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Vusi Mahlasela

An accomplished guitarist, percussionist, composer, arranger, band leader and performer, Vusi Sidney Mahlasela Ka Zwane was born in 1965 in Lady Selbourne, near Pretoria, and grew up in Mamelodi township, where he still resides. He never knew his father, lost his mother at a young age, and was raised by his maternal grandmother. Growing up in Mamelodi, a cradle of creativity that has produced a number of noted poets, writers, artists & musicians, the youngster began to teach himself to play on a homemade guitar, a remarkable instrument made of tin cans and fishing line. He soon discovered that he had a flair for composition and began to write his own music and lyrics. From the outset, Vusi’s songs addressed themes of political and social significance, and so he found himself in demand at political rallies and cultural events.

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Vusi Mahlasela 3/1/06: Vusi Mahlasela

South African vocalist and guitarist Vusi Mahlasela performs songs of political and social significance, stressing a message of peace. He can be heard on the recent CD The Voice.

Vusi Mahlasela

South African vocalist and guitarist Vusi Mahlasela performs songs of political and social significance, stressing a message of peace. He can be heard on the recent CD The Voice.

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