John Kani gives a touching tribute to Johnny Clegg

Johnny Clegg. (Photo: Getty/Gallo Images)
Johnny Clegg. (Photo: Getty/Gallo Images)

Cape Town – Johnny Clegg's memorial service took place on Friday at The Sandton Convention centre. 

South African actor John Kani – who recently starred in Disney's The Lion King – was one of the first speakers on stage at the proceedings. 

In a touching tribute to his friend, John said: "This is the man who broke all the barriers. This is the man who took on a culture, a man who in his own embodiment is South Africa."


He continued: "I am welcoming you on behalf on Jenny, Jason and Jaron and the entire Clegg family and the extended family;I welcome everyone." 

John then introduced The Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa who also paid tribute to the 66-year-old performer.


Johnny died on Tuesday, 16 July at his home in Johannesburg. He fought a prolonged battle with cancer. 

The 66-year-old anthropologist and musician was buried in a private ceremony the day after his death. 

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