In My African Dream

In My African Dream

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by Johnny Clegg & Savuka
     
 

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Globally, Clegg is probably best recalled for "Scatterlings of Africa," understandably the leadoff track here. If not his manifesto (which was established long before his international fame), it makes his point, the mixing of rock and Zulu music, quite succinctly and wonderfully -- and he was doing it long before it became fashionable (indeed,See more details below

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Globally, Clegg is probably best recalled for "Scatterlings of Africa," understandably the leadoff track here. If not his manifesto (which was established long before his international fame), it makes his point, the mixing of rock and Zulu music, quite succinctly and wonderfully -- and he was doing it long before it became fashionable (indeed, while it was illegal under South Africa's apartheid laws). You can't say this is a perfect best-of, by any means, but it does include the lovely "Take My Heart Away" and "Great Heart," which would later be covered by Jimmy Buffett. The a cappella version of "Dela" highlights the gorgeous harmonies in a manner similar to Ladysmith Black Mambazo, while "Asimbonanga (Mandela)" is a tribute to the man who would be South Africa's new leader, and a real hero. So, even if this doesn't have seminal Clegg material like "Waza Friday" and "Impi," it's still a very decent collection. Johnny Clegg & Savuka were always about more than the music, however; they put it together politically, too, a huge act of defiance that was reflected in the lyrics and sound. As the man said, think and dance.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/26/2005
Label:
Emi Europe Generic
UPC:
0724383007325
catalogNumber:
830073
Rank:
50050

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Clegg & Savuka   Primary Artist
Johnny Clegg   Indexed Contributor,Concertina,Vocals,Multi Instruments
Kenny Aronoff   Drums
Eric Bazilian   Mandolin
Mark Goldenberg   Guitar
Keith Hutchinson   Flute,Keyboards,Saxophone,Background Vocals
Andrew Innes   Guitar,Mandolin,Background Vocals
Victor Masondo   Bass Guitar
John Pierce   Bass
Hilton Rosenthal   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Savuka   Track Performer
Bobby Summerfield   Percussion,Keyboards,Tambourine
Eric Rigler   Bagpipes
Derek de Beer   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Solly Letwaba   Background Vocals
Steve Mavuso   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Cedric Samson   Drums,Background Vocals
Mandise Dlanga   Background Vocals
Jabu Mavuso   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Johnny Clegg   Composer,Producer
Hilton Rosenthal   Producer
Savuka   Contributor
Bobby Summerfield   Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Peter Thwaites   Engineer
Don Was   Producer
Solly Letwaba   Contributor
Cedric Samson   Producer
Fernando Perdigao   Engineer
Phil Delire   Engineer

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