The youngest sister in our sibling family of four – Nicola – has already been on at the two brothers = Michael and I – to join her in a sibling singing blast at Johnny Clegg’s final concert at the Boardwalk.
Why is this significant? Because Nicola has come all the way from Glasgow to do so – how cool? Okay my Mother having a fractured neck also factored into her winging her way back to Port Elizabeth, but, I do have my doubts about her motivation to leave cold Scotland to attend to Annette here in the land of spectacular sunsets away from the sleet and cold in the land called Alba above the Sassanachs!
The legendary Johnny Clegg will perform three shows at The Boardwalk when he brings The Final Journey World Tour to the Port Elizabeth in January 2018. He takes to the stage at the Boardwalk ICC on 26, 27 and 28 January 2018. The Final Journey World Tour commemorates Clegg’s almost forty years in the music industry which began with the release of Juluka’s Universal Men in 1979 and continued through the Savuka years and his more recent solo work.
Fans will get to see the South African music icon perform live on stage a repertoire of songs spanning his illustrious career. These will be brought to life by the biggest production ever created for a Clegg live show, supported by his world class live band. A highlight of the shows will be the different styles of dance that have been integral to Clegg’s life and work, ever since he learnt the fundamentals of Zulu music and traditional Zulu Inhlangwinini dancing with Charlie Mzila while a teenager.
Says Clegg: “This will be my final set of public performances for my fans in SA and around the world. I am immensely excited to be able to bring to them an autobiographical, audiovisual and intimate account of my life through my music and dance. ”
Through his bands Juluka and Savuka, Clegg pioneered authentically South African hybrid music during a time of cultural and racial segregation. His music always offered a vision of how South Africans could find each other and the possibilities of a non-racial future. For this reason, the South African leg of the tour has tremendous importance for him as it was South Africa and all South Africans that shaped him as an artist.
Clegg’s recorded output as part of Juluka, Savuka and solo has earned him millions of record sales, countless awards and nominations, including a Grammy nomination, and multiple international releases for a truly global audience. He was the forerunner of combining Western musical styles with African ones, sparking a revolution in South African music that can be still be heard in the work of artists today.
Clegg is also recognised as a pioneer of social cohesion in South Africa. He provided a portal for international audiences to gain a deeper understanding of the anti apartheid movement and the journey towards freedom. For this, Clegg has received many different honours including an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire), the South African Order of Ikhamanga and the French Chevalier des Arts et Lettres (Knight of Arts and Letters), as well as several honorary doctorates.
Tickets start from R375 per person and are available exclusively at Computicket. The shows start at 20:00 on Friday and Saturday; and at 17:00 on Sunday.