Johnny Clegg

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"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.

Young Johnny, 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 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.

Their musical breakthrough came in 1976 when, as "Johnny and Sipho", they secured a major recording deal and produced their first hit, "Woza Albert". Under the guide of producer Hilton Rosenthal, the band Juluka was formed around these two core members. However, because their music was in total 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 forms 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.

Since then, Johnny has recorded solo (briefly reforming Juluka for one album and a tour), including his latest studio album "New World Survivor" in 2002 and continues 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 receive the OBE 1n 2015 (at age 61) for his contribution to music and the struggle against apartheid
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Johnny Clegg Discography Tracks

Albums

MINC(L) 1 140 Johnny Clegg - Third World Child album art Johnny Clegg Third World Child(LP, Album) Minc MINC(L) 1 140 South Africa 1985 Sell This Version
Johnny Clegg - South Africa: Cologne Zulu Festival album art Johnny Clegg & Sipho Mchunu / Ladysmith Black Mambazo Johnny Clegg & Sipho Mchunu / Ladysmith Black Mambazo - South Africa: Cologne Zulu Festival (Album) Network Medien GmbH, World Network & WDR Germany 1992 Sell This Version
CDEMM (WI) 067, 0724359201726 Johnny Clegg - A South African Story (Live At The Nelson Mandela Theatre) album art 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
Johnny Clegg - Best Of Live At The Nelson Mandela Theatre album art Johnny Clegg Best Of Live At The Nelson Mandela Theatre (Album) Capitol Music France 2004 Sell This Version
Johnny Clegg - "One Life" album art Johnny Clegg "One Life" (Album) Rhythm Dog Music South Africa 2006 Sell This Version
Johnny Clegg - At The Baxter Theatre Cape Town: Best, Live & Unplugged album art Clegg* At The Baxter Theatre Cape Town: Best, Live & Unplugged (Album) Not On Label (Johnny Clegg Self-released) South Africa 2006 Sell This Version
Johnny Clegg - Human album art Johnny Clegg Human (Album) EMI Music France France 2010 Sell This Version
none Johnny Clegg - King Of Time album art Johnny Clegg King Of Time(7xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Universal Music none 2017

Singles & EPs

JM 119 Johnny Clegg - Sengikhumbula Emakhabe Leni album art Jonathan Clegg* / Sipho Mchunu Jonathan Clegg* / Sipho Mchunu - Sengikhumbula Emakhabe Leni(7", Single) Jamloti JM 119 South Africa 1976 Sell This Version
Johnny Clegg - Love Is Just A Dream (Tatazela) album art Juluka / Johnny Clegg & Sipho Mchunu Juluka / Johnny Clegg & Sipho Mchunu - Love Is Just A Dream (Tatazela) (Single) CNR Music France Austria 1997 Sell This Version
3041565 Johnny Clegg - Crocodile Love album art Juluka, Johnny Clegg & Sipho Mchunu Juluka, Johnny Clegg & Sipho Mchunu - Crocodile Love(CD, Single, Car) CNR Music 3041565 France 1997 Sell This Version
MBO 664934 2 Johnny Clegg - Crocodile Love album art Juluka, Johnny Clegg & Sipho Mchunu Juluka, Johnny Clegg & Sipho Mchunu - Crocodile Love(CD, Maxi) Mambo MBO 664934 2 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
KSCD1010 Johnny Clegg - Mélodie Bulgare / Emotional Allegiance album art Bagad Kemper, Johnny Clegg Bagad Kemper, Johnny Clegg - Mélodie Bulgare / Emotional Allegiance(CD, Single, Promo) Keltia Musique KSCD1010 France 1999 Sell This Version
SPCD 1717 Johnny Clegg - In My African Dream album art Johnny Clegg In My African Dream(CD, Single, Promo) EMI France SPCD 1717 France Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

PUTU 127-2/M127-2 Johnny Clegg - A Johnny Clegg And Juluka Collection album art Johnny Clegg And Juluka Johnny Clegg And Juluka - A Johnny Clegg And Juluka Collection(CD, Comp) Putumayo World Music PUTU 127-2/M127-2 US 1996 Sell This Version
Johnny Clegg - The Best Of Juluka / Savuka Featuring Johnny Clegg album art Juluka / Savuka* Featuring Johnny Clegg Juluka / Savuka* Featuring Johnny Clegg - The Best Of Juluka / Savuka Featuring Johnny Clegg (Comp) Primedia Record Company South Africa 1999 Sell This Version
Johnny Clegg - Anthology album art Johnny Clegg Anthology (Comp) Rhythm Safari Australia 1999 Sell This Version
Johnny Clegg - Spirit Is The Journey - The Best Of album art Johnny Clegg / Juluka / Johnny Clegg & Savuka Johnny Clegg / Juluka / Johnny Clegg & Savuka - Spirit Is The Journey - The Best Of (Comp) EMI Music France Europe 2010 Sell This Version

Videos

none Johnny Clegg - Johnny Clegg Compilation album art Johnny Clegg Johnny Clegg Compilation(VHS, Comp) EMI none US 1987 Sell This Version
STDVD 007 Johnny Clegg - Live At The Nelson Mandela Theatre album art Johnny Clegg Live At The Nelson Mandela Theatre(DVD-V) Sting Music STDVD 007 South Africa 2007 Sell This Version