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March 29, 2007 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
THERE was a particularly touching moment during South African singer-songwriter Vusi Mahlasela's performance at the El Rey Theatre a few months ago in the Acoustic Africa tour. Introducing a song about a young boy who "defied his elders," he added, with a gentle smile, "It was me." The offhand, intimate quality of the comment was characteristic of Mahlasela, who makes a solo appearance Friday at the Skirball Cultural Center.
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March 29, 2007 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
THERE was a particularly touching moment during South African singer-songwriter Vusi Mahlasela's performance at the El Rey Theatre a few months ago in the Acoustic Africa tour. Introducing a song about a young boy who "defied his elders," he added, with a gentle smile, "It was me." The offhand, intimate quality of the comment was characteristic of Mahlasela, who makes a solo appearance Friday at the Skirball Cultural Center.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 23, 2011
A list of upcoming concerts across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater System of a Down, May 25 (Sat.) Gibson Amphitheatre Def Leppard, Sept. 7 (Fri.); Hot 92 Freestyle Explosion with Expose and more, June 11 (Sat.) Hollywood Palladium Above & Beyond, May 14 (Mon.) Greek Theatre Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience, May 27; War, May 28; Jethro Tull, June 11; Youssou N'Dour/Angélique Kidjo/Vusi Mahlasela, June 16 (Fri.)
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December 16, 2007 | RICHARD CROMELIN
I guess the Brits are back from that post-Oasis lull. My 10 favorite albums of 2007 include five from English artists, not counting patriarch Robert Plant's collaboration with Alison Krauss, and easily could have included this year's collections by the Arctic Monkeys, Jamie T., Lily Allen and PJ Harvey, among others.
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April 2, 2007 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
Vusi Mahlasela's appearance Friday at the Skirball Center was something closer to a happening than a concert. More than the performance of a collection of songs, it was a warmly personal encounter with the life and times of a rare and mesmerizing musical mind. The South African singer, songwriter and guitarist began with a solo piece for voice and his instrument.
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February 14, 2005 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
There's a good reason why Ladysmith Black Mambazo has become one of the most honored of world music ensembles. The visibility of the South African a cappella vocal ensemble certainly benefited from its participation in Paul Simon's 1986 "Graceland" album. And it hasn't hurt that it's also performed before both the pope and Queen Elizabeth II.
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October 25, 2006 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
The "Acoustic Africa" tour began quietly Monday night at the El Rey Theatre with a gentle balafon solo, followed by the sounds of a kora and various percussion thumps and scratches. The mood established, then came the arrival of the three headliners: South Africa's Vusi Mahlasela, Mali's Habib Koite and Ivory Coast's Dobet Gnahore. Minutes later, Mahlasela referred to the three areas of the continent represented in the show.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 27, 2003 | Robert Hilburn
Lots of acts seem to have trouble these days living up to critical expectations, but the White Stripes and Lucinda Williams make it look easy on their new albums. They head this edition of Calendar's guide to keeping up with the best in pop music on an album budget of $50 a month. March The White Stripes' "Elephant" (V2).
ENTERTAINMENT
March 18, 2010
Beckham in a poem O Beckham, where art thou? David Beckham has become an unlikely muse to Britain's poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, who has written a verse about the soccer star's career-threatening injury. The former England captain tore his Achilles' tendon in a game on Sunday and will miss the World Cup in June as he recovers from surgery. The poem weaves the mythical story of the ancient Greek hero Achilles with references to Beckham's life, including his marriage to a former Spice Girl and his experimental fashion sense.
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July 30, 2006 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
Various artists "Mandela" (Palm World Voices) IN an observation on the relative power of art versus politics, 17th century Scottish patriot Andrew Fletcher wrote, "If a man were permitted to make all the ballads, he need not care who should make the laws of a nation." Nelson Mandela probably didn't have that specific thought in mind during his long progression from activist to political prisoner to Nobel Peace Prize winner to president of South Africa.
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March 22, 2009 | ANN POWERS, POP MUSIC CRITIC
What does the phrase "African music" mean to most Americans? Light-spirited guitar lines made danceable by polyrhythmic talking drums; big bands led by tall men in regal garb, smiling as women in bright headdresses dance behind them.
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