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by Brett Schewitz
 

Multi-award winning and internationally acclaimed South African musician, Johnny Clegg, is set to release his highly anticipated new album, Human. The follow-up to 2007's One Life is a mix between socio-political, cultural, and personal songs.

As one would come to expect with Clegg's music, this album presents a range of styles from rock & pop, to celtic, to traditional African dance music. Clegg, who is currently celebrating his 30th anniversary as a professional musician, has spent his career fusing rock & pop music with traditional African music, the reason for which he received the nickname "Le Zoulou Blanc" (White Zulu) from the people of France, a country in which he has sold several million records.

Human was recorded at ICP Studios in Brussels. Normally taking on the role of producer himself, Clegg this time decided to employ the production skills of Nicolas Fiszman, a bassist from Brussels with whom Clegg worked on Juluka's reunion album, Crocodile Love (1996). Also featured on the record is arguably South Africa's best blues guitarist, Dan Patlansky, as well as the two-time Grammy Award winning group, Soweto Gospel Choir. The album ends off with a traditional Bhaca dancing song, called "Magumede", a song to which Clegg used to dance when he was just 16 years old.

was recorded at ICP Studios in Brussels. Normally taking on the role of producer himself, Clegg this time decided to employ the production skills of Nicolas Fiszman, a bassist from Brussels with whom Clegg worked on Juluka's reunion album, Crocodile Love (1996). Also featured on the record is arguably South Africa's best blues guitarist, Dan Patlansky, as well as the two-time Grammy Award winning group, Soweto Gospel Choir. The album ends off with a traditional Bhaca dancing song, called "Magumede", a song to which Clegg used to dance when he was just 16 years old.

Johnny Clegg is one of South Africa's most celebrated musicians. He has sold more than five million records internationally and won countless awards, including awards from The Mayor Of Los Angeles, The French Government, Secretary Of State Of Ohio and various awards in South Africa. He has performed for the likes of Nelson Mandela and has collaborated with artists such as Peter Gabriel. Several of Clegg's albums have been awarded platinum and gold status.

Human will be released in Australia by Universal Music on August 29 2011.

will be released in Australia by Universal Music on August 29 2011.
Quick Facts
  • Human is a mix between socio-political, cultural, and personal songs.
  • Album presents a range of styles from rock & pop, to celtic, to traditional African dance music.
  • Currently celebrating his 30th anniversary as a professional musician.
  • Human was recorded at ICP Studios in Brussels.
  • Album produced by Nicolas Fiszman (Devine & Statton, Khadja Nin)
  • Album features Dan Patlansky and Grammy Award winning Soweto Gospel Choir
  • Clegg has sold more than 5 million records
  • Several albums have been awarded platinum and gold status
  • Has performed for Nelson Mandela and collaborated with Peter Gabriel
 
 
 
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Posted by Brett Schewitz
26 Aug 2011



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