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Vusi Mahlasela honoured by Rhodes University

Date Released: Mon, 8 April 2013 16:52 +0200

Legendary Jazz musician, Vusi Mahlasela has appealed to young musicians to remain original and African when composing songs.  He was speaking at a graduation ceremony at Rhodes University where he was awarded an honorary doctorate for his magnificent role in the music industry.

 Mahlasela, also known as "The Voice”, made headlines in 1992 for various songs that were dedicated to the struggle for freedom.

 He says this honorary Doctorate couldn't have come at any better time. However, he believes musicians should always be original.

 "You don't do what they have; you give what’s raw, what you have here at home in South Africa. You couldn't go there and become another Luther Vandross, they have their own," says Mahlasela.

 The 48 year-old artist says he still has dreams of improving the country's entertainment industry. His home township of Mamelodi in Pretoria could also benefit in developing talent. "I think my biggest dream right now is to build a theatre in Mamelodi and a library," added Mahlasela.

 Mahlasela has performed for former president Nelson Mandela. He is known for collaborations with artists including Sting, Paul Simon, Hugh Masekela and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

 Rhodes University says they honoured Mahlasela for his role in nation building.

Source: SABC