Johnny Clegg

Real Name:
Jonathan Paul Clegg
Profile:
South African "songwriter, dancer, guitarist and vocalist - in that order."

Johnny Clegg was born on 7th June 1953 in Rochdale, Lancashire, England and raised in Israel, Zambia, South Africa, and Rhodesia before finally settling in Johannesburg in 1965.
Died on 16th July 2019.

Clegg, who had been learning to play Spanish guitar, was 14 when he met a Zulu gardener, Charlie Mzila, playing street music near Clegg’s home. For two years he learned the fundamentals of Zulu culture and traditional "inhlangwini" dancing as he accompanied Mzila to the migrant labour haunts - from hostels to rooftop shebeens. It was the height of apartheid, and Johnny Clegg’s involvement with black musicians and his love for the music often led to him being arrested for trespassing on government property and contravening the Group Areas Act.

Johnny Clegg’s fast-growing reputation finally reached the ears of Sipho Mchunu (born 1951), a migrant Zulu worker who had come to Johannesburg looking for work. Intrigued, Mchunu tracked Johnny down and challenged him to a guitar playing competition, sparking off a friendship and musical partnership that helped transform the face of South African music. That was in 1969.

After Clegg completed his education, graduating with a BA (Hons) in Social Anthropology and Political Science from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, he spent four years as a lecturer.

Johnny & Sipho had their musical breakthrough in 1976 when they secured a major recording deal and produced their first hit, "Woza Friday". Under the guidance of producer Hilton Rosenthal, the band Juluka was formed around these two core members. Because their music was in contravention of the cultural segregation laws of the time, it was subjected to censorship and banning, and their only way to access an audience was through touring. In late 1979 their first album, "Universal Men", was released. It received no airplay but became a word-of-mouth hit. They were able to tour in Europe and had two platinum and five gold albums, becoming an international success. Juluka was finally disbanded in 1985 as Mchunu returned to his roots in Zululand to become a livestock farmer.

Later that year, Johnny Clegg released his first solo album "Third World Child".

He also formed Savuka, another inter-racial crossover band in 1986, blending African music with European (especially Celtic) influences. One EP and four albums were released between 1986 and 1993 before that band was terminated.

Clegg also recorded solo (briefly reforming Juluka for one album and a tour), including his studio album "New World Survivor" in 2002 and continued to perform live with resounding success, including his support of Nelson Mandela’s "46664 AIDS Awareness Concerts" in South Africa and Norway during 2004 and 2005.

In France he is affectionately known as "le Zoulou blanc", the white Zulu.

He received an OBE in 2015 for his contribution to music and the struggle against apartheid.
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Albums

923 898-4 Scatterlings — Johnny Clegg Johnny Clegg & Juluka Johnny Clegg & Juluka - Scatterlings(Cass, Album) Warner Bros. Records 923 898-4 Germany 1982 Sell This Version
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MINC(L) 1 140 Third World Child — Johnny Clegg Johnny Clegg Third World Child(LP, Album) Minc MINC(L) 1 140 South Africa 1985 Sell This Version
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54.036 South Africa: Cologne Zulu Festival — Johnny Clegg Johnny Clegg & Sipho Mchunu / Ladysmith Black Mambazo Johnny Clegg & Sipho Mchunu / Ladysmith Black Mambazo - South Africa: Cologne Zulu Festival (Album) Network Medien 54.036 Germany 1992 Sell This Version
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CDVM (WFL) 45 New World Survivor — Johnny Clegg Johnny Clegg New World Survivor (Album) Value Music CDVM (WFL) 45 South Africa 2002 Sell This Version
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CDEMM (WI) 067, 0724359201726 A South African Story (Live At The Nelson Mandela Theatre) — Johnny Clegg Johnny Clegg A South African Story (Live At The Nelson Mandela Theatre)(CD, Album) EMI Commercial Marketing, Value Music, EMI Commercial Marketing CDEMM (WI) 067, 0724359201726 South Africa 2003 Sell This Version
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577294 2 Best Of Live At The Nelson Mandela Theatre — Johnny Clegg Johnny Clegg Best Of Live At The Nelson Mandela Theatre (Album) Capitol Music 577294 2 France 2004 Sell This Version
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RSFCD1044 Johnny Clegg "One Life" (Album) Sting Music RSFCD1044 Australia 2006 Sell This Version
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JC0001 At The Baxter Theatre Cape Town: Best, Live & Unplugged — Johnny Clegg Clegg* At The Baxter Theatre Cape Town: Best, Live & Unplugged (Album) Not On Label (Johnny Clegg Self-released) JC0001 South Africa 2006 Sell This Version
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RSFCD1051 Human — Johnny Clegg Johnny Clegg Human (Album) EMI Music France RSFCD1051 Australia 2010 Sell This Version
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none King Of Time — Johnny Clegg Johnny Clegg King Of Time (Album) Universal Music none 2017 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

JM 119 Sengikhumbula Emakhabe Leni / Baba Ungadlali Ngomama — Johnny Clegg Jonathan Clegg* / Sipho Mchunu Jonathan Clegg* / Sipho Mchunu - Sengikhumbula Emakhabe Leni / Baba Ungadlali Ngomama(7", Single) Jamloti JM 119 South Africa 1976 Sell This Version
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DPRO 79287 FernGully - Life Is A Magic Thing — Johnny Clegg Johnny Clegg FernGully - Life Is A Magic Thing(CD, Advance, Single, Promo) Capitol Records DPRO 79287 US 1992 Sell This Version
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8802972 Life Is A Magic Thing — Johnny Clegg Johnny Clegg Life Is A Magic Thing(CD, Single) EMI, Capitol Records 8802972 Australasia 1992 Sell This Version
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SPCD 1717 In My African Dream — Johnny Clegg Johnny Clegg In My African Dream(CD, Single, Promo) EMI France SPCD 1717 France 1993 Sell This Version
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3041565 Crocodile Love — Johnny Clegg Juluka, Johnny Clegg & Sipho Mchunu Juluka, Johnny Clegg & Sipho Mchunu - Crocodile Love (Single, Maxi) CNR Music 3041565 France 1997 Sell This Version
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SAMPCS 4299 Love Is Just A Dream (Tatazela) — Johnny Clegg Juluka / Johnny Clegg & Sipho Mchunu Juluka / Johnny Clegg & Sipho Mchunu - Love Is Just A Dream (Tatazela) (Single) CNR Music France SAMPCS 4299 Austria 1997 Sell This Version
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KSCD1010 Mélodie Bulgare / Emotional Allegiance — Johnny Clegg Bagad Kemper, Johnny Clegg Bagad Kemper, Johnny Clegg - Mélodie Bulgare / Emotional Allegiance(CD, Single, Promo) Keltia Musique KSCD1010 France 1999 Sell This Version
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46817.S3 Jongosi - A Happy Salute To The French & South African Rugby Teams — Johnny Clegg Johnny Clegg Jongosi - A Happy Salute To The French & South African Rugby Teams(CDr, Single, Promo) Marabi Productions 46817.S3 France 2007 Sell This Version
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Compilations

PUTU 127-2/M127-2 A Johnny Clegg And Juluka Collection — Johnny Clegg Johnny Clegg And Juluka Johnny Clegg And Juluka - A Johnny Clegg And Juluka Collection(CD, Comp) Putumayo PUTU 127-2/M127-2 US 1996 Sell This Version
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153 330-2 Anthology — Johnny Clegg Johnny Clegg Anthology (Comp) Rhythm Safari 153 330-2 Australia 1999 Sell This Version
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CDVM (WL) 22 The Best Of Juluka / Savuka Featuring Johnny Clegg — Johnny Clegg Juluka / Savuka* Featuring Johnny Clegg Juluka / Savuka* Featuring Johnny Clegg - The Best Of Juluka / Savuka Featuring Johnny Clegg (Comp) Primedia Record Company, Quality Sounds SABC 3 CDVM (WL) 22 South Africa 1999 Sell This Version
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STIDCD116 Live At The Nelson Mandela Theatre — Johnny Clegg Johnny Clegg Live At The Nelson Mandela Theatre(CD, Comp) Rhythm Dog Music STIDCD116 South Africa 2007 Sell This Version
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5099964286327 Celebrating 30 Years Of Johnny Clegg (Spirit Is The Journey - The Best Of) — Johnny Clegg Johnny Clegg Celebrating 30 Years Of Johnny Clegg (Spirit Is The Journey - The Best Of) (Comp) EMI 5099964286327 Europe 2010 Sell This Version
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none 2016 — Johnny Clegg Johnny Clegg 2016(17xFile, FLAC, Comp) Rhythm Safari none 2016
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Videos

none Johnny Clegg Compilation — Johnny Clegg Johnny Clegg Johnny Clegg Compilation(VHS, Advance, Comp, NTSC) EMI none US 1987 Sell This Version