Vusi Mahlasela will join Amos Lee at Vilar Center Feb. 3 |

Vusi Mahlasela will join Amos Lee at Vilar Center Feb. 3

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Daily/Aaron Farrington

VAIL, Colorado – South African singer/songwriter Vusi Mahlasela will join Amos Lee on tour this winter. The tour kicked off in Seattle Jan. 20 and will include a stop at the Vilar Performing Arts Center (VPAC) in Beaver Creek on Feb. 3.

Fusing folk, world, blues and soul music, Mahlasela bridges generations and continents with a universal message of freedom and the strength of the human spirit. Americans first caught a glimpse of Mahlasela in the lauded documentary film “Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony,” and the accompanying soundtrack. After the release of the film, long-time admirer and fellow South African, Dave Matthews, signed the musician to his own ATO Records label.

“Vusi has a sort of profound beauty about him. He has a light on …and that’s something he would share with Bob Marley, Neil Young, Marvin Gaye or Miles Davis,” said Dave Matthews.

Mahlasela’s anthem, “When You Come Back” was the official theme song for the 2010 World Cup and was broadcast internationally to an estimated one billion viewers during FIFA’s kick-off concert at Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa.

“I’ve seen him perform around the world and he never fails to connect with sparkling results and joyous energy,” said Blues legend Taj Mahal. “Vusi is quite possibly the warmest African artist to be writing, singing and performing on the international music scene today.”

Mahlasela will perform at the Vilar Center with Philadelphia-based singer/songwriter, Amos Lee. Since the release of his debut album “Amos Lee” in 2005, Lee has become one of his generation’s most celebrated songwriters. After being named one of Rolling Stone Magazine’s “Top 10 Artists to Watch,” Lee has toured with such giants as Bob Dylan, Merle Haggard, Paul Simon and Elvis Costello.

Lee’s latest album, “Mission Bell” will be released Tuesday. A free preview of the entire album is currently available online through Jan. 25 on MSN music’s website:

Tickets for Amos Lee with Vusi Mahlasela are $56 and are available online at, by phone at 888-920-ARTS(2787) or in person at the Vilar Center box office in Beaver Creek.

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