After nearly 40 years in the music industry, one of SA’s finest and iconic singers, Johnny Clegg is ready to hang the mic.
Johnny’s retirement comes after almost 4 decades on stage. The musician who was diagnosed with cancer in 2015 is currently in remission following chemotherapy.
Thus, Johnny saw the need to take a break from it all to allow him to spend more time with his family and also write his autobiography.
His management confirmed that the singer is ready to take some time off to be able to do things that his tight schedule didn’t allow him to do.
“Johnny is taking time off to write his autobiography and spend time with his family and do the things he hasn’t been able to do due to an incredible work schedule,” said his manager Roddy Quin.
Even though he has decided to retire from the industry, Johnny is not going to leave his fans high and dry. Therefore, he plans to bid a proper farewell by hosting one last national and international tour.
Apparently, there’s no better way to thank fans for the overwhelming support than one last dance.
“This will be my final set of public performances for my fans in SA and around the world. I am immensely excited to be able to bring to them an autobiographical, audiovisual and intimate account of my life through my music and The Dance,” Johnny said.
Johnny’s last tour is dubbed The Final Journey. During the tour, the Asimbonanga hitmaker will bring his illustrious career to life in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban before heading overseas to London and Dubai for the international leg.
The tour will be built around the singer’s unparalleled repertoire of songs which began with the release of Juluka’s Universal Men in 1979 and his more recent solo work, Real Concerts said in an official statement.
Johnny Clegg has done remarkably well in his career and has received several honours, doctorates and orders including the Order of Ikhamanga.
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa described him as a “national treasure”.
“Johnny Clegg is more than just one of this country’s finest musicians and entertainers. He is a national treasure who has brought together all South Africans and reminded us of what makes us great as a country,” said Ramaphosa.
Here are the dates for Johnny Clegg’s final tour;
July 1 – Grandwest Arena, Cape Town
July 7 and 8 – Montecasino, Johannesburg
July 29 – Durban ICC Arena, Durban
August 19 – Eventim Apollo, London
September 20 – Dubai Opera, Dubai
Booking for the South African dates of Clegg’s Final Journey World Tour opens today, April 25. Tickets start from R375.