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A tribute to Johnny Clegg

I was very touched by the tribute put together for Johnny Clegg where over 50 South African musicians recorded a song of his as a tribute to him.  He is busy battling cancer now and I am guessing it must be getting very serious.  To me, and I think of true South African legends and of course South Africa has been blessed with so many, and let’s not even start with Nelson Mandela, etc, but I always also think of very talented artists like Zapiro, the political cartoonist, and to me, Johnny Clegg is the most famous South African musician ever.  He really has a brand of music that is all about South Africa and which I have spent many years of my life listening to all over the place, especially when I am in Kruger Park, not to mention going to his various concerts.  In fact, when I was chairman of the Gauteng Law Council, the Chairman got to choose a year end function that all the councillors attend and I chose a concert of Johnny Clegg and Savuka which was of course the follow-up to his original band, Juluka.

In any event, it is well worth having a look at the video of the tribute song here:

His son apparently asked Johnny what song they would like him to re-record, and to their surprise he chose “The Crossing.”  “The Crossing” is a song about passing from this world to another world - so it is about death. 

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Helen  said:
on Monday 21-Jan-19 08:03 AM
Very sad that such as talented musician Johnny Clegg on 9 April 2015 was diagnosed with stage two pancreatic cancer. Within days, he had a 7 hour operation that removed half of his pancreas, his gallbladder, bile duct, duodenum as well as half of his stomach.
This was followed by six months of gruelling chemotherapy.
While he went into remission until August 2016, the cancer returned and saw him go through another six months of chemo. He was once again in remission by February 2017 and decided it was time for one last tour.

Jolene   said:
on Wednesday 16-Jan-19 09:24 AM
The video is amazing, Johnny Clegg is a true South African legend who has made an incredible mark on the music industry. He is one of a kind and very inspiring.

Bianca T  said:
on Tuesday 15-Jan-19 02:58 PM
What a beautiful song, he made such a great impact in many peoples lives, he's legacy will live on

Mathilda Du Preez  said:
on Monday 14-Jan-19 02:57 PM
This is amazing!
Such a beautiful tribute to an amazing South African musician.

Megan  said:
on Monday 14-Jan-19 10:31 AM
The fact that people can come together for him is really amazing. It just goes to show that if you care enough to do something for a legendary artist, you can do the smallest thing for anyone.

Angelique Jurgens  said:
on Friday 11-Jan-19 04:11 PM
I am almost sure that must have left him speechless! He truly is one of the greatest musicians and such a treat that he is South African! I remember learning about him in Primary school as "the white Zulu" and was truly fascinated. "Life into death lifes other shape, no rupture, only crossing". O Siyeza, o siyeza , sizofika webaba noma

Alexis  said:
on Friday 11-Jan-19 10:37 AM
That is quite something and very nice for fellow artists to do something like this...He is a huge icon in SA and it must be really nice to know that what you did in life was appreciated

Melissa van Tellingen  said:
on Friday 11-Jan-19 08:29 AM
This tribute just makes my heart melt. I think it's great to support each other when going through hard times especially this illness. I think having people around you that care really helps with getting better as well.

sarah Tissen  said:
on Friday 11-Jan-19 08:03 AM
I agree it is very nice to see how many people actually care about you when you are going through a heard time or battling with a illness. The fact that it was done by South African artist is very feel.

Joyce  said:
on Thursday 10-Jan-19 04:53 PM
I think what has just been done by South African musicians it’s a precious thanks to Johnny and his loved ones, it sounds like Johnny’s always been the love of the people, it is sad that Jonny is going through a not nice situation of cancer.

candice  said:
on Thursday 10-Jan-19 04:30 PM
Johnny Clegg is a super awesome guy i had the privileged of working with him at my previous company, Very sad that he Cancer so many people battle with this illness. He is a true South African Icon and im glad they done a tribute to him.

Victoria  said:
on Thursday 10-Jan-19 04:03 PM
That is truly so special that all those South African artists came together to do this wonderful tribute for Johnny.

Jadine Richards  said:
on Thursday 10-Jan-19 02:08 PM
Johnny Clegg is definitely up there with the South African Greats. The tribute is a wonderful gesture of empathy and gratitude for all that Johnny has done for this country.

Fikile  said:
on Thursday 10-Jan-19 12:41 PM
It is so nice to see so many musicians doing this for Johnny Clegg, it is always best to thank a person while they are still alive other than to thank them when they are gone. Johnny Clegg is mostly known as a person who loves maskandi music and mostly loves to perform with who can do Maskandi. He has performed with so many people like ladies black mambazo. It's a pity we will never get a chance to see him perform again but his last concert was the best

courtney  said:
on Thursday 10-Jan-19 12:40 PM
You can actually see the spirit in that room! Actually got goose bumps! Well done South Africa!

Michelle D  said:
on Thursday 10-Jan-19 12:34 PM
It is a beautiful cover. It's very sad that Johnny Clegg's time is coming to an end. But with all that he has accomplished, there is no doubt that his name and memory will outlive us all.

brumilde  said:
on Thursday 10-Jan-19 12:32 PM
Interesting that he is an Anthropologists!! So he studies humans and their behavior, i wonder if he has a book. Im sure there are many other things we do not know, and as people are giving tributes, im sure an autobiography should follow shortly.

clare  said:
on Thursday 10-Jan-19 10:44 AM
This is awesome I enjoyed it so much, this makes you proud. Even if the song is about Death its still positive that people can enjoy something together.

Dune  said:
on Thursday 10-Jan-19 09:28 AM
I have only heard the song over the radio but after watching the video, wow it just makes it that must better. It brings tears to your eyes seeing how a bunch of diverse artists can come together in honor of a legend and make such great music! Truly touches by the song.

Ashleigh  said:
on Thursday 10-Jan-19 09:21 AM
I watched the video and it is truly a great tribute Johnny Clegg. I actually enjoy some of his songs. One of my favorite songs from him is Great Heart.

Bianca N  said:
on Thursday 10-Jan-19 09:09 AM
So proud to be a South African right now. This is incredible!

Angelica Canosa  said:
on Thursday 10-Jan-19 08:54 AM
Talented and an inspirational artist. People like him make me proud to be a South African.

Michelle Smillie  said:
on Thursday 10-Jan-19 08:50 AM
I always get chills when South African artists get together to create a tribute song. Another example is Shout SA. We have very good artists and tribute like this will be remembered for a long time.

Nina  said:
on Thursday 10-Jan-19 08:48 AM
I really enjoyed this song. It is very well done and it just again makes me very proud to be a South African. Our country is really blessed with amazing world class talent.

Nicolle  said:
on Thursday 10-Jan-19 08:22 AM
This is a lovely gesture. What a beautiful reminder that a country often described as being torn apart, can, in fact, be united. A beautiful cover!

david  said:
on Thursday 10-Jan-19 07:51 AM
everyone lives, everyone dies.
not many leave a mark.


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