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South African Musician Johnny Clegg Dies at 66

Johnny Clegg, a South African musician who performed in defiance of racial barriers imposed under the country's apartheid system decades ago and celebrated its new democracy under Nelson Mandela, died Tuesday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 66.The Grammy-nominated and British-born singer sometimes called the "White Zulu" died peacefully at home in Johannesburg with his family there, according to Clegg's manager, Roddy Quin."He fought it to the last second," Quin told the South African Broadcasting Corporation.Clegg's multi-racial bands during South Africa's white minority rule attracted an international following. He crafted hits inspired by Zulu and township harmonies, as well as folk music and other influences.South Africa's government said in a statement that "his music had the ability to unite people across the races .... Clegg has made an indelible mark in the music industry and the hearts of the people."FILE - Singer Johnny Clegg, right, perfoms with the Soweto Gospel Choir at Ellispark stadium in Johannesburg, Dec. 1, 2007.One of his best-known songs was "Asimbonanga," which means "We've never seen him" in Zulu. It refers to South Africans during apartheid when images of the then-imprisoned Mandela were banned. Mandela was released in 1990 after 27 years in prison and became South Africa's first black president in all-race elections four years later.Political opposition leader Mmusi Maimane said Clegg "wrote our SA story when our country was at its worst and at its best."The Grammy-winning Soweto Gospel Choir said it was "devastated" by Clegg's death and called him a "music icon and a true South African." Fellow musicians posted similar tributes on social media. 'Bringing people together'   Clegg learned about Zulu music and dancing as a teenager when he hung out with a Zulu cleaner and street musician called Charlie Mzila. He later explored his idea of "crossover" music with... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, South African Musician Johnny Clegg Dies at 66, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you South African Musician Johnny Clegg Dies at 66

 

 

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Published By: VOA NEWS - Tuesday, 16 July

 

 

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