- Vusi Mahlasela is set to receive another honorary doctorate
- UKZN will accord him the honour for his contribution to South African society
- He already has an honorary doctorate from Rhodes University
The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) will confer an honorary doctorate on legendary musician Vusi Mahlasela next week.
The world-famous guitarist will be honoured for his contribution to the betterment of South African society and to the global music industry, Briefly.co.za learned.
Speaking to Sunday Tribune, Vusi said the honour is important to him because God gave him the talent to impact on people's lives.
The 53-year-old artiste said:
Everyone has a story to tell, we all have gifts given by God. We need to use them to help others. I started a music academy to pass on all the knowledge I have acquired to young musicians.
Unfortunately, there’s not enough space to showcase our talent because we lack funding.
This is Vusi's second honorary doctorate. Rhodes University conferred the first one on him five years ago. Former President Jacob Zuma also awarded him the Order of Ikhamanga (silver) in 2012.
Vusi is known as a socially conscious musician. His songs focus on topical themes such as freedom, social justice, police harassment, and the anti-apartheid struggle.
UKZN will also confer honorary doctorates on former statistician-general Pali Lehohla, scientist and cancer treatment researcher Professor Tebello Nyokong, and the first black South African civil engineer to graduate at UKZN, Trueman Goba.
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