Johnny Clegg & Savuka

Johnny Clegg & Savuka

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.

Johnny Clegg & Savuka Discography


CDP 7 46778 2 Johnny Clegg & Savuka Third World Child (Album) EMI-Bovema Holland CDP 7 46778 2 1987 Sell This Version
EMCJ (D) 7904111 Johnny Clegg & Savuka Shadow Man (Album) EMI EMCJ (D) 7904111 South Africa 1988 Sell This Version
CDP 593446 Johnny Clegg & Savuka Cruel, Crazy, Beautiful World (Album) EMI CDP 593446 US 1989 Sell This Version
072-7987951 Johnny Clegg & Savuka Heat, Dust & Dreams (Album) Capitol Records 072-7987951 Spain 1993 Sell This Version
CRMCD 152 Juluka / Savuka* Featuring Johnny Clegg Juluka / Savuka* Featuring Johnny Clegg - The Best Of Juluka / Savuka Featuring Johnny Clegg(CD, Album) Universal, Electromode Music CRMCD 152 South Africa 2002 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Minc (O) 4051461 Johnny Clegg & Savuka Johnny Clegg And Savuka(12") MINC Minc (O) 4051461 South Africa 1986 Sell This Version
EM 10 Johnny Clegg & Savuka Great Heart (Single) EMI EM 10 UK 1987 Sell This Version
K 060 20 1664 6 Johnny Clegg & Savuka Scatterlings Of Africa (Single, EP) EMI K 060 20 1664 6 Europe 1987 Sell This Version
00 1793567 Johnny Clegg & Savuka / Cliff Richard Johnny Clegg & Savuka / Cliff Richard - Asimbonanga / Some People(7", Promo) EMI 00 1793567 Italy 1987 Sell This Version
PB-44152 Johnny Clegg & Savuka Great Heart(7", Single, Promo) Capitol Records PB-44152 US 1987 Sell This Version
P-B-44109 Johnny Clegg & Savuka Asimbonanga (Single, Maxi) EMI P-B-44109 US 1987 Sell This Version
SPRO-79365 Johnny Clegg & Savuka Take My Heart Away (Maxi, Single) EMI, EMI SPRO-79365 US 1988 Sell This Version
12EM56 Johnny Clegg & Savuka I Call Your Name (Maxi) EMI 12EM56 UK 1988 Sell This Version
V-15415 Johnny Clegg & Savuka Siyayilanda Capitol Records V-15415 US 1988 Sell This Version
2037896 Johnny Clegg & Savuka One 'Man, One Vote (Maxi, Single) EMI 2037896 France 1989 Sell This Version
7PRO-79869 Johnny Clegg & Savuka Cruel, Crazy, Beautiful World (Single, Maxi) EMI 7PRO-79869 US 1989 Sell This Version
2040677 Johnny Clegg & Savuka Dela (Maxi) Emi France 2040677 France 1989 Sell This Version
DPRO-79387 Johnny Clegg & Savuka Cruel, Crazy, Beautiful Tour(CD, EP, Promo) Capitol Records, EMI DPRO-79387 US 1990 Sell This Version
00 1793777 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
SP 1754 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 (Single) EMI France 8 80720 2 Netherlands 1993 Sell This Version
DPRO-79673 Johnny Clegg & Savuka These Days (Maxi, Single) EMI DPRO-79673 US 1993 Sell This Version


CDCLEGG 1 Johnny Clegg & Savuka Clegg World News(CD, Comp, Promo, Car) EMI CDCLEGG 1 UK 1989 Sell This Version
829939 2 Johnny Clegg & Savuka In My African Dream: The Best Of Johnny Clegg & Savuka (Comp) EMI Music Canada 829939 2 France 1994 Sell This Version
SPCD 1758 Johnny Clegg & Savuka Live And Rarities(CD, Comp, Promo) EMI France SPCD 1758 Europe 1994 Sell This Version

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