Vusi Mahlasela to receive a Life time achievement award. Gallo images
Legendary musicians, Vusi Mahlasela and Ray Phiri will receive Life time achievement awards at this year’s 18th Annual MTN South Africa Music Awards, CEO Randall Abrahams announced.
Both Phiri and Mahlasela have enjoyed success at home and abroad which made them an easy choice for the accolades. “Ray and Vusi’s music has made an invaluable contribution to the culture of South Africa, and has exported that same culture to the rest of the world,” said Abrahams.
Ray Phiri started his career in 1962 as a dancer before founding the group Cannibals in the 70s. When the Cannibals disbanded Ray founded Stimela, with whom he created gold and platinum-winning albums like Fire, Passion and Ecstacy, Look, Listen and Decide as well as the controversial People Don’t Talk So Let’s Talk.
Phiri and Stimela recently celebrated 30 years in the music industry.
Vusi Mahlasela may have only been in the industry for 20 years but his music and talent puts amongst the best in South Africa. The Mamelodi born singer known for his poetic lyrics and strong social relevance has won legions of fans locally and abroad, touring extensively and collaborating and sharing stages with the likes of Josh Groban, Angelique Kidjo, Natalie Merchant, Paul Simon, Sting, Ray Lamontagne and his good friend Dave Matthews.
Mahlasela and Phiri will be honoured during the MTN SAMA 18 ceremony on 30 April 2012 at Sun City, in a special tribute performance.