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Thursday, July 16, 2015


(Vusi Mkhize)

Established guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer Vusi Mkhize will perform at Seaman’s Corner in Hammarsdale (Unit 3) on July 18.

Originally from Mpumalanga township near Hammarsdale in KZN, Mkhize’s music is a unique blend of African sounds, authentic contemporary South African music with a strong influence of traditional indigenous music. Each song rings out a different message but the common denominator is a message of peace and unity. The lyrics are based on the rich African culture in South Africa and forgotten truths.

Mkhize created a unique sound that he calls “Urban Afro Music” to which he has been inspired by such greats as Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Sipho Gumede, Busi Mhlongo, Salif Keita, Youssou n’dour, Baaba Maal and Fela Kuti.

Over the years, he has gained extensive experience and has played in a number of collaborations, performances and tours with both international and national musicians. He has recorded his own debut album, Amathongo (The Ancestors), which was released in 2012.

At Seaman’s Corner, Mkhize’s band will consist of Mkhize himself on lead guitar and lead vocals, Wake Mahlobo on drums, Mazwakhe Gumede on bass guitar, Mthobisi Mthalane on keyboard and Thandeka Mdlalose and Zama Ndosi on backing vocals.

This performance is supported by Concerts SA and presented by iSupport. Concerts SA is a joint South African/Norwegian initiative that aims to stimulate live music in South Africa by finding and implementing ways to create regular, sustainable performance platforms. It also aims to develop an interest in and appreciation of live music by showcasing music performances and conducting workshops at schools.

The performance takes place on July 18 at Seaman’s Corner, Hammarsdale (Unit 3). Doors open at 18h00. Tickets R30 at the door.