Remembering late music icon Johnny Clegg: 1 year since passing

Remembering late music icon Johnny Clegg: 1 year since passing

- Johnny Clegg passed away last year on 16 July and the world has never forgotten him

- Friends, fans and family took to social media to pay tribute to the legendary artist and to keep his memory alive

- His son Jesse Clegg and cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro were among a few who took to Twitter to share kind words about the muso

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Jonathan Paul Clegg was a South African musician and anthropologist. Clegg was an important figure in South African popular music and one of the most prominent white figures in the resistance to apartheid.

His songs mixed English with Zulu lyrics and also combined idioms of traditional African music with those of modern Western styles.

The White Zulu, as he was sometimes called, died at the age of 66 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Remembering late music icon Johnny Clegg: 1 year since passing

Johnny Clegg was an instrumental voice in calling for an end to apartheid. Image: Flickr
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His son, Jesse Clegg, took to social media to commemorate the anniversary of his father's passing. He posted a picture with his father in happier times along with the caption:

"Today marks one year since you left us. I think of you and miss you every day. Love you always dad."

Social media users had words of comfort for the young man. Twitter user Mbalifab89 said:

"May his soul rest in eternal peace."

Moneymike75 said:

"Your dad was and is a national treasure. The Crossing makes this grown man cry every time guaranteed."

djdibash said:

"There is his one song that still makes me cry even today, 'The Crossing' ('Osiyeza'). He was a great man."


"We cried a lot of tears this day... We will remember him through his music."

Famous cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro aka Zapiro also paid tribute by re-posting a cartoon he drew when Clegg pasted away.

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In similar news, Zindzi Mandela is being laid to rest on Friday in a small, private ceremony with close family members and political figures. Covid-19 regulations have made the burial a quiet affair at the Fourways Memorial Park in Johannesburg.

The former Ambassador to Denmark will be buried next to her mother Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. had reported that Zindzi's family had confirmed the politician had tested positive for Covid-19 shortly before her passing.

Going public with this information is a move that has earned the family praise from President Cyril Ramaphosa:

“Just yesterday we received the news that Zindzi too had tested positive for the virus. I would like to thank the Mandela family for the very important gesture of sharing this information with the nation."

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