Johnny Clegg & Savuka

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Savuka (based on the Zulu word for the phrase "we have arisen") was formed by Johnny Clegg in 1986 after the demise of his musical partnership with Sipho Mchunu as Juluka.
Whereas Juluka were more of a local cultural curiosity and crossover project during the height of apartheid and the pair’s musical relationship was often subjected to racial abuse, threats of violence and police harassment, Savuka went one bold step further: multi-racial, of course, but they also had a political agenda. The issue of racial and social injustice, which has been at the core of so much of Johnny Clegg’s work over the years, was more prominent.

Says Clegg: "Savuka was launched in the State of Emergency, 1986. The entire album was hard-hitting, it was directly political and it had very strong political metaphors. That’s the album I wrote the song for Mandela and released it commercially inside South Africa, that’s the album which was also restricted and banned, the video was heavily banned."
"Musically, Savuka tended to be more of an international melange, it was more rock, it was more hard, it was a harder edge sound and we were not drawing just on Zulu guitar. I drew on many other influences. I drew on Zimbabwean guitar music, I drew on Zairian music, I drew on Latin-American rhythms and even in the last album I drew on a traditional Hindu prayer song."

The breakthrough album was "Third World Child" in 1987 but their success reached its zenith with "Cruel, Crazy Beautiful World" (1989) which was followed by "Heat, Dust & Dreams" (nominated for a Grammy) in 1993.

Also in 1993, percussionist Dudu "Zulu" Ndlovu was assassinated in a conspiracy relating to a taxi war, and Savuka was terminated that same year.

Johnny Clegg - Lead vocals, Guitars, Concertina, Mouth Bow, Jaw Harp
Steve Mavuso - Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Derek de Beer - Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals
Keith Hutchinson - Keyboards, Saxophone, Flute, Backing Vocals.
Dudu "Zulu" Ndlovu - Live Percussion and Dancing, Backing Vocals.
Solly Letwaba - Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals.
Mandisa Dlanga - Additional Backing Vocals.
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Albums

Johnny Clegg & Savuka - Third World Child album art Johnny Clegg & Savuka Third World Child (Album) EMI 1987 Sell This Version
Johnny Clegg & Savuka - Shadow Man album art Johnny Clegg & Savuka Shadow Man (Album) EMI South Africa 1988 Sell This Version
Johnny Clegg & Savuka - Cruel, Crazy, Beautiful World album art Johnny Clegg & Savuka Cruel, Crazy, Beautiful World (Album) EMI South Africa 1988 Sell This Version
SPRO 357 Johnny Clegg & Savuka Music Show And Interview(Cass, Promo) Capitol Records SPRO 357 Canada 1991 Sell This Version
Johnny Clegg & Savuka - Heat, Dust & Dreams album art Johnny Clegg & Savuka Heat, Dust & Dreams (Album) Capitol Records Europe 1993 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Johnny Clegg & Savuka - Johnny Clegg & Savuka album art Johnny Clegg & Savuka Johnny Clegg & Savuka (EP) MINC South Africa 1986 Sell This Version
L4 12XMC (EP) 4054014 Johnny Clegg & Savuka - Asimbonanga / Don't Walk Away album art Johnny Clegg & Savuka Asimbonanga / Don't Walk Away(Cass, Maxi) The CCP Record Company (Pty) Ltd. L4 12XMC (EP) 4054014 South Africa 1986 Sell This Version
Johnny Clegg & Savuka - Great Heart album art Johnny Clegg & Savuka Great Heart (Single) EMI UK 1987 Sell This Version
Johnny Clegg & Savuka - Scatterlings Of Africa album art Johnny Clegg & Savuka Scatterlings Of Africa (Single, EP) EMI Europe 1987 Sell This Version
Johnny Clegg & Savuka - Great Heart album art Johnny Clegg & Savuka Great Heart (Single) Capitol Records US 1987 Sell This Version
00 1793567 Johnny Clegg & Savuka - Asimbonanga / Some People album art Johnny Clegg & Savuka / Cliff Richard Johnny Clegg & Savuka / Cliff Richard - Asimbonanga / Some People(7", Promo) EMI 00 1793567 Italy 1987 Sell This Version
Johnny Clegg & Savuka - Asimbonanga album art Johnny Clegg And Savuka* Asimbonanga (Single, Maxi) EMI France 1987 Sell This Version
Johnny Clegg & Savuka - Take My Heart Away album art Johnny Clegg & Savuka Take My Heart Away (Maxi, Single) EMI, EMI US 1988 Sell This Version
Johnny Clegg & Savuka - Siyayilanda album art Johnny Clegg & Savuka Siyayilanda Capitol Records US 1988 Sell This Version
Johnny Clegg & Savuka - I Call Your Name album art Johnny Clegg & Savuka I Call Your Name (Single, Maxi) EMI South Africa 1988 Sell This Version
052 20 3155 6 Johnny Clegg & Savuka Johnny Clegg & Savuka (Edicion Especial)(12", Maxi) EMI 052 20 3155 6 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
Johnny Clegg & Savuka - One 'Man, One Vote album art Johnny Clegg & Savuka One 'Man, One Vote (Maxi, Single) EMI Italy 1989 Sell This Version
Johnny Clegg & Savuka - Cruel, Crazy, Beautiful World album art Johnny Clegg & Savuka Cruel, Crazy, Beautiful World (Single, Maxi, EP) EMI US 1989 Sell This Version
Johnny Clegg & Savuka - Dela album art Johnny Clegg & Savuka Dela (Maxi, Single) Emi France France 1989 Sell This Version
00 1793777 Johnny Clegg & Savuka - Cruel Crazy Beautiful World / Love Don't Come Easy album art Johnny Clegg & Savuka / The Alarm Johnny Clegg & Savuka / The Alarm - Cruel Crazy Beautiful World / Love Don't Come Easy(7", Promo) EMI 00 1793777 Italy 1990 Sell This Version
Johnny Clegg & Savuka - The Crossing album art Johnny Clegg & Savuka The Crossing (Single) EMI France Netherlands 1993 Sell This Version
Johnny Clegg & Savuka - Ibhola Lethu (Our Football Team) album art Johnny Clegg & Savuka Ibhola Lethu (Our Football Team) (Single) EMI France 1993 Sell This Version
Johnny Clegg & Savuka - These Days album art Johnny Clegg & Savuka These Days (Maxi, Single) EMI US 1993 Sell This Version
MC 4053307 Johnny Clegg & Savuka - Great Heart album art Johnny Clegg & Savuka Great Heart(7", Single) Bullet (8) MC 4053307 South Africa Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

CDCLEGG 1 Johnny Clegg & Savuka - Clegg World News album art Johnny Clegg & Savuka Clegg World News(CD, Comp, Promo, Car) EMI CDCLEGG 1 UK 1989 Sell This Version