The world is full of strange behaviour
Every man has to be his own saviour
I know I can make it on my own if I try
But I’m searching for a great heart to stand me by
Underneath the African sky
A great heart to stand me by
Johnny Clegg had the special quality of being able to unite people across all backgrounds and generations with his music. His music has always been a beacon of hope and inspiration and in a time when South Africans and the world need it the most, the lyrics to Great Heart stand true.
In a fitting tribute to one of the most iconic figures in South African music history, the Johnny Clegg Tribute Show, featuring some of South Africa’s top performers, has been moved up to the 18th of July, 2020 at the Emmarentia Botanical Gardens (Johannesburg), which also marks the anniversary of his passing.
The 18th of July is also a very significant date in that it is the celebration of Nelson Mandela Day. More details on how patrons can commemorate both these iconic South Africans on the day will follow.
Patrons who are already in possession of their tickets must retain them as Computicket will swap them with the new tickets closer to the time. Patrons who have booked online but not yet collected, their tickets will reflect the new date. Patrons who are unable to attend the new date can contact Computicket for a refund (firstname.lastname@example.org for all ticketing enquiries).
Johnny Clegg captured the hearts of a nation and the tribute concert will feature fellow musicians that will commemorate his life and his musical career. There will also be a dance tribute performed by dancers from Zululand and the local hostels.
Jenny Clegg says: “Jesse, Jaron and I are incredibly excited and proud to be able to celebrate Johnny’s life with a day of music and togetherness. For someone who was so passionate about human connection and the role of music, art and culture, this event embraces and celebrates who he was and what his legacy stands for.
We are humbled by how many incredible artists are participating in honouring his memory and we look forward to sharing this special day with you in the spirit of the Great Heart.”
“Johnny’s style of music traversed cultural barriers like few others and he used his music to speak to every person and to show us what it was to embrace other cultures without losing your identity.
This tribute show is a dedication to his life and the deep footprints that he has left in the hearts of the African nation,” adds Johnny’s long-time manager and friend, Roddy Quin (Real Concerts).
Johnny Clegg – The Tribute Show will take place on Saturday, 18th July at Emmarentia Botanical Gardens (entrance on Thomas Bowler Street). Gates open at 10h00 with performances commencing at 11h00 – 18h00.
Money will be raised at the event for the Click Foundation, supporting ‘The Friends of Johnny Clegg’ charity which was established with Johnny in December 2018.
Nicola Harris, CEO, Click Foundation comments: “Johnny represented all that is great about South Africa, leading from the front he used his music to show how social barriers and prejudice can be broken. He recognised that education was a key component of a brighter, non-racial future for all South Africans.
We are honoured to have had his support and to carry his legacy forward in the work that we do implementing online English literacy programmes in underprivileged primary schools across the country. We are thrilled to be a beneficiary of his Tribute concert and look forward to celebrating his life on the day”.
The primary focus of the Click Foundation is the implementation of an online phonetics-based English literacy programme in over 160 underprivileged primary schools, reaching more than 100,000 learners.
The programme offers young learners the opportunity to work at their own pace through fun and exciting activities, navigating their learning journey by means of technology. In doing so, they not only address the literacy crisis but also equip young learners with the technological skills required for future success in our digital-first world.
Furthermore, they have created over 350 jobs for youth facilitators from the communities surrounding their schools. www.clickfoundation.co.za
Tickets for Johnny Clegg – The Tribute Show are available from Computicket.
Adult General: R425
Children (under 12): R225
Children (under 12): R325
VIP Adult: R1600
VIP Children (under 12): R1600
Official secure parking from 09h00 will be available at Roosevelt High School and can be purchased for R25 per vehicle via Computicket. Access is via the entry gate on c/o Thomas Bowler Street and 5th Avenue.
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