Johnny Clegg Tickets
Johnny Clegg is a South African musician who has been vocal about the country’s past racist, discriminatory regimes. He spoke out against the apartheid when it was at its peak and celebrated democracy when Mandela came into power. The musician is celebrated for the number of multi-racial South African bands he has been a part of during white-minority rule in the country. Currently undergoing a long struggle with pancreatic cancer, the singer has announced a global farewell tour titled “The Final Journey”. At sixty-four years of age, the singer is announcing his retirement from music. The tour calendar has a number of U.S dates marked and Johnny Clegg tickets for these dates are on sale now.
About the Artist
Johnny Clegg’s music is linked greatly with his religious and racial background. This is not to say that his music is religious or adhering to his race at all, quite the contrary. Clegg’s mother was a Polish Jew who moved to the United Kingdom from Zimbabwe. Clegg was born and raised here and later in Israel. Clegg describes his upbringing as “secular Jew” and therefore he had the psychological freedom to be creative.
Later in life, they moved to South Africa where Clegg found himself to be a minority, but somehow in power. This was because it was white-minority rule in South Africa and the apartheid was at its peak. Clegg treaded on dangerous ground as he became influenced by Black Zulu music and began playing in multi-racial bands. Through his famous bands Savuka and Juluka, Clegg has contributed to a cultural integration which has proven poignant in the face of massive ethnic divide.
How He Came to Music
Clegg initially started out with an Anthropology degree and professorship at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa, where he would combine western melodies with Zulu music during his spare time. This became a frequent activity and the experimentation eventually led to the formation of his first band, Juluka. However, because it was a multi-racial band, performing publicly was against the law at the time. Therefore, the band played only on university campuses and private lounges. It is only after their album “Universal Men” was released internationally that Clegg began gaining recognition.
Clegg became an instant success when he toured his Zulu acts in Europe and America. He has sold over five million albums globally and gained the title of “The White Zulu”. Clegg has performed a great number of shows across the globe with the sole mission of taking Zulu music to the western world. 2004 was when he first toured North America, and now, over fifteen years later, Johnny Clegg tickets for his farewell tour are selling out for its U.S venues yet again. Clegg’s music has universality to it because it hits at human chords within everyone. He makes a conscious effort to give his music a purpose, and that resonates with his fans worldwide.
Performing for Mandela
Clegg is a great admirer of the late-South African democratic leader, Nelson Mandela. And the admiration was mutual. Mandela surprised Clegg during his concert in Germany after which Clegg has played on the leader’s Aids Awareness campaigns a number of times. The two of them have made a slightly odd, but completely successful team as Clegg has somehow put Mandela’s message to music. Clegg’s song “Asimbonanga” in particular is associated with Mandela forever more because the two sang this song on stage together.
Finding his Identity
Having grown up in a number of social, religious and political settings, Clegg had the opportunity to gain a variety of identities. However, he has truly found himself in the Zulu way of life. He says he has never felt as accepted as in the Zulu community.
“The Zulu culture was a culture that said: ‘If you step in here, we’ll tell you who you are. You can unlock things about yourself that your culture can’t unlock for you.’ And I also believe that sometimes to find out who you are, you have to leave who you think you are. All culture is human culture; it’s just a different way of social organization.” – Johnny Clegg, Destiny Man
Fight with Cancer
Earlier in 2017, Clegg was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer for which he has been receiving treatment. However, the musician aims to retire from music and give his all to treatment, after one last farewell tour. Already having undergone multiple surgeries, Clegg says that he is living in two worlds; one where he is the musical superstar and the other in which he is getting intensive treatment. Therefore, Clegg’s “Final Journey” tour is symbolic of his personal journey as well as a literal farewell.
Johnny Clegg Tickets Prices
Currently the average price for Johnny Clegg tickets is $118. The date and location for this event is 2-Nov-17 at Boulder Theater, Boulder. The minimum get-in price for Johnny Clegg tickets is $118.
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