JOHNNY CLEGG, 1953 – 2019: The dance ends for Johnny Clegg, SA’s beloved musical storyteller

JOHNNY CLEGG, 1953 – 2019: The dance ends for Johnny Clegg, SA’s beloved musical storyteller By Tony Jackman @tonyjackman08

16.7.2019

JOHNNY CLEGG, 1953 – 2019: The dance ends for Johnny Clegg, SA’s beloved musical storyteller By Tony Jackman tonyjackman08

Johnny Clegg’s final journey is over. It came to an end after he had endured a four year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was always most comfortable — in the public view, on stage, singing, playing guitar and township concertina — telling life stories and stomping around like a 25-year-old.

was hatched and embarked on. A story-telling sound-and-light extravaganza of a concert in which he took us right back to his roots, not least the startling (to many) insight into where he in fact grew up.

We can recap his entire life, or focus on the Johnny Clegg that mattered – matters – to us. We can step back in time to the infant born not only not in Natal, nor even Joburg, but in Rochdale, England, then raised in Zimbabwe before ending up in Jozi. We can greet the 15-year-old who met Charlie Mzila, a Zulu cleaner who taught him Zulu music and traditional Inhlangwini dancing. The teenage boy, guitar in hand, following Charlie – as the

We can imagine if that white kid had been like most other white kids, too timid to venture to such places with his Zulu buddy; or if he’d not bothered to make a friend of Mzila, if young Johnny Clegg hadn’t had the stuff he did have – imagine what we all would have lost. White South Africans today can be inspired by Clegg’s example to do the same thing, encourage their kids to befriend that coloured or black kid, invite them home, play in the park with them, ask to be taught something of their culture.

In that final concert in iBhayi, Sipho suddenly comes out of retirement to join Johnny on stage and when he first strikes up the guitar riff intro to

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