ONE of South Africa’s best-loved musicians will delight his Nelson Mandela Bay fans with unplugged performances for two nights next month. Johnny Clegg, after sold-out concerts in the United States and Canada, will be at the Port Elizabeth Opera House on May 23 and May 24. It will be one of his best live and unplugged tours in the Eastern Cape, according to his tour manager Jeanette Odgers.
His first stop will be at Hemingway’s Mall in East London on May 21.
Clegg is one of South Africa’s most celebrated musicians.
He is a singer, a songwriter, a dancer, anthropologist and a musical activist.
His music is a vibrant blend of Western pop and African Zulu rhythms which exploded onto the international scene in the 1980s.
His Port Elizabeth shows promise to be intimate ones, with storytelling mixed in with the performances.
Clegg will talk about the events in his life and the political history of South Africa and the world. Odgers said, “It will be his personal journey that is uplifting, moving and also humorous at times.”
The tour has been made possible by Algoa FM.
Algoa FM operations director Alfie Jay said, “Johnny Clegg is so much more than just a great musician. He is an admired South African icon. His music remained popular with our ever-changing audience who like him, have evolved in this cruel, crazy, beautiful world.”
With more than seven million albums sold worldwide, Clegg has wowed audiences through his live performances, including appearances with former South African president Nelson Mandela.
Clegg has won a number of national and international awards for both his music and outspoken views about apartheid.
In 2012 Clegg received the Order of Ikhamanga in silver as part of the national orders ceremony.
Tickets for his shows are available at Computicket for R237. – Yoliswa Sobuwa