If you were born on the African continent you are a scatterling of Africa, You know about the dust, the smells, the sun and the heartbeat of Africa settles in you, but the most iconic scatterling of Africa undoubtedly is the legendary White Zulu.
Johnny Clegg was born in Lancashire, England and moved via Zimbabwe to South Africa with his family. This is where he came in contact with township life and the heartbeat of African music. This was in the apartheid era and he was arrested several times due to his involvement with Black musicians. However, Johnny Clegg stayed true to the music that he loved, mixing pop music with strong Zulu influences and pursued a successful career locally and overseas. His voice is unmissable in the band recordings of Juluka and Suvuka. From 1993 onwards Johnny pursued a successful solo career and featured with his son Jesse Clegg on several occasions.
I don’t know about you, but Scatterlings of Africa always inspires me to travel and discover. Sit back, turn up the volume and dream of destinations in Africa that you want to discover.
Johnny was an anthropologist, awarded with several honorary doctorate degrees, and a French Knight. He also became a member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
The White Zulu passed away at the age of 66 on 16 July 2019 after losing the battle against pancreatic cancer. Your voice will be missed in Africa!