"20 Years of Freedom" celebrating the anniversary of the end of apartheid featuring South African Legends HUGH MASEKELA & VUSI MAHLASELA.
As part of their debut world tour, two of South Africa’s true freedom fighters and music icons play London Music Hall (185 Queens Ave.) on Sunday, March 1st, 2015 (Doors at 7:00 PM). Tickets for this historic performance are $55 Advance / $60 Door. Available online and at London Music Hall Box Office (519-432-1107), Centennial Hall Box Office (519-672-1967), Long & McQuade North (725 Fanshawe Park Rd. W.), Village Idiot (Wortley Village ~ Cash only), and online at londonmusichall.com and sunfest.on.ca.
Legendary trumpeter, vocalist & composer Hugh Masekela and singer-songwriter Vusi Mahlasela celebrate 20 years of democracy in their homeland by performing music of the anti-apartheid movement with a stellar backing band. For the first time, Mahlasela's warm, powerful voice meets Masekela's clarion trumpet in songs that are "optimistic and soulful, delivered with an intensity that captures the attention and embraces the heart" (Los Angeles Times).
Sunfest Executive/Artistic Director Alfredo Caxaj is effusive about the London date for 20 Years of Freedom: “The Sunfest Committee has always valued exceptional talent coincident with a special moment in time and with this anniversary concert for the end of apartheid, we’re taking the experience to an even higher level in our community.”
London Music Hall Manager Mike Manuel shares Alfredo’s enthusiasm. "We are honored and excited to work with such a great organization like Sunfest and to host such a high profile show at LMH".
Hugh Masekela is a world-renowned flugelhornist, trumpeter, bandleader, composer, singer and defiant political voice who remains deeply connected at home, while his international career sparkles. In 1968, his instrumental single “Grazing in the Grass” went to the top of the American pop charts and became a worldwide smash, elevating Hugh onto the international stage. His subsequent solo career has spanned five decades, during which time he has released more than 40 albums (and been featured on countless more) and has worked with such diverse artists as Harry Belafonte, Dizzy Gillespie, The Byrds, Fela Kuti, Marvin Gaye, Herb Alpert, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, and the late Miriam Makeba. In 1990, Masekela returned home, following the legalization of the African National Congress (ANC) and the release of Nelson Mandel - an event anticipated in Masekela’s anti-Apartheid anthem “Bring Him Back Home (Nelson Mandela),” which had been a rallying cry around the world.
“…Hugh Masekela is still one of the most thrilling live performers around.” – Rolling Stone
Vusi Mahlasela — simply known as “The Voice” in his home country — 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. Raised in the township of Mamelodi, 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 recording on BMG Africa (When You Come Back), Vusi was asked to perform at Nelson Mandela’s inauguration in 1994. He has shared the stage with Dave Matthews Band, Sting, Paul Simon, and Taj Mahal, among many others. Perhaps his biggest gig was in 2010 when he helped welcome the World Cup to South Africa at Orlando Stadium in Soweto. Vusi has released seven studio albums to date; his latest is Sing to the People (ATO Records), a celebratory live album looking back on twenty years as a recording artist.
“The legendary singer [Vusi Mahlasela] has been celebrated globally for his powerful vocals and universal messages of freedom and human kindness.” – CNN