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 Third World Child — Johnny Clegg & Savuka Johnny Clegg & Savuka Third World Child (Album) EMI CDP 7 46778 2 1987 Sell This Version
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C4-90411 Shadow Man — Johnny Clegg & Savuka Johnny Clegg & Savuka Shadow Man (Album) EMI C4-90411 US 1988 Sell This Version
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CDLSR 0012 Cruel, Crazy, Beautiful World — Johnny Clegg & Savuka Johnny Clegg & Savuka Cruel, Crazy, Beautiful World (Album) EMI, Capitol Records CDLSR 0012 South Africa 1988 Sell This Version
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SPRO 357 Johnny Clegg & Savuka Music Show And Interview(Cass, Promo) Capitol Records SPRO 357 Canada 1991 Sell This Version
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7 98795 2, 0777 7 98795 2 6, CDEMC 3650 Heat, Dust & Dreams — Johnny Clegg & Savuka Johnny Clegg & Savuka Heat, Dust & Dreams (Album) Capitol Records 7 98795 2, 0777 7 98795 2 6, CDEMC 3650 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
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MCLSR 0015 Live And Rarities — Johnny Clegg & Savuka Johnny Clegg & Savuka Live And Rarities (Album) Rhythm Music MCLSR 0015 South Africa 1998 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

12XMC(P) 4054016 Asimbonanga — Johnny Clegg & Savuka Johnny Clegg & Savuka Asimbonanga (Maxi) MINC 12XMC(P) 4054016 South Africa 1986 Sell This Version
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L4 MINC (EO) 4051464 Johnny Clegg & Savuka — Johnny Clegg & Savuka Johnny Clegg & Savuka Johnny Clegg & Savuka (EP) MINC L4 MINC (EO) 4051464 South Africa 1986 Sell This Version
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PS 51 Great Heart / Ancient Dust Of Africa — Johnny Clegg & Savuka Johnny Clegg & Savuka & Edi Niederlander Johnny Clegg & Savuka & Edi Niederlander - Great Heart / Ancient Dust Of Africa(7", Promo, Smplr) Not On Label PS 51 South Africa 1986 Sell This Version
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EM 10 Great Heart — Johnny Clegg & Savuka Johnny Clegg & Savuka Great Heart (Single, EP) EMI EM 10 UK 1987 Sell This Version
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EMI 1990 Great Heart — Johnny Clegg & Savuka Johnny Clegg & Savuka Great Heart (Single) Capitol Records EMI 1990 Australia 1987 Sell This Version
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ED 256 Scatterlings Of Africa — Johnny Clegg & Savuka Johnny Clegg & Savuka Scatterlings Of Africa (Single, EP) EMI ED 256 Australia & New Zealand 1987 Sell This Version
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00 1793567 Asimbonanga / Some People — Johnny Clegg & Savuka Johnny Clegg & Savuka / Cliff Richard Johnny Clegg & Savuka / Cliff Richard - Asimbonanga / Some People(7", Promo) EMI 00 1793567 Italy 1987 Sell This Version
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V-15415 Siyayilanda — Johnny Clegg & Savuka Johnny Clegg & Savuka Siyayilanda EMI V-15415 US 1988 Sell This Version
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SPRO-79365 Take My Heart Away — Johnny Clegg & Savuka Johnny Clegg & Savuka Take My Heart Away (Maxi, Single) EMI, EMI SPRO-79365 US 1988 Sell This Version
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EMIJ 2025447 I Call Your Name — Johnny Clegg & Savuka Johnny Clegg & Savuka I Call Your Name (Single, Maxi) EMI, EMI EMIJ 2025447 South Africa 1988 Sell This Version
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2017377 Asimbonanga — Johnny Clegg & Savuka Johnny Clegg And Savuka* Asimbonanga (Single, Maxi) EMI 2017377 France 1987 Sell This Version
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052 20 3155 6 Johnny Clegg & Savuka (Edicion Especial) — Johnny Clegg & Savuka Johnny Clegg & Savuka Johnny Clegg & Savuka (Edicion Especial)(12", Maxi) EMI 052 20 3155 6 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
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SPRO-79366 Johnny Clegg & Savuka — Johnny Clegg & Savuka Johnny Clegg & Savuka Johnny Clegg & Savuka(12", EP) EMI SPRO-79366 US 1988 Sell This Version
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2040676 Dela — Johnny Clegg & Savuka Johnny Clegg & Savuka Dela (Maxi, Single) Emi France 2040676 France 1989 Sell This Version
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14 2037896 One 'Man, One Vote — Johnny Clegg & Savuka Johnny Clegg & Savuka One 'Man, One Vote (Single, Maxi) EMI 14 2037896 Italy 1989 Sell This Version
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7PRO-79869 Cruel, Crazy, Beautiful World — Johnny Clegg & Savuka Johnny Clegg & Savuka Cruel, Crazy, Beautiful World (Single, Maxi, EP) EMI 7PRO-79869 US 1989 Sell This Version
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ONEDJ 1 One World  — Johnny Clegg & Savuka 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
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00 1793777 Cruel Crazy Beautiful World / Love Don't Come Easy — Johnny Clegg & Savuka 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
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DPRO-79673 These Days — Johnny Clegg & Savuka Johnny Clegg & Savuka These Days (Maxi, Single) EMI DPRO-79673 US 1993 Sell This Version