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Monday, October 23rd, 2017
Political strife can inspire great art, and Johnny Clegg's internationally successful musical career represents that intersection of reality and creativity. The British-born, South African-raised Clegg has spent almost four decades writing and performing songs that reflect the topical and personal turmoil of life in his evolving homeland, pre- and post-apartheid. Clegg's new CD, Best, Live & Unplugged at the Baxter Theatre, Cape Town (2014, Appleseed Recordings) showcases many of his most popular, powerful and universal songs. Drawn from the repertoire of his apartheid-defying integrated bands Juluka and Savuka, which built global followings in the '70s and '80s, and from Johnny's subsequent recordings as a solo artist, the September 2013 concert captured here presents these songs in an acoustic setting, although Johnny (vocals, guitar, melodica, concertina) is accompanied by four additional musicians.