Mthethwa: Johnny Clegg was a true African
Tributes have been pouring in for Clegg, who died at the age of 66 after after battling pancreatic cancer since 2015.
JOHANNESBURG - Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa has paid tribute to legendary musician Johnny Clegg.
Mthethwa has described Clegg as a towering giant and a true African.
Tributes have been pouring in for Clegg, who died at the age of 66 after battling pancreatic cancer since 2015.
Minister Mthethwa has joined thousands of South Africans in expressing shock at the passing of the music icon.
Mthethwa said that the Asimbonanga hitmaker was a symbol of reconciliation.
"He was a true African. He understood our culture, African culture."
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Mthethwa said that his legacy would live on.
"If you talk from the point of view of creative thought, he is definitely at a higher level. He would compare easily with the greats of this world because he was great."
Clegg's son Jesse also paid a moving tribute to his father on Facebook saying that he would struggle to imagine a world without his father, but he was comforted to know that Clegg’s wisdom and compassion lived in all South Africans.
SGC is devastated at the passing of Johnny Clegg. An music icon and a true South African. We shall miss him with all our hearts. Rest In Peace pic.twitter.com/I9ZDPH6FqH— Soweto Gospel Choir (@Sowetogospel) July 16, 2019
Condolences to Family and Friends of— South African Government (@GovernmentZA) July 16, 2019
Johnny Clegg -one of South Africa’s most celebrated sons. He was a singer, a songwriter, a dancer, anthropologist whose infectious crossover music exploded onto the international scene and contributed towards social cohesion #RIPJohnnyClegg pic.twitter.com/NpyQeZ2E4X
Farewell my friend. We will always remember you. Johnny Clegg Rest In Peace. 🙏🏾🎚🇿🇦— JohnKani (@JohnKani2) July 16, 2019
The Nelson Mandela Foundation mourns the passing of a musical icon and a freedom fighter Johnny Clegg. We are blessed to have seen him. We will keep singing Asimbonanga. We will keep working for the country of his dreams. Hamba kahle qhawe lamaqhawe. pic.twitter.com/N72BrpOW8B— NelsonMandela (@NelsonMandela) July 16, 2019
A towering giant has fallen with the passing of legendary Singer-songwriter & Anthropologist Johnny Clegg. Our hearts are sore & as he famously sang in Asimbonanga "oh the sea is cold & the sky is grey" as we contend with the loss of a torchbearer of our struggle for freedom. pic.twitter.com/35RGuWGn02— Min. Nathi Mthethwa (@NathiMthethwaSA) July 16, 2019