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Paul Simon and Vusi Mahlasela play BAM's gala, April 9


At next week’s gala for the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Paul Simon will be joined by TEDTalks favorite Vusi Mahlasela for an evening that celebrates the albums Graceland and Rhythm of the Saints. Vusi is among the many guest musicians set to join Simon onstage on the night — others include Cyro Baptista, David []

Encore from TEDGlobal2007: Vusi Mahlasela on TED.com


After Vusi Mahlasela played a 3-song set at TEDGlobal (including the moving “Thula Mama”), the audience simply wouldn’t let him go. This charming encore, “Woza,” showcases his brilliant guitar playing and multilingual lyrics. (Recorded June 2007 in Arusha, Tanzania. Duration: 5:11.) Watch Vusi Mahlasela’s song on TED.com, where you can download it, rate it, comment []

"Thula Mama": Vusi Mahlasela on TED.com


South African singer-songwriter Vusi Mahlasela was a crucial artistic voice during the fight against apartheid, and now in the new modern-day nation. Here he dedicates the beautiful song “Thula Mama” to all women — with a special mention for his grandmother, who showed spine-tingling bravery in the face of apartheid-era police oppression. His story, voice []