Star-studded line-up of performers set to pay tribute to the iconic Johnny Clegg at once-off concert

Johnny Clegg was one of the most prolific and talented artists in South African history, which is why his death in 2019 left the country in mourning. 

The anthropologist and songwriter captured the hearts of a nation, and now a tribute concert will take place at the Emmarentia Botanical Gardens in Johannesburg. 

The event will feature fellow musicians that will commemorate his life and his musical career including the likes of Prime Circle, Just Jinjer, Karen Zoid, Black Coffee, Soweto Gospel Choir, Sipho Hotstix Mabuse, Francois van Coke, Jesse Clegg, Cito from Wonderboom, Zolani Mahola, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Majozi, Kurt Darren, Young Mbazo, The Parlotones, Lira, Arno Carstens and Matthew Mole. 

Paying homage to a unique partnership that started back in the early 70's, Johnny's long-time friend, Sipho Mchunu (from Juluka-fame) will also be making a special appearance; as well as Ella Mental and éVOID (who are especially flying in from London) - both of which performed alongside Johnny at the Ellis Park Stadium iconic Concert in the Park in 1985; as well as Bright Blue. 

About the concert, Jenny Clegg says: "Jesse, Jaron and I are incredibly excited and proud to be able to celebrate Johnny's life on 25 April with a day of music and togetherness. For someone who was so passionate about human connection and the role of music, art and culture, this event embraces and celebrates who he was and what his legacy stands for. We are humbled by how many incredible artists are participating in honouring his memory, and we look forward to sharing this special day with you in the spirit of the Great Heart."

Johnny Clegg tribute concert
(Photo: Supplied, Real Concerts)

There will also be a dance tribute performed by dancers from Zululand and the local hostels.

"Johnny's style of music traversed cultural barriers like few others, and he used his music to speak to every person and to show us what it was to embrace other cultures without losing your identity. This tribute show is a dedication to his life and the deep footprints that he has left in the hearts of the African nation," adds Johnny's long-time manager and friend, Roddy Quin.


Date: Saturday, 25 April 

Venue: Emmarentia Botanical Gardens (entrance on Thomas Bowler Street). 

Times: Gates open at 10:00 with performances commencing at 11:00 – 18:00.

The money will be raised at the event for the Click Foundation, supporting 'The Friends of Johnny Clegg' charity which was established with Johnny in December 2018. 

Tickets for Johnny Clegg – The Tribute Show are available from Computicket.

General Admission:

Early Bird Adult (valid until 8 March): R360

Adult General: R425

Children (under 12): R225

Golden Circle:Early Bird Adult (valid until 8 March): R560

Adult: R625

Children (under 12): R325


VIP Adult: R1600

VIP Children (under 12): R1600

Official, secure parking from 09:00 will be available at Roosevelt High School and can be purchased for R25 per vehicle via Computicket. Access is via the entry gate on c/o Thomas Bowler Street and 5th Avenue. 

Compiled by Alex Isaacs