SA's 'White Zulu' Johnny Clegg gets traditional 'crossover' ceremony

SA's 'White Zulu' Johnny Clegg gets traditional 'crossover' ceremony

- Johnny Clegg, South Africa's famous 'White Zulu', has been given a traditional Zulu ceremony

- He has lived his life immersed in the Zulu culture and has been embraced by the nation as one of their own

- During the crossover the ceremony, Johnny's sons handed over his favourite fighting stick to former music partner, Sipho Mchunu

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Johnny Clegg has been seen as South Africa's 'White Zulu' and admired for the way he loved Zulu culture and music.

He worked with black musicians during apartheid and this was heavily frowned-upon.

Johnny loved everything about traditional music and was known for his songs and music which were inspiring and beautiful.

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He passed away in July 2019 at the age of 66 after fighting a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

The country mourned his death in unity, remembering a man that will be remembered as a legend in the music industry.

Johnny's family had decided to give him the traditional burial ceremony that is meant to help him 'cross over'.

A video of the ceremony was shared on YouTube, which shows Johnny's family and Zulu's taking part in the ritual.

His sons, Jesse and Jason, were very involved and they handed over Johnny's favourite fighting stick to Sipho Mchunu. Sipho was Johnny's close friend and partner in music.

The video also shows those who were part of the ceremony singing and remembering Johnny. It was a beautiful gesture.

Briefly.co.za reported that Johnny was laid to rest on 17 July.

His manager, Roddy Quin, said the funeral was held in Johannesburg and attended by a small gathering of people.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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