Johnny Clegg heard Sipho Mchunu play … and they clicked

21 July 2019 - 00:00 By LEONIE WAGNER

To the world he was known as the White Zulu, but to Sipho Mchunu he was Madlebe. Together they started Juluka and toured the world. But when Johnny Clegg and Mchunu met in 1969 it was an unlikely friendship.

Mchunu had left his Zululand home to work as a gardener in Houghton, Johannesburg. He was just 17 years old and had heard about a white boy who wanted to learn how to play Zulu music. “I said I’d like to meet him because I’m a king of Zulu music, I wanted to make a competition with that guy,” he said...

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