12:00 (GMT+2), Fri, 23 January 2015| Comments
This weekend belongs to one of the greatest South African musicians of our time! It's Johnny Clegg weekend on OFM.
Johnny Clegg’s 2010 album ‘Human’ features a host of little people on its sleeve. Created by painter and sculptor Norman Catherine, the wolf-people, leopard people, flame people, fish people reflect both our character and diversity, as well as what brings us together. We’re all different yet we’re all human! Such is the message that permeates the songs written by the “White Zulu”.
Johnny Clegg is one of South Africa’s most celebrated sons and this weekend OFM is playing all of his hits! During the show you have a chance to win R1000 but you’ll have to tune in to hear the keyword you need to SMS to go into the draw. Tune in to hear which songs are dedicated to his son and a former president.
In 1969, Clegg formed the first prominent racially mixed South African band, Juluka. The music was both implicitly and explicitly political. Later Savuka (Clegg’s second band after Juluka disbanded) released ‘Third World Child’ in 1987, with songs like "Asimbonanga" ("We haven't seen him"), which called for the release of Nelson Mandela, and which called out the names of three representative martyrs of the South African liberation struggle – Steve Biko, Victoria Mxenge, and Neil Aggett.
In 1999 Nelson Mandela joined Clegg and Savuka, on stage during a concert in France while performing Asimbonanga.
Sources: johnnyclegg.com, caramba.fr & Wikipedia.