MY TOP FIVE

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Johnny Clegg has em­barked on his ‘Fi­nal Jour­ney’ world tour – his last con­certs af­ter a 40-year ca­reer. We asked him to share some of the best places he’s been

1 The Ka­roo: vast, flat, si­lent, and you’re con­stantly look­ing at the hori­zon. It makes you un­der­stand that you are so tiny in the scheme of things but there is a place for you if you choose.

2 Mpumalanga: it feels wel­com­ing, with a mul­ti­tude of moun­tains, rivers and veg­e­ta­tion, lush and green but also with thorn­veld. It feels like an an­cient place where many peo­ples set­tled and lived out their dreams.

3 Namibia: open and, like the Ka­roo, the place if you’re look­ing for self-def­i­ni­tion.

4 Red Rocks, near Den­ver, Colorado, USA: great hikes in a beau­ti­ful land­scape. It also has the iconic Red Rocks Am­phithe­atre.

5 Emakha­be­leni/Kran­skop: on the Tugela River near Jame­son’s Drift in KZN. I am an avid birder and the birdlife there is great. As a teenager I was in­ter­ested in be­com­ing a game ranger.

And where to from here? I’ve been in­volved in elec­tronic waste re­cy­cling since 2004 ( ewaste.co.za). I hope to fo­cus on this as well as my book. I will con­tinue writ­ing and record­ing songs, but pub­lic shows will be a thing of the past.

Ex­tra dates added: 10 – 12 Au­gust at Mon­te­casino. com­puticket.com

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