South African singer and musical pioneer Johnny Clegg has died at the age of 66 after losing his battle with pancreatic cancer.
The Juluka and Savuka band member is survived by his wife of 31 years, Jenny and their two sons Jesse and Jaron.
“Johnny leaves deep foot prints in the hearts of every person that considers him/herself to be an African. He showed us what it was to assimilate to and embrace other cultures without losing your identity. An anthropologist that used his music to speak to every person. With his unique style of music he traversed cultural barriers like few others. In many of us he awakened awareness,” manager, friend and family spokesman Roddy Quin declares in tribute.
After playing his final gigs in 2018, 50 of Clegg’s musician friends gathered to celebrate the legacy of a musician who consistently bridged cultures and races through music by recording a special version of “The Crossing”.
Last month Clegg urged us to invest in our country’s future by streaming “The Crossing” with all proceeds going straight to his Friends of Johnny Clegg fund that aims to eradicate illiteracy in SA.
He was a pioneer until the very end. So let’s all take a moment and celebrate his life and his everlasting legacy now.