Far More Than A Musician

Just after I posted yesterday’s blog, I suddenly got the news that the great South African musician, Johnny Clegg, had passed away. Clegg’s fame spread well past South African shores, including massive concerts in France, and recognition in many parts of the world, including the USA. If you haven’t heard of him, a look at his Wikipedia bio,  will tell you that he was not just a writer and performer of great songs, but an important figure in the fight against apartheid, especially in winning the hearts and minds of white people that apartheid and racism were ridiculous and stupid -probably an even more direct role than the extraordinary story of the American musician Rodriguez.

I have personal memories of Johnny Clegg and his music – being aware of his songs as a pre-teenager, seeing a concert of his at my university, learning to gumboot dance to one of his songs for an international conference. He was such a huge part of being South African that one only realizes how immense his life was when he has left us. Everyone has spoken of his goodness as a person -the world is so much poorer without him.

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  1. Tom says:

    I remember being blown away by this man back in 1988. He supported Robert Palmer but was clearly the star of the show. His songs, his dancing, his charisma simply sparkled.

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