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Errol's Pick

Our music columnist Errol Nazareth says you'd be hard-pressed to find a singer from South Africa with a voice as distinctive as Vusi Mahlasela's. And that's the reason why he's called "The Voice" in his native country. Not only is he blessed with a plaintive, sumptuous voice but he makes music that's intimate, thoughtful and soulful. There is another reason why Mahlasela is known as "The Voice". When he was just 15, he joined a poetry group called the "Ancestors of Africa" and their words of resistance were such a concern to the apartheid regime that they ended up on the government's watch list. Vusi says he was held in solitary confinement, tortured and harassed by the police repeatedly. But he refused to break and is widely considered a hero in South Africa for the songs and poems he brought to the anti-apartheid movement. You can hear "The Voice" next Wednesday (Oct. 30) at Koerner Hall External Site. Also on the bill is the legendary American blues guitarist Taj Mahal. For tickets, call 416-408-0208.

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