Friends of Johnny Clegg

Friends of Johnny Clegg

Peter is one of over 50 prominent artists who have come together to record a tribute to Johnny Clegg, a true South African legend, who continues to make an indelible mark on music history.

This new version of the song ‘The Crossing’  is available to download & stream
on all digital platforms. Download here

Singer, songwriter, dancer, anthropologist and musical activist, Johnny Clegg’s infectious crossover music — a vibrant blend of Western pop and African Zulu rhythms — exploded onto the international scene and broke through barriers in South Africa. In an award-winning career spanning over three decades, he has sold over five million albums worldwide, bringing people from all backgrounds together.

“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. Thank you.” – Johnny Clegg

As well as launching the single and video this week, Friends of Johnny Clegg, a fund created in Johnny’s honour has also been created to help alleviate the education crisis in South Africa. All proceeds from downloads of this special version of ‘The Crossing’ will go toward this fund. These proceeds will be distributed by the Click Foundationwhich targets young learners with an online phonetics-based programme in centres across the country, ultimately aimed at creating a better future for the youth of South Africa — a cause close to Johnny’s heart.

‘The Crossing’ was mostly recorded in September 2018, at Cape Town’s Mothership Studios. The song was produced by Theo Crous and mastered in Los Angeles by Lurssen, a multi Grammy award-winning studio. Emotions were high, with smiles all round and a wonderful sense of camaraderie amongst fellow artists and friends, brought together by their desire to pay tribute and express their love and admiration for the great Johnny Clegg.

The video, which also features a cameo by Peter, is directed by Carien Loubser of Brainwave Productions.

For more information on how to support the cause, please visit the website www.friendsofjohnnyclegg.co.za.