South Africans poured their heart felt condolences yesterday as they were paying tribute to South African music icon, Johnny Clegg. Clegg died at his family home on Tuesday at the age of 66 after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015. South Africans took to social media to pay homage to the legendary musician’s tremendous influence on music and social cohesion in the country.
Clegg who was a singer-songwriter, dancer and anthropologist, was praised by several local and international bodies for his contribution to music and society. The music icon popularly called the “White Zulu” whose innovative, ethnically integrated musical collaborations in the late 20th century constituted a powerful statement against apartheid, the enforced separation of black and white people and traditions in South Africa.
Clegg was also an anthropologist, academic, activist and French Knight and became a member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. He was known for his songs with Juluka and Savuka and also teaming up with his son Jessie Clegg. As tributes pour in for the iconic musician, his family has asked for privacy in their time of mourning. Johnny is survived by his wife of 31 years, Jenny and their two sons Jesse and Jaron.
Sources: EWN, News24
By: ZANELE MAGAGULA