Vusi Mahlasela is one of South Africa’s most respected and gifted musicians, poets and activists.
Over the course of a 40-year career he has chronicled his personal experiences and those of his compatriots, traversing the abuses of the apartheid era and the subsequent struggle to tackle inequality after policies of racial discrimination ended in the early 1990s.
The massacre of at least 176 black South Africans in the 1976 Soweto Uprising sparked Mahlasela’s political awakening, prompting him to write songs of justice, revolution and freedom.
He paid a heavy personal price for this commitment to equality, with the apartheid-era police placing him in solitary confinement on several occasions.
He released his first album ‘When You Come Back’ in 1992, after the fall of the apartheid regime.
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