RIP Johnny Clegg: Spirit of the Great Heart

It is with a sense of deep loss and regret that Hot 91.9FM has learned of the untimely passing of South African music legend, Johnny Clegg O.B.E.

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.

Hot 91.9FM Managing Director Lloyd Madurai said “We join the nation in bowing our heads in respect to this true son of South Africa. Johnny`s music has, and always be, part of the soundtrack to every South African`s life for decades to come – phumula ngokuthula umfowethu (rest in peace brother). Our heartfelt condolences also go out to his family at this unimaginably difficult time.”

From “The Crossing”

“O Siyeza, o siyeza , sizofika webaba noma
(we are coming, we are coming, we will arrive soon)
O siyeza, o siyeza, siyagudle lomhlaba
(we are coming, we are coming, we are moving across this earth)
Siyawela lapheshaya lulezontaba ezimnyama
(we are crossing over those dark mountains)
Lapha sobheka phansi konke ukhulupheka
(where we will lay down our troubles)”

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