Johnny Clegg set to rock 'em Down Under

Edward Tsumele

Edward Tsumele

South Africans with friends and relatives living in Australia and New Zealand now have the opportunity to give them the ultimate gift - tickets to concerts by our very own Johnny Clegg who will tour Down Under in May and June.

Clegg is one of SA's most famous sons. His music, rooted in Africa, resonates strongly with locals, expatriates and new converts alike.

He and his band will perform at the PCEC Riverside Theatre in Perth on May 21; at the Palais Theatre in Melbourne on May 25; at the Sydney State Theatre on May 26; at the QPAC in Brisbane on May 28; at the St James Opera Hall in Wellington on May 30 and at the Auckland Town Hall on June 1.

Collectively, these venues can seat more than 10000 people. It is hoped that crowds will turn out in their numbers to see "the White Zulu" at full throttle. Clegg enjoyed great success during his previous tour in 2005.

This time around, he will be supported by as yet an unnamed opening act during his performances. Audiences can expect a full 90 minutes of this iconic singer-songwriter and his knockout band.

High-energy Zulu dance routines and classic Clegg, Juluka and Savuka hits such as Impi, Scatterlings of Africa and Asimbonanga will be interspersed with newer material. This will result in distinctly South African and immensely entertaining shows.

During a career spanning more than 30 years, Clegg has had an impact not only on South African music, but world music in general. His efforts have fostered an awareness and appreciation of indigenous sounds on the global stage.

He defied South Africa's segregation laws to forge a hybrid of Western pop and Zulu musical structure that, to this day, strikes a chord with audiences of all hues.

Having penned several hits and receiving numerous awards - including being named Knight of Arts and Letters by the French government - Clegg continues to make music and tour extensively, playing to rapturous crowds. locally and abroad.

South Africans will be pleased to hear that exchange control rules enable them to purchase tickets on the Internet as a gift for their loved ones and friends for Clegg's performances in Australia and New Zealand. They can use their South African credit cards.

The process is simple: log onto and follow the link for any of the performances. Follow an easy log-in process and proceed to book the required ticket/s.