Nelson Mandela, Johnny Clegg, apartheid

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With all the tributes for Mandela circulating, it’s reminding me that I had my own anti-apartheid connection.

In 1982/1983, I started representing Juluka, a multi-racial band from South Africa.  During apartheid, being a multi-racial band in South Africa was dangerous.  Johnny Clegg and Sipho Mchunu started the band in 1969, and in the beginning, they had to perform in the streets and in unofficial venues because they were a multi-racial band.  The band’s lyrics and actions got them in trouble; Clegg was arrested and beaten up by police several times. Representing Juluka was my own personal battle with the cultural and political struggle of apartheid.

After Juluka disbanded, Clegg formed another band, Savuka.  Clegg’s “Asimbonanga” was one of the most popular anti-apartheid anthems, which in English means “We haven’t seen him.”  Clegg obviously had a strong connnection with Nelson Mandela, as you can see in the linked video.

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by romasha on December 12, 2013 at 2:54 am

    Very good Brad you have a treasure trove! Romasha

    Reply

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