Johnny Clegg Bio: He was a South African musician and anthropologist, Best known as Johnny Clegg; Le Zoulou Blanc.
He has recorded and performed with his bands Juluka and Savuka, and more recently as a solo act, occasionally reuniting with his earlier band partners.
|Full Name||Jonathan Clegg OBE OIS|
|Birth Date||7 June 1953|
|Birth Place||Bacup, United Kingdom|
|Died||16 July 2019|
|Net Worth||Update Soon|
Johnny Clegg Biography
Jonathan Clegg OBE OIS was born on 7 June 1953 and died on 16 July 2019. He has died at the age of 66.
He was born to an English father and a Rhodesian mother. His mother’s family were Jewish immigrants from Poland, and Clegg had a secular Jewish upbringing, learning about the Ten Commandments but refusing to have a bar mitzvah or even associate with other Jewish children at school.
Clegg’s parents divorced when he was still an infant, and he moved with his mother to Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and then, at the age of 6, to South Africa, also spending less than a year in Israel during childhood.
He encountered the demi-monde of the city’s Zulu migrant workers’ music and dance. Under the tutelage of Charlie Mzila, a flat cleaner by day and musician by night.
Clegg mastered both the Zulu language and the maskandi guitar and isishameni dance styles of the migrants.
Clegg pursued an academic career for four years, lecturing at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and the University of Natal, and writing several seminal scholarly papers on Zulu music and dance.
In the early stages of his musical career, Clegg combined his music with the study of anthropology at Wits, where he was influenced, among others, by the work of David Webster, a social anthropologist who was later assassinated in 1989.
He preceded each song with snippets of Zulu culture, information, commentary, humor and personal anecdotes relevant and unique to that song. An engaged social anthropologist, he not only mastered the theories but delved into the culture and disseminated it.
Johnny Clegg Wife, Children, Personal Life
Johnny Clegg married to Jenny Clegg in 1988.
Clegg’s son Jesse Clegg is also a recording artist. Displaying a style markedly different from that of his father, in 2008 he released his debut album When I Wake Up.
As a rock musician, the younger Clegg has quickly built up a following, with the album being nominated for two South African Music Awards.
Death and Cause
Clegg was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015. Clegg died in his Johannesburg home on 16 July 2019 at the age of 66.
What a Blow! Johnny Clegg "umZulu omhlope" has passed away! To call you just a musician would be to fail you. You embraced maskandi music & Zulu culture like it was your very own, at a time when it was unpopular! Thank you for the Music. Rest In Peace.. 💔💔! #RIPJohnnyClegg pic.twitter.com/C4LkJoSz1K
— Khanyi Magubane (@Khanyi_Magubane) July 16, 2019
BREAKING: Award winning singer, Johnny Clegg has died in his Johannesburg home. pic.twitter.com/BZ3jYhxWXH
— SABC News (@SABCNews) July 16, 2019