Johnny Clegg

  • Born: June 7, 1953
  • Died: July 16, 2019
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Johnny Clegg

South African music legend

Johnny Clegg was a South African music legend who performed with two popular multi-racial bands during the minority white rule apartheid era. For full obituary and coverage from, click here.

Condolence & Memory Journal


As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Posted by Star    April 21, 2020

God is a God of all Comfort and he will Comfort the family's...My condolence..

Posted by A friend   November 14, 2019

I purchased Johnny Clegg's music some 30 years. What a wonderful surprise. RIP Johnny Clegg

Posted by Jon Kydd - Columbus, OH - friend   August 20, 2019

You will be solely missed. Thank you for the music and your stories. You are irreplaceable.

Posted by Art Thomas    August 02, 2019

He had a open honest heart that loved everybody. My condolences to the family on your loss. God is near to the brokenhearted.

Posted by A friend   July 30, 2019

Rest well "white Zulu". Your contribution to South Africa's racial integration will forever be remembered!

Posted by Arafat Masimbi - Pretoria - friend   July 28, 2019

"Spirit move on, move on. Pass my eyes on, on to the next one, I will be long gone, long gone. Across the distance, this divide, I will be with you forever, Till you reach the other side.
So hold on, sing this life song." (Spirit is the Journey). Johnny- your songs integrated into my DNA. May your words and rhythms echo through the ages.

Posted by D Green - Seattle, WA   July 23, 2019


Nos condoléances les plus sincères pour celui qui a embelli notre vie et qui nous a fait découvrir son monde et sa lutte pour l'égalité.

Posted by Jean-François Bouchard - Sinte-Justine, QC   July 23, 2019

To Johnny dear family may the God of all comfort, strengthen your family during this difficult time Isaiah Isaiah 61: 1,2

Posted by A friend   July 22, 2019

Grief can be so hard,but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.

Posted by A friend   July 22, 2019

Thank you for the music. You were a true world hero

Posted by Rupica Crowder - Toronto, CA - Student   July 21, 2019

Condolences to family, friends, band mates and fans. Johnny Clegg has changed me and the world. May the love you shared with us be remembered always.

Posted by Dorothy Jace - Raymond, AB   July 21, 2019

My deepest condolences to your family for the loss of your love one. May your cherished memories created, brighten your days and help sustain you at this time. John 6:40 gives much comfort by looking forward to Jesus promise of seeing your love one again.

Posted by C M - Santa ana, CA - friend   July 21, 2019

Thanks Johnny for being a beacon of hope and a source of inspiration. You made the world a bigger and better place. Sending prayers to your family and loved ones.

Posted by helen ward - lee, MA   July 19, 2019

Johnny Clegg's music has been a beacon a hope and source of inspiration for me for the last 30 years. Sending prayers for his family and loved ones.

Posted by helen ward - lee, MA   July 19, 2019

All my sympathie to the family and friends, I was really fortunate having the chance to meet in Vancouver 2 years ago while is was shopping for his son coming to study. I am from Quebec and I had the chance to connect with his songs and dance at the summer festival in Quebec city long time ago. I am a big fan and I will miss him but he will always have a place in my heart. Farewell our zulu blanc.

Posted by Diane McLean - Vancouver, BC   July 19, 2019

To the family, friends and long time fans of Johnny Clegg. During this difficult time please know we are deeply saddened for your loss. Sincere condolences.

Posted by Ms. Sowell    July 19, 2019

My heart condolences to the family and friends of Johnny Clegg, an accomplished, talented artist and musician and a selfless humanitarian. May you have comfort and hope, 2 Thessalonians 2:16, 17 as you mourn the loss and cherish the enduring memories of your dear loved one.

Posted by D Hamilton - CA   July 18, 2019

What a uniquely African musician fellow Witsie Johnny was, and way ahead of his time especially under apartheid. I'm glad he and his groups got the international recognition they deserved. A sad loss to South African music. My deepest condolences to his family.

Posted by Udo Langen - Reading   July 18, 2019

My deepest condolences to the Clegg family, may God be with you to give you comfort and strength in your time of need.

Posted by A friend   July 18, 2019


Posted by Ann Stokman - Greendale, WI   July 18, 2019

Like Mandela you were a inspiration to SA and the world. Fearlessly showing us all that unity in diversity can achieve the vision of a rainbow nation. May we all have the courage to pick up where you and Mandela took us as a nation to and continue down that road towards Hope, Understanding, Respect and Love for our fellow human travellers

Posted by Michelle van Molendorf - Johannesburg South Africa   July 18, 2019

Rest Easy Johnny

Posted by Thomas Lindley - MARICOPA, AZ   July 17, 2019

One of my favorite musicians. I think Ive listened to the Scatterlings album more than 200 times. He opened my eyes to South African music and I am thankful for that. I pray that God will watch over him.

Posted by Rob Thurston - NJ   July 17, 2019

Johnny Clegg was was truly a Spirit With a Great Heart. I feel very fortunate to have seen him perform a couple of times in California. I send my deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. The world is a better place because of the gifts he shared with all of us.

Posted by Michael Bell - Pacific Grove, CA   July 17, 2019

Truly sorry for your loss. May the god of comfort, comfort you In all your trials.

Posted by Komal Prakash - RI - acquaintance   July 17, 2019

Incredible talent but such an incredible loss. May God be with us in our grief

Posted by A friend   July 17, 2019

remarkable voice for musical freedom from South spirit to the memory of Johnny.......................................

Posted by David Eyges - Dobbs Ferry, NY - acquaintance   July 17, 2019

The world has lost a great story teller and activist rip white zulu

Posted by RW - NS   July 17, 2019

I first heard of Johnny Clegg and Savuka when I first heard 'Scatterings of Africa' in the 1988 film 'Rainman'. I've been a fan ever since. Thank you for the beautiful music. Rest in peace, sir.

Posted by Brad Branch - Topeka, KS   July 17, 2019

My condolences to the family . May you find comfort in your treasured memories and promise to return your loved ones who passed away in death .

Posted by A friend   July 17, 2019

Love Johnny and his music. I discovered him in 1987 and saw hime four times in three different states. He walked across a parking lot in Boulder CO to say hello after his show there in 1992. A great man full of humility. Johnny made the world a more hopeful and beautiful place despite its ugliest features

Posted by Mark Taylir - Indianapolis, IN - student   July 17, 2019

Loved Johnny Clegg & Savuka. They brought happiness to all that knew them! one of a kind! RIP Johnny.

Posted by A friend   July 17, 2019


Posted by Ann Stokman - Greendale, WI   July 17, 2019

Wonderful man with a huge heart.
He will be missed.

Posted by Terry    July 17, 2019

Dear Johnny
May you fly high in peace in the African sky. Thank you for all you have done, not only musically and culturally, but also for teaching us that friendship and love should not be based upon colour or race. Your music has been a cross cultural inspiration, and I have and will always carry it in my heart. Thank you for your time on Earth, and for letting us get to know you and share your life with you. You will be missed, but your music will run in the veins of South Africa and your fans. Go in peace, Sala Khale
Hugs from a little Scatterling ❤

Posted by Desiree Hillmann - Copenhagen - friend   July 17, 2019

I would like to express my appreciation for the music and example set by Mr Clegg. I was introduced to his music by my eldest brother when I was in my teens. Throughout my life I have often referred back to his songs. The last time using one of his songs for a corporate background song. A giant in South African music and a real example of how to live in a diverse culture.

Posted by Marius Nel - Pretoria   July 17, 2019

Love you, Johnny!!! To thank you with words would be impossible!!!

Posted by John Mulrooney - Toronto, ON - acquaintance   July 17, 2019

Johnnys music made my heart soar with happiness. His acceptance of other cultures showed the world how it was possible to build a multiethnic society. I lived for your tours of the U.S. which were fantastic. May you Rest In Peace.

Posted by Heather Jafari - Washington, DC - friend   July 17, 2019

Oh I'm so sorry to hear this news. I saw Johnny & Savuka years ago here in San Francisco. What a show ! I ask "Alexa" to play his music every week.

Posted by Judy - So. San Francisco, CA   July 16, 2019

The choir in heaven just got a little better. I absolutely LOVED his music. He truly had the 'Spirit of the Great Heart'.

Posted by A friend   July 16, 2019

He put on one of the best music shows I have ever seen! He was an amazing musician an a stellar human being! I was so hoping to see him again. So sad. Condolences to his son and family .


Karen W., Grass Valley, CA

Posted by A friend   July 16, 2019

Dear Johnny,
I was so lucky to see you in person one time!
You have been an inspiration to me
since the first time I heard your music.
You will be missed.
You will always be in my heart.

Posted by JDS - Beverly Hills CA USA   July 16, 2019

The world has lost an enlightened soul...RIP Johnny

Posted by A friend   July 16, 2019

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Johnny Clegg