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Life Lessons from “Le Zulu Blanc”, Johnny Clegg

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Inside JoburgAs a mature musician, songwriter and academic, Johnny Clegg has realised that when it comes to communication, the “how” is just as important as the “what”. This applies not only to talking to teenagers (he has two teenage sons) but to his interactions with his audience. He tells Nechama Brodie, “The role of the audience is really to be a sea of emotion, through which your ship is sailing”:

One of South Africa’s greatest music exports, Johnny Clegg, 57, has been described as a “dancer, anthropologist, singer, songwriter, academic, activist and French knight”. When he’s not touring the world, he lives in Johannesburg with his wife Jenny and has two sons, Jesse and Jaron.

When you’re a young artist, you think the show is just about you. When you get a bit more mature, you realise a show isn’t a monologue, it’s a dialogue. The role of the audience is really to be a sea of emotion, through which your ship is sailing.

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