South Africa mourns anti-apartheid singer ‘White Zulu’ Johnny Clegg

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South African legendary singer Johnny Clegg, who blended Zulu rhythms with Western styles and defied apartheid segregation, died on Tuesday after a long battle with cancer, his manager said.

“Johnny passed away (with) his family this afternoon after a four and a half year battle with cancer,” manager Roddy Quinn told SABC news.

“It is with immense sadness that we confirm that Johnny Clegg… succumbed to pancreatic cancer at the age of 66 on the afternoon of 16 July 2019 at his family home in Johannesburg,” Quinn added in a statement.

Johnny leaves deep footprints in the hearts of every person that considers him/herself to be an African. He showed us what it was to assimilate to and embrace other cultures without losing your identity.

“Johnny leaves deep footprints in the hearts of every person that considers him/herself to be an African.

“He showed us what it was to assimilate to and embrace other cultures without losing your identity.

“With his unique style of music he traversed cultural barriers like few others. In many of us, he awakened awareness.”

Nicknamed the “White Zulu”, he mastered the language, culture and high kicks of Zulu dance, forming multi-racial bands in defiance of the segregationist laws of the apartheid-era government which censored his work.

Clegg was diagnosed with cancer in 2015 but continued to tour and perform around the world.

Min. Nathi Mthethwa@NathiMthethwaSA

A towering giant has fallen with the passing of legendary Singer-songwriter & Anthropologist Johnny Clegg. Our hearts are sore & as he famously sang in Asimbonanga “oh the sea is cold & the sky is grey” as we contend with the loss of a torchbearer of our struggle for freedom.3,3107:01 PM – Jul 16, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy

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South African Government@GovernmentZA · 17h

Condolences to Family and Friends of
Johnny Clegg -one of South Africa’s most celebrated sons. He was a singer, a songwriter, a dancer, anthropologist whose infectious crossover music exploded onto the international scene and contributed towards social cohesion #RIPJohnnyClegg

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South African Government@GovernmentZA

Johnny Clegg’s was also the recipient of the Order of Ikhamanga in
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Prof Thuli Madonsela@ThuliMadonsela3

Profoundly heartbreaking to receive the news of the untimely passing of music icon and anti-apartheid activist Johnny Clegg #RIPJohnnyClegg3,6516:55 PM – Jul 16, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy

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Mmusi Maimane@MmusiMaimane

I’m deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Johnny Clegg.

A true legend and one of our greatest ambassadors. He wrote our SA story when our country was at its worst and at its best.

I’d like to extend my heartfelt condolences to his family, may his soul rest in peace. 2,5167:28 PM – Jul 16, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy

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Ryan Cummings@Pol_Sec_Analyst

Name a more iconic duo, ill wait….

Rest in Power Johnny Clegg2,0547:01 PM – Jul 16, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy

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Ice Tiye @sveveni

What an amazing life lived with a testimony that non-racialism is indeed possible. Rest easy Johnny Clegg….#JohnnyClegg2,2317:42 PM – Jul 16, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy

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by AFP