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Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Johnny Clegg takes to the stage at Dubai Opera for one night only on 20 September. Nearly forty years after he first exploded onto the international music scene, Johnny Clegg will bring his unique Western/South African hybrid rhythms to life on his final world tour, ‘The Final Journey’.

Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Johnny Clegg takes to the stage at Dubai Opera for one night only on 20 September. Nearly forty years after he first exploded onto the international music scene, Johnny Clegg will bring his unique Western/South African hybrid rhythms to life on his final world tour, ‘The Final Journey’.

‘The Final Journey’ tour will see Johnny Clegg’s many different hits and live favourites brought to life by the biggest production ever created for a Clegg live show, supported by his world-class live band. A highlight of the show will be the different styles of dance that have been integral to Clegg’s life and work, ever since he learnt the fundamentals of Zulu music and traditional Zulu Inhlangwinini dancing with Charlie Mzila while still a teenager. Fans can also look forward to an unparalled repertoire of songs which began with the release of Juluka’s Universal Men in 1979 and continued through the Savuka years, as well as his more recent solo work.

With a career spanning almost forty years, Johnny Clegg pioneered a uniquely South African, hybrid music during a time of cultural and racial segregation. Through his bands Juluka and Savuka, he created a vibrant blend of Western pop and African Zulu rhythms, which helped to break down barriers in South Africa. Through his music, Johnny Clegg also provided a portal for international audiences to gain a deeper understanding of the anti-apartheid movement and the journey towards, and ultimately into, freedom. This work has seen him receive many honours, including an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire), the South African Order of Ikhamanga and the French Chevalier des Arts et Lettres (Knight of Arts and Letters) , as well as several honorary doctorates.

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