Vusi Mahlasela Receives Honorary Doctorate

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Monday April 16, 2018

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Legendary musician Vusi Mahlasela to receive UKZN honorary doctorate
By: Siphelele Buthelezi

VUSI Mahlasela, legendary musician, accomplished guitarist and soon to be recognised again as a doctor of music, this time by the University of KwaZulu-Natal, will be conferred with an honorary doctorate next week. The university is set to recognize Mahlasela for his contribution to the betterment of South African society and to the global music industry.

Known as the golden-voiced troubadour, the 53-year-old has been a socially conscious musician for more than two decades, releasing his first album, When You Come Back, in 1992. He has dedicated his life singing about freedom, social justice, police harassment and the Struggle. Constant police harassment and imprisonment did not deter him. […] Speaking to The Sunday Tribune this week, Mahlasela said: “This is an important honour for me. Everyone who contributes with their skills, academically or on any platform – as long it depicts a picture of who we are, what we should be and instills hope – must be acknowledged for their contribution.”

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