Johnny Clegg Biography
Johnny Clegg whose real name is Jonathan Clegg was born on 7th June 1953 in Bacup, Lancashire, England. He is a South African musician and anthropologist.
Johnny Clegg Early Life
Johnny Clegg was born in Bacup, Lancashire, his father was English and his mother was Rhodesian.Clegg’s mother’s family were Jewish immigrants from Poland, and Clegg had a secular Jewish upbringing.
His parents divorced when he was still an infant, and he moved with his mother to Rhodesia and then, at age 6, to South Africa
Johnny Clegg Career
Johnny Clegg learned about celtic music and began performing Zulu street music and taking part in Traditional Zulu dance competitions. At the age of 17 he met Sipho Mchunu with whom he began performing music. They began calling themselves Juluka.
The band grew to become a six member group.In 1979 they release their first album ‘Universal Men’.They faced harassment and censorship, with Clegg later remarking that it was “impossible” to perform in public in South Africa.The group tested the apartheid-era laws, touring and performing in private venues, including universities, churches, hostels, and even private homes in order to attract an audience, as national broadcasters would not play their music.
Juluka’s music was both implicitly and explicitly political; not only was the fact of the success of the band (which openly celebrated African culture in a bi-racial band) a thorn in the flesh of a political system based on racial separation, the band also produced some explicitly political songs. For example, the album Work for All (which includes a song with the same title) picked up on South African trade union slogans in the mid-1980s.As a result of their political messages and racial integration, Clegg and other band members were arrested several times and concerts routinely broken up.
Juluka did international tour, playing in Europe, Canada, and the United States,and had two platinum and five gold albums. In 1985 the group was disbanded when Mchunu returned.
In 1988 Clegg together with Dudu Zulu formed a band Savuka. Their first album ‘Third World Child’ broke international sales records in several European countries, including France. In 1993 the band dissolved after Dudu Zulu was shot and killed while attempting to mediate a taxi war.
Johnny Clegg Songs
- Great Heart
- The Crossing
- I Call Your Name
- One Man One Vote
- African Sky Blue
- December African Rain
- Utshani Obulele
- Thamela – Die Son Trek Water
- Give Me the Wonder
- Heart of the Dancer
- Daughter Of Eden
- African Shadow Man
- I Know That Sound
- Ibhola Lethu
- Woza Friday
- Faut Pas Baisser Les Bras
- Rolling Ocean
- Bullets for Bafazana
- Love In The Time Of Gaza
- All I Got Is You
- The World Is Calling
- Your Time Will Come
- Umfazi Omdala
Johnny Clegg Awards
1991: He was awarded the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres (Knight of Arts and Letters) by the French Government
2004: He was voted 23rd in the SABC3’s Great South Africans.
2012: He received the South African Presidential Ikhamanga award as part of the National Orders ceremony.
2015: He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.
Johnny Clegg Honors
2007: He received an honorary doctorate in music from the University of the Witwatersrand.
2011: Clegg received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from City University of New York School of Law
2012: Clegg received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, USA.
2013: He received an honorary Doctorate in Music from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.