Acoustic Africa to perform world music at Bucknell’s Weis Center

LEWISBURG – World music from Africa will be performed in a program called Acoustic Africa which will feature Habib Koite and Vusi Mahlasela at 7:30 p.m. April 15 at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, 1 Dent Drive.

After worldwide critical and commercial success in 2006, 2011 and 2013, the fourth installment of Acoustic Africa’s journey focuses on the richness of the African traditions of voice and song.

A modern troubadour with extraordinary appeal, Koite’s musicianship, wit and wisdom translate across cultures. Hailing from the musically prolific West African nation of Mali, the guitarist and composer has been named the biggest pop star of the region by Rolling Stone.

Mahlasela is simply known as “The Voice” in his home country, South Africa, celebrated for his distinct, powerful voice and his poetic lyrics. His songs of hope connect apartheid-scarred South Africa with its promise for a better future. Raised in the Mamelodi Township, where he still resides, Mahlasela became a singer-songwriter and poet-activist at an early age. After his popular debut on BMG Africa, “When You Come Back,” he was asked to perform at Nelson Mandela’s inauguration in 1994 and continues to spread Mandela’s message as an official ambassador to Mandela’s HIV/AIDS initiative, 46664.

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