Karen Zoid recently completed her nationwide "Afrikaners is Plesierig" 10 year Anniversary tour, while Vusi Mahlasela will undertake his 20 year "When you come back" Anniversary tour in 2012. The two musical greats appeared in concert together to emphasise the integration of South African people through combining their music and audiences, revealing a soulful expression and celebration of our rainbow nation.
Karen Zoid, with a career span of over a decade, has earned numerous accolades, including gold album sales and SAMA awards. She has shared the stage with international acts like John Mayer, Annie Lennox, Metallica, Simple Plan, Hothouse Flowers, Seal and UB40. The release in 2002 of her first solo album, “Poles Apart” fired the imagination of both critics and the public when she burst onto the scene with the song “Afrikaners is Plesierig”. The song became iconic and Zoid became South Africa's queen of rock. Over the years fans were introduced to songs like Beautiful, Deurmekaar and Ons soek rock & roll. In 2005, Small Room became one of the biggest songs playlisted on radio, while Aeroplane Jane became the most requested song over the past three years. In November 2010, Karen released her latest studio album “*Terms & Conditions”, to great acclaim.
Vusi Mahlasela, is simply known as ‘The Voice’ to many in South Africa. Born, raised and still residing in the Mamelodi Township, this singer, songwriter, poet and activist released his popular debut album “When You Come Back” in 1992 and was asked to perform at Nelson Mandela’s inauguration in 1994. Vusi Mahlasela has successfully followed his muse, releasing eight albums over the past two decades, notching up gold and platinum status, as well as several SAMA awards. Celebrated for his distinct, powerful voice and his poetic, optimistic lyrics, his sound is a hybrid of folk, world, blues and soul.
Today, Mahlasela is a national treasure and an international star, which has come to the attention of American audiences through his contract with the ATO Records label of long-time admirer and fellow South African, Dave Matthews. Having released his latest studio album “Say Africa” in November 2010, Mahlasela also recently performed with Paul Simon for a week of shows in New York, toured with banjoist Bela Fleck and comes to the Fugard Theatre fresh off a tour with folk sensation Ray Lamontagne.