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Emperor's Palace has scheduled an entertainment line up to remember as it celebrates its 10th Birthday and a host of incredible milestones. An Emperor's Palace celebration would not be complete without featuring a regular to the casino resort - Johnny Clegg will be presenting his new production HEART OF THE DANCER, a show outlining milestones of this incredible South African artists own career at the resort from the 4th to the 14th of December 2008.

Johnny Clegg is known for his live and energetic stage performances. HEART OF THE DANCER is a show looking at the role of dance in Clegg's career and how certain songs were shifted towards choreographic presentations when they were played live. It also looks at the history of one particular dance which became widely used in the Juluka and Savuka periods. The body of the show also includes all of Clegg's classic repertoire as well as work from his ONE LIFE album.

By combining African music structures with Celtic folk music and international rock sounds, Clegg - together with Juluka, Savuka and as a solo artist - pioneered a new and unique sound, establishing himself as South Africa's biggest musical export. From Europe to the US, from Australia to France, audiences in sold out venues have danced to Cruel, Crazy Beautiful World, Crocodile Love, I Call Your Name, Take My Heart Away, Woza Friday, Scatterlings Of Africa, Impi, Spirit of the Great Heart and African Sky Blue.

Tickets for the show at the Palace of Dreams are priced from R150-00 and are available from Computicket or the Emperor's Palace Box Office. Computicket can be contacted on 083 915 8000 or visit their website at www.computicket.com for more information

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JOHNNY CLEGG
HEART OF THE DANCER


Johnny Clegg will be presenting a new production HEART OF THE DANCER at the Cape Town ICC.

Johnny Clegg is known for his live and energetic stage performances. HEART OF THE DANCER is a show looking at the role of dance in Clegg's career and how certain songs were shifted towards choreographic presentations when they were played live. It also looks at the history of one particular dance which became widely used in the Juluka and Savuka periods. The body of the show also includes all of Clegg's classic repertoire as well as work from his ONE LIFE album.

By combining African music structures with Celtic folk music and international rock sounds, Clegg - together with Juluka, Savuka and as a solo artist - pioneered a new and unique sound, establishing himself as South Africa's biggest musical export. From Europe to the US, from Australia to France, audiences in sold out venues have danced to Cruel, Crazy Beautiful World, Crocodile Love, I Call Your Name, Take My Heart Away, Woza Friday, Scatterlings Of Africa, Impi, Spirit of the Great Heart and African Sky Blue.

Don't miss these shows!!

Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town 12 & 13 September 2008

Tickets are priced from R150-00 and are available from Computicket. Call them on 083 915 8000 or visit their website at www.computicket.com for more information

JOHNNY CLEGG, born in Rochdale, England in 1953 (June 8th) was raised in his mother's native land of Zimbabwe before immigrating to Johannesburg, South Africa at the age of seven.

At the age of 14, Johnny began to learn to play the guitar. He met CHARLIE MZILA, a Zulu flat cleaner who played Zulu street guitar music near Clegg's home. For two years Johnny learned the fundamentals of Zulu music and traditional Zulu INHLANGWINI dancing with Charlie.

He teamed up with SIPHO MCHUNU, a migrant Zulu worker who had come up to Johannesburg in 1969 looking for work. Together they performed, often subjected to racial abuse, threats of violence and police harassment. When Johnny finished his schooling he went to University, graduating with a BA (Hons) in Social Anthropology and pursued an academic career for four years lecturing at the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of Natal.

In 1976 Johnny and Sipho secured a major recording deal and had their first hit sing entitled, "Woza Friday" written by Johnny. The formation of Juluka, meaning "sweat" in Zulu, was in total contravention of the Cultural Segregation laws of the time, which emphasized the separation of language, race and culture. Their music was subjected to censorship and banning and their only way to access an audience was through live touring. In late 1979 their first album "Universal Men" was released.

The early 80's saw the release of several more Juluka albums until the band split in 1985 - Sipho went back to his farm in Zululand where he was born.

In 1986 Johnny went on to form another crossover band "SAVUKA" (We have risen), creating a broader based mixture of african and international rock and Pop music. By the end of 87 Savuka was the leading world music group touring the francophone countries.

Greater success lay waiting in the phenomenal record sales that began to consolidate in 1988. By the end of 1989, Savuka had sold over 1 million records of their debut album and their second album was reaching 700,000 units. In an incredible moment on the album and singles charts, Savuka held the #1 and #2 position on the album charts with the 1st and second album at the same time, and on the singles charts held the #1 and #7 position with their singles " Asimbonanga " and "Scatterlings of Africa". The band broke up in 1994.

Johnny and Sipho decided to record one last album as Juluka in the New South Africa. "YA VUKA INKUNZI" was released in 1997.

In October 2002 Johnny Clegg embarked on a solo career and released "New World Survivor" and "One Life" in 2006. One Life features Thamela, Clegg's first ever Zulu-Afrikaans crossover song as well as his first song written in three languages - French, Zulu and English - Faut Pas Baisser Les Bras. The Revolution Will Eat It's Children (Anthem for Uncle Bob) is aimed at Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe. Clegg notes how much he - and the international community - respected Nelson Mandela's decision to step down at the end of his term as president. The suggestion in the song is that some other African rulers succumb to their lust for power rather than stepping down gracefully.

Says Clegg of his latest album: "We are all given one life which is precious and unique. At the same time all life on the planet is interlinked and connected into a single planetary force. The private and political choices we make affect how our one life influences the greater whole and so the songs look at the politics of betrayal, love, power, masculinity, the feminine, survival and work. Our one life is connected to the One Life. We each have a story to tell and many of the songs take on a narrative structure to emphasise the story telling nature of how we make meaning in the world."

Johnny Clegg's community website http://www.scatterlingsclub.com/ features a monthly newsletter from Johnny Clegg, a series of documentary DVD's on Zulu Guitar music, Zulu war dancing, many other cultural artifacts from Zulu fighting sticks, pots and other items which shape Johnny Clegg's life as well as all the standard CD's, DVD's, T-shirts, caps, jackets and other products related to his music - some of which are only available from this website.

Johnny Clegg Live at Nelson Mandela Theatre is now available on DVD, and features some of the old favorites as well as some of the new songs from One Life album.


DUE TO PUBLIC DEMAND, AN EXTRA SHOW HAS BEEN ADDED ON SUNDAY 29TH JUNE AT 6PM - DON'T MISS THIS LAST SHOW OF Johnny Clegg'S HEART OF THE DANCER !!
BOOK NOW AT COMPUTICKET.www.computicket.comvetseun
Johnny will be returning from London, where he is performing on Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday celebration concert at Hyde Park, to perform the last of the HEART OF THE DANCER shows on Sunday 29th June at the Civic Theatre.

The media have had this to say about JOHNNY CLEGG'S HEART OF THE DANCER:-
"Clegg's cultural calabash a delight" By Diane De Beer (Star Tonight)
"Clegg keeps it real" By Natalie Bosman (Citizen CitiVibe)
"Johnny Clegg has still got 'it' " - Ndaba Dlamini (www.joburg.org.za)
"Like so many good Johnny Clegg hits, his latest show Heart Of The Dancer is emotional ad inspiring and leaves the listener with that unbeatable feel-good felling"

Johnny Clegg has still got 'it'
Written by Ndaba Dlamini
Thursday, 19 June 2008

Johnny Clegg has been enthralling audiences around the world for the better part of three decades, and he is not tired yet, as his latest offering, Heart Of The Dancer, shows.

Johnny Clegg has always been breathtaking on stage, but his latest concert - on at the Johannesburg Civic Theatre - takes the cake.

Performed against a kaleidoscopic backdrop of rustic scenes, Heart Of The Dancer takes audiences back to the days when Zulu impis scoured the plains a century ago right up to contemporary times of Zulu migrant workers dancing to maskandi at urban men-only hostels.

The dance is electrifying and Clegg does not disappoint with his energetic singing. Heart Of The Dancer looks at the role of dance in Clegg's musical career and how certain songs were shifted towards choreographic presentations when they were performed live.

The show, which opened to much acclaim on Wednesday, 18 June, also looks at the history of one particular dance, the indlamu, which was widely used in Clegg's Juluka and Savuka incarnations. The show includes songs from his old repertoire as well as tunes from his latest solo album, One Life.

A lesson in Zulu history and dance is taught when "The White Zulu" performs Impi, one of the audience's favourites. Clegg goes back to the historic Battle of Isandlwana, where a Zulu impi defeated a British force at the foot of the mountain of Isandlwana, in KwaZulu-Natal, in the late 19th century.

The song is performed by Clegg, backed by a Zulu dance troupe performing the war dance interspersed with the indlamu, a traditional Zulu dance where the dancer lifts one foot high up over his head and brings it down with a heavy thump.

Another Zulu dance was born out of the motor car - the ibhampi. In this dance, the dancer lightly "bumps" his foot down, similar to a car hitting a bump in the road. It infuses a lighter form of the indlamu, and the bended foot is lifted just high enough for it to make a thumping sound on the ground.

Hostel life
Then there is the inqo-nqo, which developed later, when Zulu dancers performed in crowded hostels for entertainment. Because of limited space in these dwellings, the indlamu was redefined, with the foot lifted just high enough not to kick the person in front. It is then brought down to make a "nqo!" sound. Immediately the foot is square on the ground, the dancer throws himself back on to his bottom.

With the audience clamouring for more, Clegg upped his performance a notch with Ibhola Lethu, a Juluka standard from the early 1980s that tells about South African soccer. In this song, dancers square up to outdo each on the dance floor, accompanied by thumping drums.

The show also takes a swipe at the political drama unfolding in South Africa's northern neighbour. Clegg performs his latest song, The Revolution Will Eat It's Children (Anthem for Uncle Bob), with a huge screen in the background flashing scenes of Robert Mugabe as president of a prosperous country, moving to a president on the path of self-destruction.

Heart Of The Dancer is on at the Nelson Mandela Theatre at the Civic Theatre complex until 29 June 2008. Tickets go for R150 and are available at Computicket outlets, on 083 915 8000, or through the Computicket website - www.computicket.com

For more information on the show, call Jeanette Odgers on 011 482 3550. The Johannesburg Civic Theatre is on Loveday Street, in Braamfontein.

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LIVEAT NELSON MANDELA THEATRE

JOHNNY CLEGG will be presenting a new production at the Civic Theatre performing songs that have spanned his career - including an intimate unplugged section in the show as well as his full live band and dancers.

By combining African music structures with Celtic folk music and international rock sounds, Clegg - together with Juluka, Savuka and as a solo artist - pioneered a new and unique sound, establishing himself as South Africa's biggest musical export. From Europe to the US, from Australia to France, audiences in sold out venues have danced to Cruel, Crazy Beautiful World, Crocodile Love, I Call Your Name, Take My Heart Away, Woza Friday, Scatterlings Of Africa, Impi, Spirit of the Great Heart and African Sky Blue.

Don't miss these shows!!

Jhb, Nelson Mandela Theatre at Civic Theatre Complex
Wednesday 18th to Wednesday 25th June 2008


Tickets are priced from R140-00 and are available from Computicket. Call them on 083 915 8000 or visit their website at www.computicket.com for more information

JOHNNY CLEGG, born in Rochdale, England in 1953 (June 8th) was raised in his mother's native land of Zimbabwe before immigrating to Johannesburg, South Africa at the age of seven.

At the age of 14, Johnny began to learn to play the guitar. He met CHARLIE MZILA, a Zulu flat cleaner who played Zulu street guitar music near Clegg's home. For two years Johnny learned the fundamentals of Zulu music and traditional Zulu INHLANGWINI dancing with Charlie.

He teamed up with SIPHO MCHUNU, a migrant Zulu worker who had come up to Johannesburg in 1969 looking for work. Together they performed, often subjected to racial abuse, threats of violence and police harassment. When Johnny finished his schooling he went to University, graduating with a BA (Hons) in Social Anthropology and pursued an academic career for four years lecturing at the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of Natal.

In 1976 Johnny and Sipho secured a major recording deal and had their first hit sing entitled, "Woza Friday" written by Johnny. The formation of Juluka, meaning "sweat" in Zulu, was in total contravention of the Cultural Segregation laws of the time, which emphasized the separation of language, race and culture. Their music was subjected to censorship and banning and their only way to access an audience was through live touring. In late 1979 their first album "Universal Men" was released.

The early 80's saw the release of several more Juluka albums until the band split in 1985 - Sipho went back to his farm in Zululand where he was born.

In 1986 Johnny went on to form another crossover band "SAVUKA" (We have risen), creating a broader based mixture of african and international rock and Pop music. By the end of 87 Savuka was the leading world music group touring the francophone countries.

Greater success lay waiting in the phenomenal record sales that began to consolidate in 1988. By the end of 1989, Savuka had sold over 1 million records of their debut album and their second album was reaching 700,000 units. In an incredible moment on the album and singles charts, Savuka held the #1 and #2 position on the album charts with the 1st and second album at the same time, and on the singles charts held the #1 and #7 position with their singles " Asimbonanga " and "Scatterlings of Africa". The band broke up in 1994.

Johnny and Sipho decided to record one last album as Juluka in the New South Africa. "YA VUKA INKUNZI" was released in 1997.

In October 2002 Johnny Clegg embarked on a solo career and released "New World Survivor" and "One Life" in 2006. One Life features Thamela, Clegg's first ever Zulu-Afrikaans crossover song as well as his first song written in three languages - French, Zulu and English - Faut Pas Baisser Les Bras. The Revolution Will Eat It's Children (Anthem for Uncle Bob) is aimed at Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe. Clegg notes how much he - and the international community - respected Nelson Mandela's decision to step down at the end of his term as president. The suggestion in the song is that some other African rulers succumb to their lust for power rather than stepping down gracefully.

Says Clegg of his latest album: "We are all given one life which is precious and unique. At the same time all life on the planet is interlinked and connected into a single planetary force. The private and political choices we make affect how our one life influences the greater whole and so the songs look at the politics of betrayal, love, power, masculinity, the feminine, survival and work. Our one life is connected to the One Life. We each have a story to tell and many of the songs take on a narrative structure to emphasise the story telling nature of how we make meaning in the world."

Johnny Clegg's community website www.scatterlingsclub.com features a monthly newsletter from Johnny Clegg, a series of documentary DVD's on Zulu Guitar music, Zulu war dancing, many other cultural artifacts from Zulu fighting sticks, pots and other items which shape Johnny Clegg's life as well as all the standard CD's, DVD's, T-shirts, caps, jackets and other products related to his music - some of which are only available from this website.

Johnny Clegg Live at Nelson Mandela Theatre is now available on DVD, and features some of the old favorites as well as some of the new songs from One Life album.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- JOHNNY CLEGG ONE LIFE IN CAPE TOWN & JOHANNESBURG

DUE TO PUBLIC DEMAND TWO EXTRA SHOWS ADDED IN CAPE TOWN!!!!

Cape Town, ICC Auditorium
Friday 8th June - 21:00
Saturday 9th June - 18:30 & 21:00

Tickets are priced from R150-00 (excl. service charge) and are available from Computicket. Call them on 083 915 8000 or visit their website at www.computicket.com for more information

Johnny Clegg will return to South Africa for a week between his European tour to perform his latest show One Life in Cape Town in June. For his Johannesburg fans, shows will take place at Emperor's Palace in December.

Clegg will be performing songs from his new album of the same name as well as his most popular songs from the past.

Johnny will be performing at Cape Town ICC Auditorium on Saturday, June 9, in a show not-to-be-missed. Due to public demand an extra show has been added at 18:30.

94.5 Kfm is proud to be the host of Johnny Clegg's new theatre show ONE LIFE in Cape Town. Says 94.5 Kfm's Programme Manager, Clive Ridgway: "Johnny Clegg is a great friend of the station. We realise just how popular he is in our city and on the back of our recent Sundown Session with Johnny as the featuring artist and the amazing sell out of the show in just 19 hours, we are extremely proud to be associated with him and his latest show."

Following the Cape Town show, Johnny returns to Europe for an extensive touring period from June to November, returning for a two week run at Emperor's Palace, Johannesburg from 6th to 16th December.vetseunOne Life features Thamela, Clegg's first ever Zulu-Afrikaans crossover song as well as his first song written in three languages - French, Zulu and English - Faut Pas Baisser Les Bras. The Revolution Will Eat It's Children (Anthem for Uncle Bob) is aimed at Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe. Clegg notes how much he - and the international community - respected Nelson Mandela's decision to step down at the end of his term as president. The suggestion in the song is that some other African rulers succumb to their lust for power rather than stepping down gracefully.

Says Clegg of his latest album: "We are all given one life which is precious and unique. At the same time all life on the planet is interlinked and connected into a single planetary force. The private and political choices we make affect how our one life influences the greater whole and so the songs look at the politics of betrayal, love, power, masculinity, the feminine, survival and work. Our one life is connected to the One Life. We each have a story to tell and many of the songs take on a narrative structure to emphasise the story telling nature of how we make meaning in the world."

By combining African music structures with Celtic folk music and international rock sounds, Clegg - together with Juluka, Savuka and as a solo artist - pioneered a new and unique sound, establishing himself as South Africa's biggest musical export. From Europe to the US, from Australia to France, audiences in sold out venues have danced to Cruel, Crazy Beautiful World, Crocodile Love, I Call Your Name, Take My Heart Away, Woza Friday, Scatterlings Of Africa, Impi, Spirit of the Great Heart and African Sky Blue.

Ticket prices, excluding service charge, range from R150 to R250 and are available from Computicket. Call them on 083 915 8000 or visit their website at www.computicket.com for more information.

Cape Town, ICC Auditorium
Saturday 9th June - 6.30pm & 9pm
Tickets are priced from R150-00 (excl. service charge) and are available from Computicket. Call them on 083 915 8000 or visit their website at www.computicket.com for more information

Johannesburg,Theatre of Marcellus at Emperor's Palace
Thursday 6th December to Sunday 16th December
(Thu & Fri at 8.30pm; Sat 6pm & 9pm; Sun 3pm)

Tickets are priced from R155-00and are available from Computicket. Call them on 083 915 8000 or visit their website at www.computicket.com for more information


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