Vusi Mahlasela

Real Name:
Vusi Mahlasela
Vusi Mahlasela was born in Lady Selbourne, Pretoria in 1965 and grew up in Mamelodi, a township famed as a cradle of culture which has produced many of Black South Africa’’s greatest musicians and writers.
Vusi can’t remember a time when he wasn’t singing as a child... "I’m sure I learned to sing before I could talk" he says. Listening-in his grandmother’s shebeen-to men singing ‘ingomabusuku or ‘songs of the night?
The young Vusi began to teach himself to play his home-made guitar, a remarkable instrument made of tin cans and fishing line.
Formal guitar lessons began when he entered high school, where he set about putting together a vocal group of his own.
His teachers marvelled at his amazing vocal range which enabled him to continue singing soprano parts in school productions well into his teens.

He found himself drawn to themes with social and political significance and he became much in demand at political rallies and cultural events.
This drew him into close contact with poetry groups, which led to him joining the Ancestors of Africa.
This group of poets, musicians and actors, formed in 1981, stirred up some turbulence among the current police force, who harassed its members.

It was after joining the Congress of South African Writers in 1988, that Vusi developed a new level of confidence as a poet and a writer and into contact with other artists and poets who were to influence him greatly.
He struck up a creative friendship with South African poet Lesego Rampolokeng at the same time he fell under the jazz and traditional music spell of artists like Miriam Makeba and Philip Tabane.
He was exposed to the work of Victor Jara, whom Vusi acknowledges as having had perhaps the strongest influence on his music and lyrics.


CD SHIFT 50 Vusi Mahlasela - When You Come Back album art Vusi Mahlasela When You Come Back (Album) BMG CD SHIFT 50 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
74321559752, CDSHIFT (WL) 55 Vusi Mahlasela - Wisdom Of Forgiveness album art Vusi Mahlasela Wisdom Of Forgiveness (Album) RCA Victor, BMG 74321559752, CDSHIFT (WL) 55 South Africa 1994 Sell This Version
74321533642 Vusi Mahlasela - Silang Mabele album art Vusi Mahlasela Silang Mabele (Album) BMG Records Africa (Pty) Ltd. 74321533642 UK 1997 Sell This Version
CDCLL(LF)7026 Vusi Mahlasela - Live At The Bassline album art Vusi Mahlasela & Louis Mhlanga Vusi Mahlasela & Louis Mhlanga - Live At The Bassline(CD-ROM, Album) BMG Africa CDCLL(LF)7026 South Africa 1999 Sell This Version
CDCLL(WF)7040 Vusi Mahlasela - Miyela Afrika album art Vusi Mahlasela Miyela Afrika(CD, Album) Colossal Records (4), BMG Records Africa CDCLL(WF)7040 South Africa 2000 Sell This Version
L4CLL (LLM) 7049 Vusi Mahlasela - Jungle Of Questions album art Vusi Mahlasela & Proud People's Band Vusi Mahlasela & Proud People's Band - Jungle Of Questions (Album) Colossal Records (4), BMG Africa L4CLL (LLM) 7049 South Africa 2002 Sell This Version
ATO0011 Vusi Mahlasela - The Voice album art Vusi Mahlasela The Voice (Album) ATO Records ATO0011 US 2003 Sell This Version
ATO0032 Vusi Mahlasela - Guiding Star album art Vusi Mahlasela Guiding Star (Album) ATO Records ATO0032 US 2006 Sell This Version
CDCLL7086 Vusi Mahlasela - Say Africa album art Vusi Mahlasela Say Africa (Album) Sony Music CDCLL7086 South Africa 2010 Sell This Version
21414 Vusi Mahlasela - The South African Meeting Of Viramundo album art Gilberto Gil, Vusi Mahlasela Gilberto Gil, Vusi Mahlasela - The South African Meeting Of Viramundo (Album) Dreampixies 21414 Switzerland 2010 Sell This Version
VMCD 001 Vusi Mahlasela - Sing To The People: Celebrating 20 Years Of When You Come Back album art Vusi Mahlasela Sing To The People: Celebrating 20 Years Of When You Come Back(CD, Album) Sheer Sound VMCD 001 South Africa 2013 Sell This Version


CDSM575 Vusi Mahlasela - Greatest Hits Vol. 1 album art Vusi Mahlasela Greatest Hits Vol. 1(CD, Comp) Sony Music Entertainment Africa (Pty) Ltd CDSM575 South Africa Unknown Sell This Version