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Legendary artist Johnny Clegg dies

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Clegg, one of South Africa's most celebrated sons, died at the age of 66 on Tuesday afternoon.

Johnny Clegg

The legendary South African singer, Johnny Clegg, has died at the age of 66 on Tuesday afternoon.

He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015.

In 2017, Clegg, who was born in Britain but grew up in South Africa, announced that he would do one last tour before he retired.

Clegg was one of South Africa’s most celebrated sons. He was a singer, a songwriter, a dancer, anthropologist and a musical activist whose infectious crossover music, a vibrant blend of Western pop and African Zulu rhythms, 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.

Clegg received the Order of Ikhamanga as part of the National Orders ceremony in 2012. The award was presented by President Jacob Zuma.


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