Icons of South African music: Johnny Clegg & Miriam Makeba - Django @ Camelot
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To say South Africa has a rich heritage of music is somewhat an understatement of a country that has a long history of producing a whole host of countless international icons such as Mahotela Queens, Hugh Masekela, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Stimela, Soul Brother, Soweto Gospel Choir, just to name a few. In recent times many of us, all across the world have been left broken hearted at the passing of one such legend and true ambassador of township jive and kwela music straight from the streets of Soweto. Johnny Clegg, a much celebrated pioneer and an unparalleled exponent of South African rhythms sadly passed away on 16 July 2019 after a long illness. He has left the world a priceless gift of his music well documented on his recordings. Back in the days Johnny Clegg teamed up with the amazing Sipho Mchunu and they were famously known as Juluka, a duo that was a massive hit and in demand internationally, touring and giving the world something totally out this world. Juluka was the first group in the South African apartheid era with a white man and a black man equally at the front, as a duo. The group put out a number of international hits such as Woza Friday, Scatterlings of Africa, Kilimanjaro and more. After the retirement of Sipho Mchunu a new chapter began, as Johnny Clegg put together a new group Savuka. More hits were to follow from Mr Clegg and his new group which saw him continue to tour the world much powerful than ever. The dance moves were just as mesmerising as he did with Sipho Mchunu.
Long before the legendary Johnny Clegg made his presence felt in the music scene internationally the township jive and kwela (umbaqanga) music of South Africa was already well known, celebrated, danced to and sung along to across all the four corners of the globe. It is the true heroes of the music from that part of the continent who paved the way for superstars like Clegg and many others ahead of their time. Among those heroes was none other than Miriam Makeba, the mother of African Music, better known to her fans as Mama Makeba. She passed away on 9 November 2008 leaving a musical vacuum that only she could fill. Mama Makeba put the music of South Africa on the international map in defiance of the oppressive apartheid system during the 50s, much against all odds. She was a prominent exiled opponent of apartheid since the South African authorities revoked her passport in 1960 and refused to allow her to return to her home from a tour of USA. She took the music out of the country and used it not only to entertain but as a powerful weapon against the racial segregation in her home country of South Africa while she was in exile. The uniqueness and that irresistible exotic voice, melodies and rhythms quickly propelled her to an international superstar at a very young age and she never looked back. Her tunes continue to be sung the all across the world, covered by a variety of artists, featured in movies and musicals. Some of her timeless tunes include The Click Song, Amampondo, Malaika, Pata Pata Imbube. Her earlier works from the 50s included teaming up with the Manhattan Brothers and then her own female group, the Skylarks — through her last studio recording, Reflections in 2004, and her continuing concert performances.
The Chris Gudu Band, featuring Michael Coggins, Andy Morris, Tim Bradley and more return to The Django Bar, with special guests Khaliphani and Tarisai Vushe to pay tribute to Johnny Clegg and Miriam Makeba. Providing the backing vocals will be a trio of Ngaire, Thandi and Nazra. The show will be jam packed with the irresistible umbaqanga / township jive music and lots of Dancing as we celebrate the two legends and appreciate the legacy of their music.
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