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Johnny Clegg to perform at the Lisner Auditorium

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Grammy-winning South African musician Johnny Clegg is scheduled to perform at the Lisner Auditorium on Saturday March 29, at 8:00 p.m. This is a part of his extensive U.S.A. tour.

Johnny Clegg was a strong advocate for the end of apartheid, and is considered a cultural ambassador for South Africa. His songs mix Zulu with English lyrics and African with various Western music styles and have endeared him to a faithful fan base.

His first album, 'Universal Men', received no airplay because his band, Juluka (formed with Zulu musician, Sipho Mchunu), was made up of several races and it was illegal for racially mixed bands to perform in South Africa during apartheid. The band was very popular, playing politically charged songs that got them arrested several times. Internationally they were a hit and built up a tremendous following around the world.

After that group disbanded, he formed another group, Savuka, which proved to be an equally popular group (so popular that Michael Jackson had to cancel a show in Lyon, France, as he attracted a smaller audience than Johnny Clegg and Savuka). Savuka's last album 'Heat, Dust and Dreams' was nominated for a 1993 Grammy Award for best album in the category of World Music.

Clegg's song, 'Scatterlings of Africa' was on the 'Rain Man' soundtrack, while 'Dela' was featured on the soundtrack of the film 'George of the Jungle'.

His energy on stage is wonderful and the mixed genre of music unique enough to be both exciting and entertaining.

To purchase your tickets, visit the Lisner Auditoriuam website or call 202-994-6800. You can also email them at lisner@gwu.edu. To learn more about Johnny Clegg, or follow him on tour, visit his Facebook page, and his official website.

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