Grammy-nominated singer Johnny Clegg dies aged 66
Grammy-nominated singer one of few white artists to openly confront apartheid regime.
The South African singer and songwriter Johnny Clegg, one of the few white artists to openly confront the apartheid government in the late 1970s and 1980s, has died aged 66, his agent has said.
He had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015.
The Grammy-nominated singer, sometimes called the “White Zulu”, died peacefully at home in Johannesburg on Tuesday with his family, according to Clegg’s manager, Roddy Quin.
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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 pic.twitter.com/NpyQeZ2E4X
— South African Government (@GovernmentZA) July 16, 2019
“Johnny leaves deep footprints in the hearts of every person that considers himself or herself to be an African,” Quinn told AFP.
South Africa’s government paid tribute to Clegg’s achievements on Twitter, saying his music could “unite people across the races and bring them together as a community”.
“Clegg has made an indelible mark in the music industry and the hearts of the people,” they said.