Johnny Clegg & Savuka

Johnny Clegg & Savuka

Profile:
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.
Sites:
Members:
Variations:

Johnny Clegg & Savuka Discography

Albums

Johnny Clegg & Savuka Third World Child (Album) EMI-Bovema Holland 1987 Sell This Version
Johnny Clegg & Savuka Shadow Man (Album) EMI South Africa 1988 Sell This Version
Johnny Clegg & Savuka Cruel, Crazy, Beautiful World (Album) EMI US 1989 Sell This Version
Johnny Clegg & Savuka Heat, Dust & Dreams (Album) Capitol Records 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
Johnny Clegg & Savuka Great Heart (Single) EMI UK 1987 Sell This Version
Johnny Clegg & Savuka Scatterlings Of Africa (Single, EP) EMI 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
Johnny Clegg & Savuka Asimbonanga (Single, Maxi) EMI US 1987 Sell This Version
Johnny Clegg & Savuka Take My Heart Away (Maxi, Single) EMI, EMI US 1988 Sell This Version
Johnny Clegg & Savuka I Call Your Name (Maxi) EMI UK 1988 Sell This Version
Johnny Clegg & Savuka Siyayilanda Capitol Records US 1988 Sell This Version
Johnny Clegg & Savuka One 'Man, One Vote (Maxi, Single) EMI France 1989 Sell This Version
Johnny Clegg & Savuka Cruel, Crazy, Beautiful World (Single, Maxi) EMI US 1989 Sell This Version
Johnny Clegg & Savuka Dela (Maxi) Emi France 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
Johnny Clegg & Savuka Ibhola Lethu (Our Football Team) (Single) EMI France 1993 Sell This Version
Johnny Clegg & Savuka The Crossing (Single) EMI France Netherlands 1993 Sell This Version
Johnny Clegg & Savuka These Days (Maxi, Single) EMI US 1993 Sell This Version

Compilations

CDCLEGG 1 Johnny Clegg & Savuka Clegg World News(CD, Comp, Promo, Car) EMI CDCLEGG 1 UK 1989 Sell This Version
Johnny Clegg & Savuka In My African Dream: The Best Of Johnny Clegg & Savuka (Comp) EMI Music Canada 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

Videos (33) Edit