Johnny Clegg and his woah-hums: a life-giving soundtrack for SA youth

Heartfelt tribute to an extraordinary South African who dreamt of a better future

21 July 2019 - 00:00 By TYMON SMITH

As the radio plays Johnny Clegg’s music on heavy rotation this week after the singer’s death, there’s not much I can do to avoid being transported back to the world inhabited by my seven-year-old self in 1988.

I am dressed in only a pair of shorts, unashamedly flinging my arms and legs around our lounge in Broederstroom blasting Scatterlings of Africa, in my best imitation of the singer’s signature dance moves. I mistakenly believe I’m on the road to Pelindaba (the nuclear facility a few kilometres down the road) “where the world began”...

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