The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) has honoured South African music legend, Vusi Mahlasela, with an Honorary Graduate – Doctor of Music for his contribution to the music industry.
Mahlasela began his career as a teenager, often dedicating his songs to the country’s struggle for freedom and justice.
Mahlasela addressed the graduation ceremony and spoke about the daily struggles faced by musicians.
“How is it possible for music to do all this, if artists themselves die of hunger from exploitation? Government in particular… when they are dead are given glowing obituaries plus if fortunate, special state funerals. How are music lovers supposed to buy music when they are unemployed? How do those who are fortunate to buy music contribute to the welfare of musicians when they purchase counterfeits in the streets? Where is the law enforcement in this regard?”