vusi mahlasela

The Sensational ‘Voice’ of South Africa

Eve M. Ferguson

Mahlasela, in his youthful days as a composer and performer, served as a determined and forceful rallying figure in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa. Today, he continues to be acknowledged as a global messenger of peace and compassion. Mahlasela has seen his share of hardship, as he was held in solitary confinement and repeatedly harassed by police during the racially charged era for the “crime” of writing protest music calling for freedom and human dignity. 

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