It’s been a long time since one of South Africa’s most loved musicians Johnny Clegg has played in the Eastern Cape, but that is set to change next weekend when Clegg plays at the Boardwalk in Port Elizabeth.
He will be joined on stage by his six piece band and fans can expect to hear some of his greatest hits such as Asimbonanga, Cruel, Crazy Beautiful World, Scatterlings of Africa, Impi, Great Heart, as well as a couple of songs from his new album “Human”.
In December 2000, Clegg played to a live audience on the Main Beach in Jeffreys Bay, in a concert organised by Jeffreys Bay Tourism.
“We had a jol that night in Jeffreys Bay, especially as we had sponsors who paid for the gig and it was a free concert for the people of JBay”, said Johnny in an interview with JBaynews.com.
“I am still touring all around the world and play between 60 – 70 concerts a year and have got to the stage in life when I enjoy being at home, in my garden and reading books and poetry.
When a man is young, he wants to get out into the world but as one gets older, you want to get into the world inside you, as you carry that within you wherever you go” added Clegg.
Travelling around the globe to play to legions of fans on virtually every continent, Clegg knows exactly where he wants to live: Johannesburg. “I’m simply not defined by Paris, London or Sydney. I’m always an outsider when I travel”.
Apart from music, Clegg has a strong passion towards the environment.
“I am a shareholder in a waste management company called New Earth Waste Solutions. We recycle electronic waste as well paper, cardboard, plastics and hazardous waste. Europe generates more than 500 million tons of e-waste every year. If South Africa picked up just 5 % of it, we could create 10 000 jobs.”
Over three decades, Johnny Clegg has sold more than five million albums of his brand of crossover music worldwide.
He has wowed audiences with his energetic live shows and won a number of national and international awards for his music and for his outspoken views on apartheid, his perspectives on migrant workers in South Africa and the general situation in the world today.
Johnny Clegg’s history is as bold, colourful and dashing as the rainbow country itself.
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Tickets cost R 161 for the gig, which starts at 16:30 pm (gates open 14:00 pm) and are available at Computicket
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