iron Horse instead, his third time in.
To purchase tickets for Vusi Mahlesala, Wednesday, February 16 - 7PM @ The Iron Horse Music Hall online, click here, or call the Northampton Box Office 413.586.8686 M-Sa 9am-6pm Su 12p-5p.