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

CDP 7 46778 2 Johnny Clegg & Savuka - Third World Child album art Johnny Clegg & Savuka Third World Child (Album) EMI CDP 7 46778 2 1987 Sell This Version
C4-90411 Johnny Clegg & Savuka - Shadow Man album art Johnny Clegg & Savuka Shadow Man (Album) EMI C4-90411 US 1988 Sell This Version
CDLSR 0012 Johnny Clegg & Savuka - Cruel, Crazy, Beautiful World album art Johnny Clegg & Savuka Cruel, Crazy, Beautiful World (Album) EMI, Capitol Records CDLSR 0012 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
0777 7 98795 2 6 Johnny Clegg & Savuka - Heat, Dust & Dreams album art Johnny Clegg & Savuka Heat, Dust & Dreams (Album) Capitol Records 0777 7 98795 2 6 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
MCLSR 0015 Johnny Clegg & Savuka - Live And Rarities album art Johnny Clegg & Savuka Live And Rarities (Album) Rhythm Music MCLSR 0015 South Africa 1998 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

12 XMC (P) 4054016 Johnny Clegg & Savuka Asimbonanga (Maxi) MINC 12 XMC (P) 4054016 South Africa 1986 Sell This Version
L4 MINC (EO) 4051464 Johnny Clegg & Savuka - Johnny Clegg & Savuka album art Johnny Clegg & Savuka Johnny Clegg & Savuka (EP) MINC L4 MINC (EO) 4051464 South Africa 1986 Sell This Version
EM 10 Johnny Clegg & Savuka - Great Heart album art Johnny Clegg & Savuka Great Heart (Single) EMI EM 10 UK 1987 Sell This Version
EMI 1990 Johnny Clegg & Savuka - Great Heart album art Johnny Clegg & Savuka Great Heart (Single) Capitol Records EMI 1990 Australia 1987 Sell This Version
ED 256 Johnny Clegg & Savuka - Scatterlings Of Africa album art Johnny Clegg & Savuka Scatterlings Of Africa (Single, EP) EMI ED 256 Australia & New Zealand 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
V-15415 Johnny Clegg & Savuka - Siyayilanda album art Johnny Clegg & Savuka Siyayilanda Capitol Records V-15415 US 1988 Sell This Version
SPRO-79365 Johnny Clegg & Savuka - Take My Heart Away album art Johnny Clegg & Savuka Take My Heart Away (Maxi, Single) EMI, EMI SPRO-79365 US 1988 Sell This Version
EMIJ 2025447 Johnny Clegg & Savuka - I Call Your Name album art Johnny Clegg & Savuka I Call Your Name (Single, Maxi) EMI EMIJ 2025447 South Africa 1988 Sell This Version
2017377 Johnny Clegg & Savuka - Asimbonanga album art Johnny Clegg And Savuka* Asimbonanga (Single, Maxi) EMI 2017377 France 1987 Sell This Version
052 20 3155 6 Johnny Clegg & Savuka - Johnny Clegg & Savuka (Edicion Especial) album art Johnny Clegg & Savuka Johnny Clegg & Savuka (Edicion Especial)(12", Maxi) EMI 052 20 3155 6 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
2040677, 2 04067 7 Johnny Clegg & Savuka - Dela album art Johnny Clegg & Savuka Dela (Maxi, Single) Emi France 2040677, 2 04067 7 France 1989 Sell This Version
14 2037896 Johnny Clegg & Savuka - One 'Man, One Vote album art Johnny Clegg & Savuka One 'Man, One Vote (Maxi, Single) EMI 14 2037896 Italy 1989 Sell This Version
7PRO-79869 Johnny Clegg & Savuka - Cruel, Crazy, Beautiful World album art Johnny Clegg & Savuka Cruel, Crazy, Beautiful World (Single, Maxi, EP) EMI 7PRO-79869 US 1989 Sell This Version
ONEDJ 1 Johnny Clegg & Savuka - One World  album art Michael Rose & Junior (2) / Johnny Clegg & Savuka Michael Rose & Junior (2) / Johnny Clegg & Savuka - One World (7", Promo, Smplr) Virgin ONEDJ 1 UK 1990 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
DPRO-79673 Johnny Clegg & Savuka - These Days album art Johnny Clegg & Savuka These Days (Maxi, Single) EMI DPRO-79673 US 1993 Sell This Version
SP 1754 Johnny Clegg & Savuka - Ibhola Lethu (Our Football Team) album art Johnny Clegg & Savuka Ibhola Lethu (Our Football Team) (Single) EMI SP 1754 France 1993 Sell This Version
8 80720 2 Johnny Clegg & Savuka - The Crossing album art Johnny Clegg & Savuka The Crossing (Single) EMI France 8 80720 2 Netherlands 1993 Sell This Version