South African singer and songwriter Vusi Mahlasela has created a name for himself internationally through his healing music, but Mamelodi township remains his only true home.
Phemelo Motene standing-in for Azania Mosaka interviewed Mahlasela's manager, Lance McCormack, about the 51-year-old musical giant and healer.
McCormack reflects how Mahlasela built his first guitar from fishing line and a cooking oil can, and that was the beginning of his music journey.
He began writing songs about freedom, justice and life after he witnessed the Soweto Uprising in 1976, and never looked back.
He is very humble man who travels the world on a regular basis, but he always returns to Mamelodi. It's his first love. It's where he is most comfortable.— Lance McCormack, Vusi Mahlasela manager
He could literally live in New York or London or wherever, but he chooses not to. He chooses to return to his community.— Lance McCormack, Vusi Mahlasela manager
In the novel-turned-film Shepherds and Butchers, Mahlasela performed the song “Angels” alongside Barry Gibb (of Bee Gees fame) who also composed the original song.
The film explores the other side of apartheid trauma by showing how white men were affected by the South African apartheid government.
Listen to the audio below to hear more about Vusi Mahlasela's journey...