The music industry received a huge shock after the sad news about the legendary Johnny Clegg, who passed away at the age of 66 years on Tuesday 16 July 2019.
A few years ago in 2015, Johnny received the terrible news that he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. From that moment he started with a tour he called a “farewell” tour and even appeared on stage with his son, Jessie Clegg.
He was introduced to Zulu migrant workers and that was his encounter with their culture and music. This wasn’t always a great thing for him, because like we all know, during Apartheid being with black musicians got him arrested. He started a band at the young age of 17 years with one of his black friends, Sipho Mchunu, and they called this band Juluka.
Johnny Clegg also recorded numerous solo albums and enjoyed success in South Africa and in the international music industry! He always had sold out concerts where he performed and can be seen as an ambassador for South Africa!
He was also honoured and awarded by a few local, and then international bodies, for the big contribution and dedication he brought to music and society at large. During 2012 he got acknowledged by and received the Order of Ikhamanga form the South African government. And he also passed away with a number of honorary doctorates in his pocket.
To top it all off, Johnny was also giving lectures at the University of the Witwatersrand and Natal. He studied anthropology and combined his studies with music, which was his biggest career in life.
Rest In Peace, Legend.
We as South Africans salute you!