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Johnny Clegg the first solo South African to perform at Royal Albert Hall

Times LIVE | 2013-02-08 13:10:03.0
Johnny Clegg

South African music legend Johnny Clegg will be performing a few shows in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg before heading to the UK, being the first solo South African act ever to perform at The Royal Albert Hall.

Following on his concert at the Durban Botanical Gardens last year, where Johnny Clegg broke all The Gardens’ attendance records, he will be performing with his band at The Playhouse Opera Theatre from March 13 to 16, 2013

Tickets range from R171 to R315 and are available from Computicket on 083 915 8000 / or Playhouse Company on 031 369 9555.

Clegg says: "It’s been ages since I gave a theatrical style performance in Durban and I am looking forward to bringing my theatre show  to audiences in eThekwini. The show traces the personal history of my involvement with the Zulu migrant labour community over the past 40 years.

“All of the cultural  and musical influences in my music are revealed  as well playing all the favourite hit songs that consolidated my career as a singer/songwriter. The show is also peppered with stories  and anecdotes describing events  and incidents  which shaped the content  and direction of the music."

Clegg is taking his highly acclaimed ‘A South African Story’ to the Royal Albert Hall on March 27.

This story covers Clegg’s life through his music, and is an inspiring and uplifting voyage.

Experience the thrill of music and dance with Clegg that links his music to the journey South Africa has taken over the past 30 years.

"The Royal Albert Hall is a very prestigious venue and the last time I played there, I was a support act for Steve Winwood in 1989.

It's with great excitement and anticipation that I look forward to headlining my own show in this venue some 23 years later."

Tickets from £30 to £60

Available at the Royal Albert Hall Box Office +44 20 7959 0552

On his return from London he will be performing on April 7 at The Kirstenbosch Gardens.  Gates open at 16h00. Tickets available from Webtickets.

For the third year running, Clegg will be returning to The Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City for two shows on April 12 and 13. Show times 9pm. Tickets from R161 to R263 and are available from Computicket on 083 915 8000.

On April 16, Clegg will be honoured by the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) with an Honorary Doctor of Music degree.

His musical career demonstrates pride in the African heritage and his role is pioneering in its mediation between pervasive power asymmetries imbued by modernity to Africa and South Africa in particular.

Through his musical talent, musical performances and anthropological research, articulated the dynamicity of both industrial and changing Zulu culture in the contemporary era. His pioneering scholarly research has delved into the most contentious issues of Zulu cultural adaption, including adaptive social performance practices and indigenous forms of conflict resolution.

Clegg – who campaigned against the injustices of apartheid and was instrumental in putting the new South Africa on the world map - has performed at all four of Nelson Mandela’s 46664 Aids Awareness Concerts in South Africa and Norway.

Clegg is a dancer, anthropologist, singer, songwriter, academic, activist and French knight. Whilst all of these tags are fitting, none of them can accurately describe the energetic, passionate human being who has become one of South Africa's greatest musical exports. He has campaigned against the injustice of apartheid South Africa and been instrumental in putting the new South Africa on the map as a cultural ambassador. Clegg is an icon of South African music.

During the three decades he's been making anthemic hits, Clegg has proved himself to be an outstanding musical ambassador for his country and is known for his energetic stage performances.

By combining African music structures with Celtic folk music and international rock sounds, Clegg has pioneered a new and unique sound, establishing himself as South Africa’s biggest musical export.

From Europe to the States, from Australia to Potchefstroom and London, audiences in sold out venues have danced to Cruel, Crazy Beautiful World, Scatterlings of Africa, I Call Your Name, Impi, Asimbonanga, Great Heart, and African Sky Blue.

On April 27, 2012, Freedom Day, Clegg was Awarded the Order of Ikhamanga for his excellent contribution to and achievement in the field of bridging African traditional music with other music forms, promoting racial understanding among racially divided groups in South Africa under difficult apartheid conditions, working for a non-racial society and being an outstanding spokesperson for the release of political prisoners.

National Orders are the highest awards that a country bestows, through the President of the Republic of South Africa, upon citizens and members of the international community who have contributed meaningfully towards making the country a free, democratic and successful nation, united in its diversity.

On June 10, 2012, Dartmouth College in USA, presented Clegg with an Honorary Doctorate. The Doctor of Humane Letters was presented to Johnny by Dartmouth’s President Jim Yong Kim who stated “Johnny, for the decades you spent bringing unity where there was division and preserving your country's heritage, Dartmouth is proud to award you the honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters.”

On April 5, 2011, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Law degree from CUNY (City University of NY).   The South African Consulate and many other dignitaries were in attendance at this event.


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