Johnny Clegg, a South African Music icon released this song in 1993, known as "The Crossing". Clegg, who suffered a great deal of criticism throughout his career for his liberal music approach to a conservative South African regime under Apartheid, believed in music as the ability to connect people. The Crossing, this song,was released at the height of a very uncertain time in South Africa... Nelson Mandela would go on to become our State President following South Africa's first Democratic elections after being released from captivity in 1990, and with it abolishing apartheid. "The Crossing", released by Clegg in 1993 set the scene, and soundtrack to a society that was changing. Sung partly in English and Zulu, one of the officially recognised native languages, formed part of the lyrics - optimism filled the country and Clegg, together with a handful of other local artists played the backdrop to a changing South Africa.
In 2015, Clegg was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer and whilst undergoing treatment, announced a final 'Live Tour' in commeration to a musical career that spanned decades through immense change in our country.
Earlier this year, his son, Jesse Clegg together with a 100 respected local artists came together in tribute to sing "The Crossing... And whilst this clip insert, sung in Acapella captures the very essence, so too does it capture the essence of Clegg as an entertainer, and more importantly the values of South Africa today, free of race, creed, colour or identity.
A true South African.
Now on his own journey; the same lyrics from 25 years ago carries a different, yet striking message: "We are coming, we will arrive soon.
We are coming, moving across this Earth.
We are crossing over those dark mountains,
Where we will lay down our troubles." For the full video of this rendition, spearheaded by Jesse his son and the artists who've contributed, search YouTube for "The Crossing - Friends of Johnny Clegg". For more, visit http://www.friendsofjohnnyclegg.co.za
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