Clegg reaches out to oth­ers in ‘The Cross­ing’

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MORE than 50 mu­si­cians came to­gether to record a tribute to Johnny Clegg, a South African le­gend who has made an in­deli­ble mark on mu­sic his­tory.

On Wed­nes­day, the song and ac­com­pa­ny­ing video, filmed at the gath­er­ing in Septem­ber, were played to Clegg for the first time at a pri­vate event where he per­formed for friends and life­long fans at Eller­man House ho­tel in Bantry Bay, Cape Town.

When the spe­cial ver­sion of The Cross­ing was un­veiled, Clegg said: “I am speech­less, thank you so much. This is an amaz­ing mo­ment for me – to have so many of my peers ac­knowl­edge the song and its sen­ti­ments, and that they can use that to fur­ther some­thing much big­ger than all of us.”

The evening saw the launch of Friends of Johnny Clegg, a fund cre­ated in his hon­our to help al­le­vi­ate the ed­u­ca­tion cri­sis in South Africa. All pro­ceeds from down­loads of this ver­sion of The Cross­ing will go to the fund.

Friends of Johnny Clegg artists who col­lab­o­rated on the track in­clude Abi­gail Kubeka, Ard Matthews, Arno Carstens, Bobby van Jaarsveld, Dan Pat­lansky, Dave Matthews, David Kramer, Dorothy Ma­suka, Glo­ria Bos­man, Jimmy Ne­vis, Jack Parow, Ja­son Hart­man, Clegg’s son Jesse Clegg, Kahn Mor­bee, Yati Khu­malo, and many more.

Kubeka said: “I was hon­oured to be in­vited to be part of this project. Johnny Clegg is one of our great­est mu­si­cians in South Africa. For him to think of help­ing oth­ers when he has a chal­lenge of his own is typ­i­cal of his na­ture and of mu­si­cians in this coun­try.”

Matthews said Ju­luka mixed cul­ture and mu­sic in a way that had never been done.

“It broke down bar­ri­ers. They joined the forces work­ing to ex­pose the hate­filled cru­elty of the old South African sys­tem. And their mu­sic is slam­ming.” Vusi Mahlasela also paid tribute. “Johnny Clegg is a true icon. I’ve al­ways ad­mired his pi­o­neer­ing sound.

“He is a mu­si­cal soul and he lives his life with the spirit of ubuntu.

“I’m hon­oured to be part of this project, which is go­ing to change the lives of many young South Africans.”

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