Sound Culture and HotHouse Present
An Intimate Evening with South African Singer-Songwriter
and Poet-Activist


“His performances are optimistic and soulful, delivered with an intensity that captures the attention and embraces the heart,” said the Los Angeles Times while The New York Times praised his “tone-shifting improvisations.” “If Mahlasela embodies his country’s spirit, there is plenty of cause for hope,”said the Times of London.
Monday, February 14th 2011
Valentines Day Intimate Event
8pm Show | 7pm Doors
Mayne Stage 1328 W. Morse Ave. Chicago IL
$15 Advance/ $20 Day Of
18 and over | 21 to drink
full bar and restaurant
MORSE Red line stop | $5 Valet


The celebrated South African singer-songwriter, poet and activist will celebrate the release of Say Africa with an intimate performance at Mayne Stage in Chicago. Vusi is simply known as “The Voice” in his native South Africa – a nod to his distinct, powerful voice and his poetic, optimistic lyrics. Raised in the Mamelodi Township, where he still resides, Vusi became a singer-songwriter at an early age, teaching himself how to play guitar and later joining the Congress of South African Writers. He has released six studio albums in South Africa. His appearance in the documentary film Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony and on the accompanying soundtrack brought him to the attention of North American audiences.

“I’ve seen him perform around the world and he never fails to connect with sparkling results and joyous energy,” notes Taj Mahal. “Vusi is quite possibly the warmest African artist to be writing, singing and performing on the international music scene today!”