Johnny ends his jour­ney

Hamba kahle Clegg saves strength for his farewell

The Times (South Africa) - - News - By CHRIZELDA KEKANA

● 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.

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