6:00 PM DOORS / 8:00 PM START
Johnny Clegg - dancer, anthropologist, singer, songwriter, academic, activist and French knight. Whilst all of these tags are fitting, none of them can accurately describe the energetic, passionate human being who has become one of South Africa's greatest musical exports. He has campaigned against the injustice of apartheid South Africa and been instrumental in putting the new South Africa on the map as a cultural ambassador. More info on Johnny's life and achievements is available here.
Recently awarded three honorary doctorates from Dartmouth College, CUNY and University of the Witwatersrand, Johnny, a former Grammy nominee and Billboard music award winner, still tours regularly, both at home and abroad, with dates pegged for 2012 in Europe and north America. Be sure not to miss his dynamic live act should it come your way.
Johnny Clegg took his highly acclaimed A SOUTH AFRICAN STORY to the Royal Albert Hall in March this year and had the entire audience up on their feet. Fans from all over London, South Africans and Londoners alike, attended the show at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall where Johnny Clegg made his debut performance as a solo artist. He is now bringing this show home to The Teatro at Monte Casino from the 29 November 2013 to Sunday 1 December 2013. This story covers Johnny's life through his music, and is an inspiring and uplifting voyage. The show is his stories of his life and how various local and international history influenced his music.
The show will showcase various forms of dance that influenced him and is supported by visuals that have not been seen before from Johnny's archives as well as state of the art lighting, sound and projection. This production will include some of Johnny Clegg's hits, special guest artists as well as some intimate unplugged moments.
Audiences will experience the thrill of music and dance with this South African icon as he links his music to the journey South Africa has taken over the past 30 years.
During this time Clegg has become one of South Africa's most famous exports while retaining his popularity in his home country. Aside from his musical success, he is widely recognised and respected as an anthropologist, academic and activist. Clegg also campaigned against the injustice of apartheid South Africa and has been instrumental in putting the new South Africa on the map.
His energetic and passionate persona, together with his anthemic hits, has made Clegg an outstanding musical ambassador for his country. By combining African music structures with Celtic folk music and international rock sounds, Clegg pioneered a new and unique sound. From Europe to the States, from Australia to Potchefstroom and London, audiences in sold out venues have danced to "Cruel, Crazy Beautiful World", "Scatterlings of Africa", "I Call Your Name", "Impi", "Asimbonanga", "Great Heart", and "African Sky Blue".
Last year Clegg was awarded the Order of Ikhamanga for his excellent contribution and achievement in the field of bridging African traditional music with other music forms, promoting racial understanding among racially divided groups in South Africa under difficult apartheid conditions, working for a non-racial society and being an outstanding spokesperson for the release of political prisoners.
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