British-South African musician and anthropologist Jonathan “Johnny” Clegg, 65, had the honour recently of seeing 50 friends and admirers, fine musicians all of them, come together to honour him with a remake of his hit track “The Crossing,” off his “Heat, Dust and Dreams” album released in 1993.
In the days of his powers, Johnny Clegg, had toured the world and wowed millions with his masterly delivery and tracks such as “Africa,” “Asimbonanga,” “Jongosi,” “Asilazi,” “One Man One Vote,” “King of Time,” and of course “The Crossing,” which has just been remade.Source: GraemeSmith/ Instagram
Among the artistes who collaborated in the remake of “The Crossing” are: Andre Venter, Andy Mac, Anna Davel, Ard Matthews, Arno Carstens, Bobby van Jaarsveld, Corlea, Craig Hinds, Craig Lucas, Dan Patlansky, Dave Matthews, David Kramer, Dorothy Masuka, Elvis Blue, Emo Adams, Francois van Coke, Franja du Plessis, Gloria Bosman, Jason Hartman, Jimmy Nevis, Juanita du Plessis, Judith Sephuma, Karen Zoid and Kahn Morbe
Others are: Karlien van Jaarsveld, Kurt Darren, Laudo Liebenberg, Lira, Majozi, Mike Rutherford, Paige Mac, Patricia Lewis, Peter Gabriel, Ross Learmonth, Somizi Stompie Ernesta Manana, Thandeka Campher, Thembeka Mnguni, Tresor Riziki, Vicky Sampson, Victor Masondo, Vusi Mahlasela, Yati Khumalo, Jack Parow, Zolani Mahola, and of course “Breathing” mastermind Jesse Clegg, Johnny Clegg’s son.
Johnny Clegg was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015. The news of the remake of “The Crossing” got many worried, as they imagined the singer was dead. He isn’t.
Honoured, Johnny Clegg took to Twitter to show his appreciation. His tweet reads: “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.”
His son Jesse was a part of the song to honour his father. He also took to Twitter to thank the artistes and organizations who took part in the song. Songs raised from the song will, according to him, be used to improve literacy and computer skills among young underprivileged students through the foundation known as Friends of Johnny Clegg.
As of this writing the remake of “The Crossing” has raised about R65,000 in donations. Watch the remake of the “The Crossing” below and join the conversation by dropping your thoughts in the comment section.