Two of Africa’s most beloved artists, Vusi Mahlasela and Habib Koité, will tour the U.S. from March 19th thru April 17th in the first installment in three years of the critically acclaimed tour series: Acoustic Africa. The tour—four editions strong—is a journey that focuses on the richness of the African traditions of voice and song.
If much of the news coming out of the media in recent weeks, months or years has made you sick to your stomach or weakened your faith in humanity, Vusi Mahlasela’s, Sing to the People, has the cure for much of what may be ailing you. Vusi’s album is a call to celebrate the best of life and full of songs motivating us to recognize and appreciate the love that surrounds us all.
In December of 2004 I saw Béla Fleck & the Flecktones at the Water Street Music Hall in Rochester. At that show Béla made a mention of his plans which at that time included traveling to Africa to research the roots of the banjo. This intrigued me as I had just been to Morocco and seen banjos being played out in the square, a sight I was not expecting, and as I also have a large amount of family in Africa.