South Africa Archive

Johnny Clegg

Johnny Clegg

Johnny Clegg is one of South Africa’s most celebrated sons. He is a singer, a songwriter, a dancer, anthropologist and a musical activist whose infectious crossover music, a vibrant blend of Western pop and African Zulu rhythms, has exploded onto the international scene and broken through all the barriers in his own country. In France, where he enjoys a massive following, he is fondly called Le Zulu Blanc – the white Zulu.

Over three decades, Johnny Clegg has sold over five million albums of his brand of crossover music worldwide. He has wowed vast audiences with his audacious live shows and won a number of national and international awards for his music and for his outspoken views on apartheid, his perspectives on migrant workers in South Africa and the general situation in the world today. Johnny Clegg’s history is as bold, colourful and dashing as the rainbow country which he has called home for more than 40 years.

 

 

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Festivals – Essence Festival Expands

Festivals - Essence Festival Expands

By Beth Kormanik

photo Jacob Joergenson

ESSENCE FESTIVAL TO EXPAND TO SOUTH AFRICA: The Essence Festival, a staple of New Orleans for the past 20 years, will expand to Durban, South Africa, in 2016 and 2017. Associated Press: “‘There’s a great deal in common culturally between America and South Africa,” said Essence Communications Inc. President Michelle Ebanks. ‘We share a history of racial, economic and social prejudice and disparities. There are many parallels and we felt expanding to South Africa was a great connection.’ … The Essence Festival Durban will follow the multi-day format of the New Orleans event, which draws more than 450,000 people annually over the July 4th holiday weekend and has an economic impact of more than $200 million locally.” http://apne.ws/1LSUGmC

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