South African Singer Comes to Charlottesville

By: Philip Stewart
By: Philip Stewart

February 26, 2006

A performer known for inspiring audiences came to our area Sunday night. Starr Hill Music Hall was proud to welcome back an old friend.

Vusi Mahlasela is widely known as the voice of South Africa. His songs address social and political issues in that country. Audiences say the themes of his music, and messages of world peace, strike a chord in people of all cultures.

"He has a lot of messages that ring true, and I really try to hold to within day-to-day life and that inspire," said Chris Tetzeli, founder of ATR Records, the label under which Mahlasela records.

"There have been some other people that are affected by some other things that I talk about," said Mahlasela. "And to instill some hope to them, and that really makes it special."

Sunday Starr Hill said they had some 250 people in the audience, which they said was quite a good turnout.

Mahlasela is in the process of recording his second album. There is no word yet on its release date.

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