Johnny Clegg final show
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Johnny Clegg has booked his final show on his official last tour and Zimbabwe will serve as it’s magical backdrop.

 

After over a decade, Johnny Clegg will finally return to the country he loves so much to perform for the people. The legendary muso is returning to Zimbabwe, the country where he spent seven years of his youth, for one concert only.

The shiniest new music agency in SA – We Are Live founded by Craig Bright and Wayne Boardman have convinced the legendary singer to play one more song, in the country he loves so much.

Johnny was born in the UK but was raised in South Africa. He took an interest in African culture. Johnny started playing Zulu street music and performing in traditional Zulu dance competitions. He was arrested at the age of 15 for violating apartheid-era laws in South Africa and started his first band at age 17 with Sipho Mchunu.

“Sometimes called Le Zoulou Blanc (“The White Zulu”), he is an important figure in South African popular music history, with songs that mix Zulu with English lyrics and African with various Western music styles.”

Over the years he has spoken out against inequality and human rights violations. He has received some of the most prestigious awards including the South African Presidential Ikhamanga award as part of the National Orders ceremony. This award is the highest honour a citizen can receive in South Africa.

And over three decades, Johnny Clegg has sold over five million albums of his brand of crossover music worldwide. He has wowed vast audiences with his audacious live shows and won a number of national and international awards for his music and for his outspoken views on apartheid, his perspectives on migrant workers in South Africa and the general situation in the world today. Johnny Clegg’s history is as bold, colourful and dashing as the rainbow country which he has called home for more than 40 years.

This will be a historic and unforgettable concert not to be missed!

“This will be my final set of public performances for my fans in SA and around the world. I am immensely excited to be able to bring to them an autobiographical‚ audiovisual and intimate account of my life through my music and The Dance‚”

Clegg started his global farewell tour with a concert in Cape Town on the 7 July 2017 before playing other South Africa venues and then on to London, France, Dubai, the United States and Canada.

The 64-year-old, who is famed for his multi-ethnic collaborations, told AFP that the decision to bring down the curtain on live performing came after he was diagnosed with cancer in 2015.

“It has been a rewarding career in so many aspects… to be able to unite people through song, especially at a time where it seemed impossible,” he said.

“I want to give my fans some kind of conclusion… (showing) that the journey I started when I was 14-years-old is coming to an end now.

“My shows are very physical, a lot of dancing, and I have to be strong to do that.”

Clegg’s cancer is in remission after he underwent chemotherapy.

“I would like to present a final farewell while I am still capable of doing it,” he added during an interview in Johannesburg.

Clegg said that the “Final Journey Tour” would be an autobiographical trip through his musical career since he was a boy.

His haunting refrain Impi (meaning “Zulu warriors” or “War”) regularly echoes within any South African Rugby stadium which, together with his song Great Heart from the movie Jock of The Bushveld, The Crossing a moving tribute to his dancing partner Dudu Ndlovu and Asimbonanga which has achieved anthem status with crowds in his home country and internationally.

Along with these Concert-goers can look forward to notable hits such as I Call Your Name, Scatterlings of Africa, African Sky Blue, Kilimanjaro and many more.

He will perform the concert in the country as part of his Final Journey World Tour:

Harare Final Journey Concert
Venue: RainTree, Umwinsidale, Harare
Date: 4 May 2018
Times: 5pm – 11pm

Join us for a night of anthems, incredible music and a historic send off for one of Africa’s most loved musicians.

To buy tickets to the Harare concert visit: http://bit.ly/JohnnyCleggZIM

General Tickets: $35
VIP* Tickets: $75
Children’s Ticket (7 – 12): $20
*Ticket includes VIP parking, VIP entrance, VIP viewing deck some seating, private bar and toilets.
** Children 6 and under are free.


Sources: SPAR
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