South African Singer/Activist Vusi Mahlasela to Release "Say Africa" on January 18
Wed, 17 Nov 2010 14:38:22
ATO Records will release Say Africa, the latest album from celebrated South African singer-songwriter, poet and activist Vusi Mahlasela, on January 18, 2011. Vusi M. will tour the U.S. with Amos Lee early next year in support of the album.
Say Africa, recorded at Dave Matthews Band's studio in Charlottesville, Virginia, is a collection of songs with a strong message of hope not only for South Africa, but for the entire continent. While hosting a benefit concert in San Francisco for 46664, Nelson Mandela's HIV/AIDS initiative, Vusi met legendary bluesman Taj Mahal. Vusi is an ambassador for 46664 and two years later, Mahal came on as producer after hearing demos of some of Vusi's new songs. The album features bassist Bakithi Kumalo (Paul Simon), guitarist Mongezi Ntaka (Lucky Dube) and Ian Herman, Vusi's longtime South African band mate, drummer and musical director. Mahal contributes vocals and banjo to the exquisite love song, "In Anyway," and GRAMMY®-winning vocalist Angélique Kidjo guests on the rousing "Nakupenda Africa."
Fusing folk, world, blues and soul music, Mahlasela, known as "The Voice" in his native South Africa, bridges generations and continents with a universal message of freedom and the strength of the human spirit. Say Africa, the follow-up to the acclaimed Guiding Star, captures his hope for the future of his homeland.
About the singer: he was raised in the Mamelodi Township, where he still resides, Vusi became a singer-songwriter at an early age, teaching himself how to play guitar and later joining the Congress of South African Writers. He has released six studio albums in South Africa. His appearance in the documentary film Amandla! A Revolution In Four-Part Harmony and on the accompanying soundtrack brought him to the attention of North American audiences. In 2008, Vusi joined Paul Simon for a week of shows in New York entitled "Under African Skies."
The track listing for Say Africa is as follows:
1. Say Africa
3. Ro Yo Tshela Kae
4. Conjecture of the Hour
7. In Anyway (featuring Taj Mahal)
8. Ode to Lesego
10. Nakupenda Africa (featuring Angelique Kidjo)
12. Ba Kae?
13. aka Mokhura
14. Ntate Mandela
15. VUSI MAHLASELA - 2011 U.S. TOUR WITH AMOS LEE
1/20 Seattle, WA - Moore Theater
1/21 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
1/22 Eugene, OR - McDonald Theater
1/24 Chico, CA - El Rey
1/25 San Francisco, CA - Fillmore
1/27 Los Angeles, CA - Music Box
1/28 Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
1/29 San Diego, CA - House of Blues
1/30 Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
2/1 Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
2/3 Beaver Creek, CO - Vilar Center
2/4 Aspen, CO - Belly Up
2/5 Boulder, CO - Boulder Theatre
2/7 Lawrence, KS - Liberty Hall
2/9 Tulsa, OK - Cains
2/10 Dallas, TX - House of Blues
2/11 Austin, TX - Paramount
2/12 Houston, TX - House of Blues
Are you interested in checking out Say Africa?