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Johnny Clegg Biography 1953 – 2019


Jonathan Paul Clegg, OBE, OIS was a South African musician, singer-songwriter, dancer, anthropologist and anti-apartheid activist, some of whose work was in musicology focused on the music of indigenous South African peoples.

His band Juluka began as a duo with Sipho Mchunu and was the first group in the South African apartheid-era with a white man and a black man.

Johnny Clegg

BORN: 7 June 1953

HOME TOWN: Bacup, Lancashire, England

PARENT: Nonqaphi Nosekeni (mother) and Nkosi Mphakanyiswa Gadla Mandela (father)

SPOUSE: Graça Machel (m. 1998 – 2013), Winnie Mandela (m. 1958 – Div. 1996), Evelyn Mase (m. 1944 – Div. 1958)

DIED: 16 July 2019 (aged 66)

PLACE OF DEATH: Johannesburg, South Africa

RESTING PLACE: Mandela Graveyard, Qunu, Eastern Cape

CHILDREN: 7, including Makgatho, Makaziwe, Zenani, Zindziswa and Josina (step-daughter)

OCCUPATION: Musician, Singer-Songwriter-Dance Anthropologist (profession) Anti-Apartheid Activist

NICKNAME(S): The White Zulu

AWARDS: Order of Ikhamanga…

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