Johnny Clegg Biography: Age, Songs, Career & Death


Johnny Clegg whose real name is Jonathan Clegg was a South African musician and anthropologist born on 7th June 1953 in Bacup, Lancashire, England.

His father was English while his mother was a jazz singer from Zimbabwe (then Southern Rhodesia). Clegg’s parents divorced when he was still a baby, and he moved with his mother to Rhodesia and then, at the age of 6, to South Africa.

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Johnny Clegg Age

He was born on the 7th of June 1953 in Bacup, Lancashire, England. As of 2019, he was 66 years old.

Johnny Clegg Death

He had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015 and died on 16 July 2019.

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Johnny Clegg Songs

  1. Great Heart
  2. The Crossing
  3. I Call Your Name
  4. Impi
  5. One Man One Vote
  6. Jongosi
  7. Siyayilanda
  8. Asimbonanga
  9. African Sky Blue
  10. December African Rain
  11. Asilazi
  12. Utshani Obulele
  13. Thamela – Die Son Trek Water
  14. Give Me the Wonder
  15. Heart of the Dancer
  16. Daughter Of Eden
  17. Giyani
  18. African Shadow Man
  19. I Know That Sound
  20. Makhabeleni
  21. Ibhola Lethu
  22. Woza Friday
  23. Faut Pas Baisser Les Bras
  24. Rolling Ocean
  25. Deliwe
  26. Kilimanjaro
  27. Bullets for Bafazana
  28. Love In The Time Of Gaza
  29. All I Got Is You
  30. The World Is Calling
  31. Your Time Will Come
  32. Umfazi Omdala
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Johnny Clegg Awards

1991: He was awarded the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres (Knight of Arts and Letters) by the French Government

2004: He was voted 23rd in the SABC3’s Great South Africans.

2012: He received the South African Presidential Ikhamanga award as part of the National Orders ceremony.

2015: He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.

Johnny Clegg Honors

2007: He received an honorary doctorate in music from the University of the Witwatersrand.

2011: Clegg received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from City University of New York School of Law

2012: Clegg received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, USA.

2013: He received an honorary Doctorate in Music from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Johnny Clegg News

Johnny Clegg, South African singer and activist, dies aged 66


The South African singer and songwriter Johnny Clegg, one of the few white artists to openly confront the apartheid government in the late 1970s and 1980s, has died aged 66, his agent has said.

He had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015.

The Grammy-nominated singer, sometimes called the “White Zulu”, died peacefully at home in Johannesburg on Tuesday with his family, according to Clegg’s manager, Roddy Quin.

“Johnny leaves deep footprints in the hearts of every person that considers himself or herself to be an African,” Quinn told AFP.

South Africa’s government paid tribute to Clegg’s achievements on Twitter, saying his music could “unite people across the races and bring them together as a community”.

“Clegg has made an indelible mark in the music industry and the hearts of the people,” they said.

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