Origine du Groupe : South Africa , Zulu Nation
Style : Alternative , World Music
Sortie : 2010
Over the last three decades, English-born, South African-raised Johnny Clegg has built a worldwide following through his fusion of his adopted homeland's traditional music with contemporary instrumentation and accessible lyrics of personal and political expression. Now Clegg has chosen to release Human, his first U.S. CD in 17 years, on the Appleseed label, known for its roster of musical activists (Pete Seeger, Ireland's Tommy Sands, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Sweet Honey in the Rock and others).
Human builds on Clegg's critically acclaimed, massive-selling success with eleven original songs (and a traditional tune) that epitomize his spirit and intensity through yearningly sung lyrics of love and turmoil conveyed by kinetic modern musicianship with an ever-present South African lilt. This is a sound that was embraced by millions of fascinated fans of Paul Simon's Graceland and Peter Gabriel's "Biko" years after Clegg first mixed the ingredients from an insider's point of view.
Clegg's songs portray the possibilities of love during wartime ("Love in the Time of Gaza," "The World is Calling"), the ache of a distant lover ("All I Got is You"), frustration at the lack of progress in South Africa ("Asilazi," "Congo"), tentative new beginnings ("Here Comes That Feeling Again"), the contrast between "haves" and "have nots" ("Hidden Away Down"), the desire for a better life ("Gimme the Wonder"), and tribal anecdotes ("Nyembezi," which starts delicately before reaching a savage electric guitar solo at its conclusion, and "Magumede"). Johnny tells these stories in a yearning tenor, using Zulu and English lyrics and a band that backs his own guitars, keyboards and concertina with dynamically varied, mostly electric instrumentation and strong pop/rock melodies that retain an ethnic undercurrent.
In the late'70s, Clegg and fellow musician Sipho Mchunu formed Juluka, South Africa's first interracial band, which recorded two platinum and five gold records in their six year span while defying local airplay censorship and performance bans (and earning Clegg arrests and detentions during Apartheid for violating segregation laws). Clegg continued his Afro/modern fusion with his next band, Savuka, which shared similar problems at home but established Clegg as an international star abroad, netting the band a Grammy nomination as "Best World Music Album" in 1993 for their Heat, Dust and Dreams album.
1. - love in the timle of gaza (4:42)
2. - the world is calling (3:37)
3. - all i got is you (3:56)
4. - asilazi (4:08)
5. - give me the wonder (3:38)
6. - congo (2:55)
7. - here comes that feeling again (4:19)
8. - hidden away down (3:44)
9. - i know that sound (4:02)
10 - manqoba the victorious (4:50)
11 - nyembezi tears (4:49)
12 - magumede (2:48)