Johnny ends his journey
Hamba kahle Clegg saves strength for his farewell
● After being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer two years ago, it has been legendary musician Johnny Clegg's mission to achieve all his musical goals before retiring later this year.
Clegg, who announced his pending retirement in April, is preparing to take to the stage for a farewell concert in November.
Clegg told The Times that when he was diagnosed he learnt to appreciate little gifts in life, which is why he wants to put on one last impressive show.
“As I’m planning this, I’m living in a parallel universe with my condition. My chemo kind of carries me through until January — after that it’s no man’s land.
“So I want to do as much as I can now and put all these things to bed,” he said.
The Impi hitmaker said although he was feeling energetic after his last round of chemotherapy in February, his doctors have warned him not to strain himself.
“I’m fit now but the oncologists say it might be an illusion because you have all this chemo in you that is keeping this [cancer] at bay and it has a finite life span. But when I am performing, I feel I can do this forever. It’s a massive contradiction,” he said.
His concert, Final Journey World Tour, will tell his life story and incorporate a Johnny Clegg and Friends concept, featuring Prime Circle, Karen Zoid, The Parlotones and other surprises.
The Final Journey World Tour will be at the TicketPro Dome on November 11.