South African music legend Johnny Clegg died on Tuesday 16 July, at the age of 66.
Clegg, who was a singer-songwriter, dancer and anthropologist, was praised by a number of local and international people for his contribution to music and society. He was known for crossing the racial divide in a time when the country was battling apartheid.
Clegg was born on 7 June 1953 in Bacup, Lancashire, in England and moved to Johannesburg, South Africa, with his mother when he was six years old.
His involvement with black musicians often saw him arrested during apartheid. At the age of 17, together with Sipho Mchunu, he formed a band called Juluka.
Clegg also recorded several solo albums and enjoyed international success, selling out concerts wherever he performed.
WATCH: the video for a popular song Scatterlings Of Africa
WATCH: Another very popular song of his Great-heart which was released as Johnny Clegg and Savuka
Johnny, 66, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015. He had launched a series of farewell tours in 2018, appearing on stage with a variety of artists, including his son Jessie Clegg.
After his passing South Africans took to social media to pay homage to the legendary musician’s huge influence on music and social cohesion in the country.