Johnny Clegg & Juluka’s “African Sky Blue” shines worldwide

Johnny Clegg & Juluka – “African Sky Blue”

English born musician Johnny Clegg‘s career spans decades of sociopolitical evolution and revolution in his adopted home of South Africa. As young men in the mid 70’s, the white Clegg and black Zulu musician Sipho Mchunu started Juluka, regarded as the first racially mixed South African band. They gained widespread popularity despite being essentially blacklisted under the apartheid regime. Shunned by established radio stations and promoters, they pushed the envelope DIY style, playing gigs at universities and private homes, which were often as not shut down by the security police. Yet like the movement for change that grew like a wave all around them, their music proved irrepressible in the end. “African Sky Blue” is a GR8 taste of Johnny Clegg and Sipho Mchunu’s joyous guitar style and vocal harmonies, which continue to inspire generations on the African continent, and all over the world.

Johnny Clegg & Juluka
“African Sky Blue” (mp3)
from “The Best of Juluka”
(Rhythm Safari Pty Ltd)

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