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December 6, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
South African musician Johnny Clegg, who saluted Nelson Mandela in his 1987 song “Asimbonanga” while Mandela was still serving prison time for fighting the nation's apartheid system, released the following statement about Mandela's passing on Thursday: “My family and I send our condolences to all the Mandela family members on the passing of Tata. We also share with all South Africans and the global community our sense of loss and sadness at his passing. “Nelson Mandela will always define a deep part of what and who are as individuals and as a nation.
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December 6, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
South African musician Johnny Clegg, who saluted Nelson Mandela in his 1987 song “Asimbonanga” while Mandela was still serving prison time for fighting the nation's apartheid system, released the following statement about Mandela's passing on Thursday: “My family and I send our condolences to all the Mandela family members on the passing of Tata. We also share with all South Africans and the global community our sense of loss and sadness at his passing. “Nelson Mandela will always define a deep part of what and who are as individuals and as a nation.
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June 3, 1993 | RANDY LEWIS
In three previous albums with Savuka, and before that with Juluka, Johnny Clegg has created a unique musical amalgam that reflected his equally unusual background: a white, British-born kid who grew up in South Africa listening to Western rock 'n' roll but was also fascinated with the African styles he heard on the streets and surreptitiously in black bars.
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November 17, 2010
A list of upcoming concerts across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. Wiltern Ke$ha, May 6; the Decemberists, Feb. 12; Rebelution, April 1 (Fri.) Gibson Amphitheatre KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas with Smashing Pumpkins and Phoenix, Dec. 11-12 (Thurs.-Fri.); Chris Tomlin, April 12 (Fri.) Staples Center New Kids on the Block / Backstreet Boys, July 1 (Mon.) El Rey Theatre Donald Glover and Childish Gambino, Dec. 12; Lykke Li, March 9 (now)
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August 12, 1993 | RANDY LEWIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the '90s opened, Johnny Clegg watched in awe at the radical changes in the world around him--the kind of changes politically active musicians like him often cry out for, but all too rarely witness in their lifetimes.
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August 12, 1993 | BILL LOCEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Everyone has a plan that will not work. Frisbees for cats. Twinkies full of roast beef. Milli Vanilli in Esperanto. A remake of "King Kong." The Sally Struthers Whining Channel. The list is endless. But then again, Johnny Clegg, a white guy from South Africa, has a plan that just might be working. He's trying to unite blacks and whites in his country through his music.
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August 6, 1988
Regarding Robert Hilburn's review of the concert of Steve Winwood and opening act, Johnny Clegg and Savuka (Pop Music Review, July 26): For centuries, the critic has suffered abuse and derision by artist and audience alike. Hilburn's failure to adequately recognize Johnny Clegg, who is a superstar in Europe, gives us a contemporary example of why this innate dislike of critics continues. WAYNE C. WATKINS Studio City
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August 16, 1993 | DENNIS HUNT
In the world-beat scene, white South African singer-songwriter Johnny Clegg is a master at spinning sensitive, provocative, politically oriented tales, many related to the turmoil in his homeland. The framework is Westernized pop-rock, spiced with traditional Zulu rhythms, buoyed by booming, angelic harmonies. At least that's how it comes across on his albums. When Clegg and his band Savuka hit the stage--as at the Wiltern Theatre on Friday--it's party time!
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November 11, 1990
About Scot Tempesta's Oct. 28 letter, which charges that Paul Simon has "ripped off" other cultures in his songs: By Mr. Tempesta's logic, we should close all the museums; they rip off ancient and foreign cultures. Charley Pride, Nat King Cole, Ray Charles, Yo-Yo Ma and Johnny Clegg all have drawn from music and cultural styles outside their own origins. Rip-off? No way. These men are making great contributions to those styles and have greatly enriched the world of music. Mr. Tempesta, your thinly veiled attempt to somehow connect Simon's "Graceland" project with black exploitation or apartheid is wrong-minded.
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August 9, 1996 | RANDY LEWIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When South African musician Johnny Clegg decides to traverse memory lane, he doesn't stroll--he takes leaping Zulu dance steps down every inch of the trail. Clegg's invigorating concert Wednesday at Universal Amphitheatre was part of his first U.S. tour in three years and largely surveyed his 25-year career.
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August 9, 1996 | RANDY LEWIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When South African musician Johnny Clegg decides to traverse memory lane, he doesn't stroll--he takes leaping Zulu dance steps down every inch of the trail. Clegg's invigorating concert Wednesday at Universal Amphitheatre was part of his first U.S. tour in three years and largely surveyed his 25-year career.
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August 1, 1996 | BILL LOCEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Johnny Clegg and his band Juluka are on a mission to improve things in their native South Africa. And while they've waiting for better days, they make people dance. They, and another serious groove master, King Sunny Ade--who with his African Beats plays a unique brand of Nigerian juju music--should have the Santa Barbara County Bowl swinging Friday evening. Clegg, as a white kid in South Africa, decided he wanted to check out the local music scene.
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July 5, 1996 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The rich, endlessly varied treasure trove of Brazilian music provides yet another splendid reward this weekend in the Brazilian Summer Festival '96 at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre. The event is the latest in a string of Southland performances--including recent appearances by two brilliant composer-performers, Ivan Lins and Gilberto Gil at the House of Blues--illustrating the enormous range of music originating in South America's largest nation.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 16, 1993 | DENNIS HUNT
In the world-beat scene, white South African singer-songwriter Johnny Clegg is a master at spinning sensitive, provocative, politically oriented tales, many related to the turmoil in his homeland. The framework is Westernized pop-rock, spiced with traditional Zulu rhythms, buoyed by booming, angelic harmonies. At least that's how it comes across on his albums. When Clegg and his band Savuka hit the stage--as at the Wiltern Theatre on Friday--it's party time!
ENTERTAINMENT
August 12, 1993 | RANDY LEWIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the '90s opened, Johnny Clegg watched in awe at the radical changes in the world around him--the kind of changes politically active musicians like him often cry out for, but all too rarely witness in their lifetimes.
NEWS
August 12, 1993 | BILL LOCEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Everyone has a plan that will not work. Frisbees for cats. Twinkies full of roast beef. Milli Vanilli in Esperanto. A remake of "King Kong." The Sally Struthers Whining Channel. The list is endless. But then again, Johnny Clegg, a white guy from South Africa, has a plan that just might be working. He's trying to unite blacks and whites in his country through his music.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 17, 2010
A list of upcoming concerts across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. Wiltern Ke$ha, May 6; the Decemberists, Feb. 12; Rebelution, April 1 (Fri.) Gibson Amphitheatre KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas with Smashing Pumpkins and Phoenix, Dec. 11-12 (Thurs.-Fri.); Chris Tomlin, April 12 (Fri.) Staples Center New Kids on the Block / Backstreet Boys, July 1 (Mon.) El Rey Theatre Donald Glover and Childish Gambino, Dec. 12; Lykke Li, March 9 (now)
ENTERTAINMENT
July 5, 1996 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The rich, endlessly varied treasure trove of Brazilian music provides yet another splendid reward this weekend in the Brazilian Summer Festival '96 at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre. The event is the latest in a string of Southland performances--including recent appearances by two brilliant composer-performers, Ivan Lins and Gilberto Gil at the House of Blues--illustrating the enormous range of music originating in South America's largest nation.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 12, 1993 | RANDY LEWIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the '90s opened, Johnny Clegg watched in awe at the radical changes in the world around him--the kind of changes that politically active musicians such as himself often cry out for, but all too rarely witness in their lifetimes.
NEWS
June 3, 1993 | RANDY LEWIS
In three previous albums with Savuka, and before that with Juluka, Johnny Clegg has created a unique musical amalgam that reflected his equally unusual background: a white, British-born kid who grew up in South Africa listening to Western rock 'n' roll but was also fascinated with the African styles he heard on the streets and surreptitiously in black bars.
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