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Johnny Clegg was a South African music legend who performed with two popular multi-racial bands during the minority white rule apartheid era. He learned Zulu music and dancing as a teenager from street musician Charlie Mzila. Clegg co-founded the multi-racial bands Juluka and Savuka which combined Zulu, Celtic, and rock music with both bands having international success. His bands promoted racial unity and were harassed by the South African government. Later, he released popular solo albums, his most recent being King of Time in 2017. After being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015, he embarked on a self-titled farewell tour in 2017.

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