South-African singer Johnny Clegg (66) passed away

The South-African singer Johnny Clegg on Wednesday at the age of 66 has died, reports news agency AP on Wednesday. The musician, known to his supporters while in the country, was suffering from pancreatic cancer.

Clegg was born in England, lived in Israel, and Zambia, and later settled down in Johannesburg, south africa. There, he became interested in the Late-straatmuziek, which is a source of inspiration for his own work.

The musicians sang in both English and Zulu, and, in 1969, along with Sipho Mchunu’s band, Juluka. The duo were the first multiracial band in South Africa. The groups with the different races at that time were forbidden, thus allowing Clegg and his companion were frequently reversed. Their politically-tinged music was banned from the staatsomroep SABC, and as a result of multiple arrests and the disruption of the concert.

After that, the band and, in 1985, broke because of Mchunu and his family had to take care of, set up Clegg and the band Savuka to. One of their most well-known plates of the antiapartheidsnummer Asimbonanga (1987), which was dedicated to the then imprisoned Nelson Mandela.

In the mid-nineties were Clegg and Mchunu as Juluka in the other to make a new album. In 2017, gave Clegg a farewell tour, of which he was in Zaandam in the works.


Johnny Clegg singing Asimbonanga in 1999, former president Nelson Mandela

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