South African musician and apartheid critic white Zulu Jonny Clegg dies

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South African musician and apartheid critic white Zulu Jonny Clegg dies.

Johnny Clegg, best known as the “white Zulu”, was a British-born musician, who uniquely blended western and Zulu music. His best-known hit Asimbonanga, meaning “we have not seen him” which was released in 1987 was dedicated to Nelson Mandela.

Johnny CleggOne of South Africa’s most celebrated musicians and vocal critic of the apartheid government, Johnny Clegg, has died at the age of 66, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

At the time of its release, Mandela who later became South Africa’s first black president in 1994 was still in jail and considered a threat to the apartheid state. His death was released by his long-time music manager, Ronny Quinn.

Tributes have been pouring in for Clegg, including from the South African government. The government said: “He showed us what it was to assimilate to and embrace other cultures without losing your identity.”

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