A warm and compelling singer-songwriter of the sort that occasionally drop like pearls from South Africa's apartheid heritage, Mahlasela is a favorite of both Nadine Gordimer, who gave him a guitar, and Dave Matthews, who gave him a record deal. He sings about loss and hope in a cool, clear voice that swoops up and down the octaves.
Tue., Feb. 22, 8 p.m., 2011
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