“Hugh Masekela is still one of the most thrilling live performers around.” — Rolling Stone”
“The legendary singer [Vusi Mahlasela] has been celebrated globally for his powerful vocals and universal messages of freedom and human kindness.” – CNN
Two of South Africa’s true freedom fighters and renowned musical icons come together to honor twenty years since the start of democracy in South Africa and the official end of Apartheid. In collaborative performance with a band, Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlasela will pay homage in 20 Years of Freedom featuring South Africa’s Freedom Songs, including many of their own. While both artists have been like-minded musical comrades at home in South Africa for years and shared the stage on several occasions, this marks their debut tour joining forces together.
Vusi Mahlasela is simply known as ‘The Voice” in his home country, where he is 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. Vusi performed at Nelson Mandela’s inauguration in 1994 and has shared the stage with Dave Matthews Band, Sting, Paul Simon, and Taj Mahal, among many others.
Hugh Masekela is a world-renown flugehornist, trumpeter, bandleader, composer, singer, and defiant political voice who remains deeply connected at home, while his international career sparkles. In 1968, his instrumental single ‘Grazin’ in the Grass’ went to number one on the American pop charts and was a worldwide smash, elevating Hugh onto the international stage, and launching a solo career that has spanned 5 decades.”
20 Years of Freedom: Hugh Masekela & Vusi Mahlasela
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
LeFrak Concert Hall
Tickets: $35 – $55
Tickets: $20 with QC ID (box office window only)