Musician Johnny Clegg laid to rest in a private funeral service

Musician Johnny Clegg laid to rest in a private funeral service



Roenick musician and activist Johnny Clegg has been laid to rest in a private funeral service Claire died at his Johannesburg home yesterday after battling pancreatic cancer he was diagnosed in 2015 the grammy-nominated singer songwriter said goodbye to his fans in a series of international and local tours ending last year Clegg was fondly known as the white a Zulu for his command of the language and food dancing which you learnt at minors hostels in Johannesburg is in excellent of african zulu rhythms and western pop cemented Claridon as a symbol of change in the 1970s and 1980s one in his long time a friend and a musical partner see Pompano has also paid his tribute the pair first performed together under the name Johnny and Seaport then I founded the band of jalloo Chi in 1979 in the darkest days of apartheid I would say my mind is of Pete my heart is of it have lost not even friends is more than my brother in modern difference everything bonded by music that crossed the color line this is the story whoa we started we get together with very very young from 1969 from where we've grown up as a young kid walking in the street politic was very big they didn't allow us to walk in the street everything was very tough for us but we managed to talk away from the politic I was from Devon I was working in Devon for two years 1969 I come up to to inspect look for it work I found a job as a as a gardener in housing in the private house so from there it was a friend of mine his name was cauchy-riemann zina so he invited me to come up with one where he would try to help me to find a job so when I get to to inspect he told me about the a young white men white boys trying to learn through so I was walking in the street with my day off so I passed to his house which I didn't know that is living there in yoga so he was coming from the school is just reserved for not just hear the whistle feel feel feel a chant but he pointed at me said wait there except me Satya I said okay I'll wait when they come to me it's piccola quickly to panadol or not proper suit but was Panigale so this almost mean so 1 + 4 + 8 he ever said where you coming from at North I'm coming from Gabon and Angelou said oh you're Julia I said yes sorry odd Misenum and so he said you know I love what are you playing can I invite you inside to my house to introduce you to my mother I start to confuse a world oh what a problem so Johnny asked me to play it addictive utopia – Talia so I start reg play two songs every now and then I bought the tape recorder and then it helped me wish I didn't know nothing about the table for enough and the first song we recorded the second song be required and any play fact to mess at whoa I'm going before the travelers here what is this is that knowledge the tape recorder set what the tape recorder is it now that it can't explain to me how that thing work and so-and-so has like no no no Alecto blocks inside why my voice is death he said not because I recorded another set look please let me go he says no please man you can you know if me not now Holly play Somerset no let me go I was very close very very good I just woke up and the militia share many doesn't understand we traveled go overseas it was very surprised to us I can say that was a gift for Mama Rose they perform with God but that was just gave back because actually in the way we meet we meet in a street which has happened we met in the street so actually I would say what make us get very tight together respect will expectational a very long when very well very very well the good things to win the same age we called my Devon II chloride when he was a small it was a was very big very big like a rapper it's when we you know we tease him will always say they were rumored ever with dinosaur many song in a very good way and they up in CI said the air Friday was a Friday was a bigger hit for me all the time when the weekend when is not going to the food we used to go to the pub and Yeovil is a pub there we used to go there find the people that they selling that day I call him Baba scorpion so we'll then – because I've been making money he said no we need money – so we learn how to they do that thing we start to do it ourselves so we said to the people so one day was a man is an MMU kids the form of necromancy so he know as all the time he comes to buy that thing to another people so now we find out that we can make our own they come to us so he buy it and then he said before I drink that you guys have to sleep at first but you only look at me I look at Jonah said no we have to do it because we give it to them that you can also while we country just do it so we drink the stuff we end up in get drunk a penis it's Oprah I don't believe what happened I don't give what happened to him because he told me that is getting sick slowly slowly sir but Isetta is a strong man you ain't managed to get away from that secret but anyway just happened so someone who encountered Johnny Clegg in his younger years was advocate Mahoney mafia who has written an opinion piece on the influence Clegg had on ordinary people and advocate you often in the media you speak on behalf of the siu governance officer there but you speaking in your ordinary capacity tonight so tell me how did you make Johnny cake good evening I I met Janet back when I was a research technician for professor Kenan advanced University he was an anthropologist but you were interested in anthropology to start off with no I the professor Kenan needed a research technician will go to the rural areas and do research on the effects of drought especially in the Denver potahto Anna akka and David Webster who we knew each other because of our common political interest that introduced me to professor Kenan that's how I then got to meet Johnny Clegg because David Webster was as you know an anthropologist enginetech was old and then through Allen anthropologist lectured by the late dr. David Webster and subsequently you also joined the very same department so now and then with on each other with Johnny Clegg at in dr. Webster's as office they and we interacted you know you know often because we were generally in that space would talk about matters of general interests you know he would talk about my activism you know so way to you know as you know I was in the class of 76 and he'd also tell me about his own background and what really fascinated me most was that I mean he spoke Zulu fluently and I could see you know a white Zulu in him because we in spoke more about he we need to go to Faraday you know you know there's a area there in Faraday where the use the tens every weekend they and said no we might also take me to 2jp hostel and that fascinated me I declined the invite to go to the GP husband hasta ionized because you know over and above working at adverts you know I was also doing you know my political underground work in the rural areas of Northwest and David Webster was also of influence in that way because he also collected a lot of material which we had as I was do my research day I also had to distribute some of this material so I said give me your impression of Johnny Clegg so you met him as an academic did you know then how big he would become as a musician and I think you're very humble in your tribute and you say you don't know him well even though you interacted with him along you him through his music well back then you know especially and remain academics in the social sector you know social sciences so to speak we're so casual you you wouldn't see an anthropologist in jannat wreck because you'd come sometimes wearing you know the Zulu sandals you know he was very casual and I generally for so even that time that there's no reason which this man would lecture for a very long time because he was more all the time trying to pull me to go and see GP hasta and and the music and the music you know and you know then I I left this you know a party's music which assisted a lot of us that time who you know also operating in the underground structures internally and all sorts of things because you would listen to his music was you're going to do your own operations and so I got to be very close to him in fact through his music more than at the time when we were in that space at advance and you know when when when he passed on it really touched me and I realized how close I was to him you know when I heard about his untimely death and I just felt that no I can now say I know John you Janet like to because I play his music so often yes we will get to the music but very quickly when you interacted with him we heard from a from from somebody had followed him four years earlier that there's something special about him was he was interested in humans it was interested in other people their stories did you feel that from him a genuine interest yeah generally than him wanting to get information for academic purposes Janacek wanted to know more about different cultures I mean the Zulu culture you know where you know your vendor I am vendor you know and then there's a very difficult language to even to speak or understand I mean he was also saying no it's high time that you go to no vendor a you know one or two ways out teach but also telling that it weathers a very difficult language to learn but I I honestly felt that Janet like felt more comfortable in the company of black people than his own because half the time you'd be telling me on a Monday that he spent the whole weekend you know in Faraday or in a teepee austell and I yeah I I just saw a human being who didn't see any color yeah a human being who was keenly interested in seeing South Africans living together by the way we're talking about the era when apartheid was almost at its peak at that time you know and for him how he used to sneak into GP hostel I do not understand but and he was family to them I you know I think he felt more protected you know in G because they're living in for a day something which I wouldn't do you know for reasons I explained in my opinion that in 1976 there was some animosity between students and and the male hostel yes you know and yeah and then I think the architecture of which was the apartheid government because you know when when 1976 uprising took off for some reason a hostel residence what Patel against us because it was like no we're terrorists as kids I'm fascinated by that but we're running out of time and I was interested that you said even when you were going on operations a whole bunch of you would listen to his music yes so was Johnny Clegg respected by anti-apartheid activist was his music his message respected Janet luck was an active anti-apartheid white activist and so it was not really a question of him trying to endear himself but through his music and basically how he lived his life for anyone who ventured to live with you know people in the hostel I mean that's the lowest art if if I may say so that anyone can want to do so journey track was really different and I was not surprised when when he sang as an wananga o Madiba lastly look older Madiba asked for for foreign income if you know if you understand what encode means you know encode is when if you play a good song you know you see well then you asked the audience will say we want to repeat and my develop go to the stage asked as Janet like to sing and I'm sure now that they'll be there together already dancing yeah we've got those clips and that was beautiful that that moment or no thank you so much a great memories advocate muflotti more fair who knew our Johnny Clegg in the early days when he was lecturing efforts

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