Johnny Clegg

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Johnny Clegg
Born 7 June 1953
Bacup, Lancashire
Died 16 July 2019 (aged 66)
Johannesburg, Gauteng
South Africa
Cause of death Pancreatic Cancer
  • Musician
  • Dancer
  • Composer
  • Anthropologist
Children Jessie Clegg
Musical career
Associated acts
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Johnny Clegg, OBE, OIS (born Jonathan Paul Clegg 7 June 1953 – 16 July 2019) was a South African musician, dancer, composer and anthropologist perhaps best known for his great command of the Zulu which greatly influenced his music. He was one of Juluka alongside Sipho Mchunu; it was the first band in apartheid South Africa to consist of a white man and a black man. Johnny Clegg later formed Savuka and went to record four albums from 1986 to 1994 before disbanding.


Johnny Clegg died of pancreatic cancer on 16 July 2019 at his family home in Johannesburg aged 66 years old.

"It is with immense sadness that we confirm that Jonathan (Johnny) Clegg, OBE, OIS, succumbed to pancreatic cancer at the age of 66 on the afternoon of 16 July 2019 at his family home in Johannesburg, South Africa," family spokesperson Roddy Quinn shared the news in a statement.

Johnny Clegg was buried the following day, Wednesday 17 July 2019, in a private ceremony attended by family and some of his colleagues at Westpark Cemetery in Johannesburg.

"Johnny was buried yesterday (Wednesday) at 16h30, just with his family and some of the band members, it was a very private affair which is what the family requested and it was also Johnny’s request," Roddy Quin said.


  1. EWN, SA music legend Johnny Clegg dies, 05 August 2019
  2. Discogs, Johnny Clegg, 05 August 2019
  3. eNCA, Johnny Clegg laid to rest in private funeral, 05 August 2019

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