Johnny Clegg's memorial service

27 Juillet, 2019, 00:24 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • The memorial service for late music legend Johnny Clegg at the Sandton Convention Centre on 26 July 2019

The memorial of late music legend Johnny Clegg is now underway, with actor, director, and playwright Dr Bonsile John Kani leading the proceedings.

The son of legendary South African musician Johnny Clegg performed with his father's band during a touching public memorial service held for Johnny on Friday.

The Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa then spoke about the late music legend's legacy.

In a post on his Instagram, Johnny's son, Jesse wrote: "I will miss you deeply, and I struggle to imagine a world without you".

The memorial's stage was then filled with musician and Freshlyground frontwoman Zolani Mahola, as well as the Soweto Gospel choir in a moving cover of one of Clegg and Savuka's songs, Asimbonanga.

The memorial service wrapped up with a music video for Johnny Clegg and Savika's Take my Heart Away.

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Johnny Clegg has been lauded as a national treasure and a musical genius who became a symbol of reconciliation and a true African.

Author and commentator Max du Preez said: "Johnny Clegg's music was the soundtrack of what we could have been and should have become as a people of the southern tip of the mother continent".

Angus MacGillivray, a pensioner, said they enjoyed the service and had been a fan of Clegg's for many years.

Jesse and Jaron then thanked everyone for their support.

He died last week after battling pancreatic cancer.

"It's like Johnny Clegg is here with us", a woman said during the ceremonies.

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