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‘There are moments in life that are pure, and which seem to hang in the air, unhitched from the everyday world as we know it. Suspended for a few seconds, they
float in their own space and time with their own hidden prospects. For want of a
better term, we call these moments “magical” and when we remember them they are
cloaked in a halo of special meaning.’
For 14-year-old Johnny Clegg, hearing Zulu street music as plucked on the strings of a guitar by Charlie Mzila one evening outside a corner café in Bellevue, Johannesburg, was one such ‘magical’ moment.
The success story of Juluka and later Savuka, and the cross-cultural celebration of music, language, story, dance and song that stirred the hearts of millions across the world, is well documented. Their music was the soundtrack to many South Africans’ lives during the turbulent 70s and 80s as the country moved from legislated oppression to democratic freedom. It crossed borders, boundaries and generations, resonating around the world and back again. Less known is the story of how it all began and developed.
Scatterling of Africa is that origin story, as Johnny Clegg wrote it and wanted it told. It is the story of how the son of an unconventional mother, grandson of Jewish immigrants, came to realise that identity can be a choice, and home is a place you leave and return to as surely as the seasons change.
First of all, a great thank you to Readers Warehouse for making the postage possible to Germany in time for the release date. I could not have been happier. It was here right in time.
And then what a wonderful book to read. It brings up a lot of memories. A must read for every Johnny Clegg fan!!!
I have been a fan of Johnny Clegg music since late 2020.
I brought this book to give to my friend who introduced me to Johnnys music.
I had a joyous time reading “Scattering of Africa”. It taught me more than what Wikipedia had written
A beautifully written book that sounded just like how Johnny Clegg would speak during the many concerts I attended. The book gave a great deal of information about many aspects of his early life including the effects of family and other life experiences. It also addressed very important and interesting aspect of the cultural climate as well as Zulu life. I am only sad that he died before writing about life after this book. I will treasure it and Johnny Clegg for the rest of my life.