Johnny Clegg, South Africa's 'White Zulu', dies at 66
South African singer and songwriter Johnny Clegg, one of the few white artists to openly confront the apartheid government in the late 1970s and 1980s, has died.
The Grammy-nominated artist – often called the “White Zulu” – died peacefully on Tuesday at his home in Johannesburg with his family there, his manager Roddy Quin said.
Clegg was 66. He had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015.
“He fought it to the last second,” Quin told the South African Broadcasting Corporation.
In a statement, the South African government said: “[His] music had the ability to unite people across the races …. Clegg has made an indelible mark in the music industry and the hearts of the people.”
Opposition leader Mmusi Maimane said Clegg “wrote our SA story when our country was at its worst and at its best.”
The Grammy-winning Soweto Gospel Choir said it was “devastated” by Clegg’s death and called him a “music icon and a true South African”.