Soothing the Beast: Saturday Night BFP-Jamiol Music, Episode 46

Johnny Clegg-Jongosi


Tonight's Soothing the Beast BFP/Jamiol music pick is a request by BFP contributor Ishmael. One of his personal heroes (and I can see why) is the British-born musician from South Africa Johnny Clegg. The song is Jongosi and Ishmael says, "This song, Jongosi, is my personal rallying cry and NEVER fails to re-energize me to face the days ahead."

Johnny Clegg, aka the “The White Zulu,” was born in England and lived in Israel, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Zambia during his childhood. He is an important figure in South African popular music history with songs that are a blend of Western pop and Zulu rhythms. Clegg spent years in Zulu communities learning the culture, dance and language.

Under a racially segregated regime, Clegg’s concerts were routinely broken up, and he and other members of his multiracial band were arrested multiple times for standing up to South African laws meant to keep blacks and whites separated. Clegg has paid his dues. So a big thanks to Ishmael for his excellent request. View this video full screen for this live performance of Johnny Clegg performing Jongosi at the International Nelson Mandela HIV and AIDS Awareness concert December 2007 at Johannesburg Ellis Park...Enjoy...DJPJ

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  1. AVIONBLANC says:

    Johnny Clegg is a very talented guy. Too bad he never hit the big time.

    Saw him when he was an opening act for Tracy Chapman several years ago. Very high energy!

  2. Well, my taste in musical artists had always been towards the eclectic. He plays to sold out crowds throughout Europe, places like Dubai, and organizes the now-annual 46664 African HIV Charity concert in Johannesberg pictured above that raises milions for HIV prevention programs in Africa. 46664 was Nelson Mandela’s prisoner Numbar on Robben Island. Here’s another Clegg video from 99 with Mandela on stage.

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