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Johnny Clegg honoured by Britain

The British High Commission says Johnny Clegg is being honoured for his unique service to the arts.

South African musician, Johnny Clegg sings in honour of Nelson Mandela during his memorial service at the Cape Town Stadium on 11 December 2013. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Legendary South African singer Johnny Clegg has been honoured with the Officer of the Order of the British Empire.

The announcement was made on Saturday as the Buckingham Palace released the 2015 Birthday Honours list.

The British High Commission says Clegg is being honoured for his unique service to the arts in a career spanning over three decades.

The musician has described the achievement as a tremendous moment in a long journey in the music industry.

"Having worked with The End Conscription Campaign, the Trade Union Movement and the Free the Children in Detention Campaign, resisting forced removals of rural communities, fund raising for the United Democratic Front amongst other progressive causes, this award re-energises those dreams and commitments in a very special way," the musician said.

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