Music on the mount

2010-08-06 00:00

ONE of South Africa’s most celebrated musicians, Vusi Mahlasela, is set to enthral audiences at this year’s White Mountain Festival, which will take place on the Heritage Day long weekend from September 23 to September­ 26 at White Mountain Lodge near Giant’s Castle in the central­ Drakensberg.

With a sound that is a hybrid of folk, world, blues and soul, Mahlasela­ is an accomplished singer­-songwriter, guitarist, percussionist, composer and arranger, whose music has bridged generations both at home and abroad.

Renowned for his distinct, powerful­ voice and his poetic and optimistic­ lyrics, Mahlasela has performed alongside Alicia Keys, Dave Matthews­, Josh Groban and Angelique­ Kidjo at shows that include­ Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday celebration in London’s Hyde Park and, most recently, the World Cup Kick-off Concert in Soweto­.

Right now though Mahlasela is looking forward to joining a line-up of top local artists at White Mountain­, where the four-day programme­ includes guitar maestro Nibs van der Spuy, John Ellis, the Cape Town-based Jack Mantis Band and a solo acoustic set by Just Jinjer frontman, Ard Matthews.

Tickets are R450 at Computicket or R550 at the gate. Children under the age of 12 pay R100. Gates open at 8 am on September 23 and tickets include camping in a stunning site overlooking the dam.

For more information, visit www.whitemountain.co.za or contact Pedro at 031 563 0824.

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