Legend Johnny Clegg Dies Age 66

Legend Johnny Clegg Dies Age 66 Photo Credit: Tarryne Rautenbach

Legend Johnny Clegg Dies Age 66

By / Off The Press / Tuesday, 16 July 2019 20:04

It is with a deep sense of loss and regret, that Underground Press has learned of the untimely passing of South African music legend, Johnny Clegg, OBE OIS.

Hailed worldwide by millions of fans and critics alike as a trailblazing pioneer in contemporary music, Johnny`s unique and magical fusion of Zulu rhythms and melodies with folk, pop and African influences made him a household name globally for over four decades.  He will be remembered not only for his irrepressibly infectious music but for his gentle spirit, humbleness and deep love for his country and all its people. 

Diagnosed with Clegg was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015 and succumbed to his illness on the 16th July 2019 at his family home, Johannesburg, South Africa and is survived by his wife of 31 years, Jenny, and their sons Jesse and Jaron.

Johnny Clegg was one of South Africa’s most celebrated musicians. He will long be remembered as an artist who brought, African Zulu rhythms and Western pop culture, who exploded onto the international scene and contributed immensely towards social cohesion in the young South African democracy.

The Grammy-nominated artist and honoree of several doctorates and orders including the Order of Ikhamanga hits include 'Impi', 'Great Heart' and 'African Sky Blue'.





Frederic Egersdorfer

Frederic Egersdorfer


Frederic Egersdorfer is the founder and owner of UNDERGROUND PRESS. He has taken on the role of senior Captain & Chief taking on the responsibilities of making sure that UNDERGROUND PRESS is a well-oiled machine. You can follow him on Twitter @F_Egersdorfer and at Instagram @f_egersdorfer

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