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Hugh Masekela & Vusi Mahlasela's '20 Years Of Freedom' North American Tour

To honor South African democracy, SA music legends Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlesela will go on a North American tour in February-March 2015.


This February and March, South African musical legends Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlesela will embark on 20 Years of Freedom, a North American tour celebrating the twentieth anniversary of South African democracy and the end of apartheid. The renowned trumpeter/flugelhornist/singer Masekela and "The Voice" Mahlasela (who played at Nelson Mandela's inauguration in 1994) have performed together in the past but 20 Years of Freedom is their first tour together. Backed by an all-star quintet, Masekela and Mahlasela will share the stage throughout the entire show, performing many of their own classics, as well as South Africa's Freedom Songs. See the full tour dates below and watch a 1987 video of Masekela performing "Bring Him Back Home" below.

20 Years of Freedom Tour Dates:

Feb 18 @ Kupferberg Center For The Arts - Queens, NY

Feb 20 @ South Orange Performing Arts Center - South Orange, NJ

Feb 21 @ Annenberg Center - Zellerbach Theatre - Philadelphia, PA

Feb 22 @ Lisner Auditorium - Washington, DC

Feb 24 @ John Hancock Hall - Boston, MA

Feb 25 @ Mccarter Theatre - Princeton, NJ

Feb 27 @ Old Town School of Folk Music - Chicago, IL

Feb 28 @ Koerner Hall - Toronto, ON

Mar 01 @ London Music Hall - London, ON

Mar 03 @ Englert Theatre- Iowa City, IA

Mar 05 @ Center For Faith & Life - Decorah, IA

Mar 06 @ Wisconsin Union Theater - Madison, WI

Mar 07 @ Ordway Center For The Performing Arts - St. Paul, MN

Mar 09 @ John Van Duzer Theatre - Arcata, CA

Mar 10 @ Mondavi Center for The Performing Arts - Davis, CA

Mar 11 @ Zellerbach Auditorium at UC Berkeley - Berkeley, CA

Mar 13 @ Univ. of California - Santa Barbara - Santa Barbara, CA

Mar 14 @ Walt Disney Concert Hall - Los Angeles, CA

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Photo courtesy of Rémy Ngamije.

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