19 JUL 2019: On May 31, we posted a video from a favourite performer, Johnny Clegg, noting that the South African musical and political trailblazer was battling pancreatic cancer. Sadly, Clegg succumbed to his illness on July 16. Dubbed the “White Zulu,” Clegg fused western pop with South African styles in the multi-racial bands Juluka and Savuka, an act that by itself served as a bold statement against apartheid in his home country in the 1980s.

In 1999 Nelson Mandela joined him onstage for a performance of Clegg’s hit “Asimbonanga” – a song written as a tribute to the iconic South African leader – with Mandela declaring, “It is music and dancing that makes me at peace with the world.” It’s certainly a fitting legacy for Jonathan Paul Clegg.

Watch our original item and Clegg’s best-known hit, “Scatterlings of Africa.

Lyrics

Asimbonanga
Chorus
Asimbonanga (we have not seen him)
Asimbonang' umandela thina (we have not seen Mandela)
Laph'ekhona (in the place where he is)
Laph'ehleli khona (in the place where he is kept)

Oh, the sea is cold and the sky is grey
Look across the island into the bay
We are all islands till comes the day
We cross the burning water

Chorus

A seagull wings across the sea
Broken silence is what I dream
Who has the words to close the distance
Between you and me

Chorus

Steve Biko, Victoria Mxenge, Neil Aggett
Asimbonanga
Asimbonang' umfowethu thina (we have not seen our brother)
Laph'ekhona (in the place where he is)
Laph'wafela khona (in the place where he died)
Hey wena (hey you!)
Hey wena nawe (hey you and you as well)
Siyofika nini la' siyakhona (when will we arrive at our destination)

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