GOYAVE, SCREENSHOT GROUP, ARTE FRANCE
German, English, French
TV, DVD, NON-THEATRICAL, INTERNET, VOD
1988. In only few months, South African musician Johnny Clegg, an almost unknown artist, has sold millions of albums. With his hit Asimbonanga, which paid tribute to Nelson Mandela, he was instantly propelled to the rank of worldwide star and became the symbol of the struggle against apartheid.
"Johnny Clegg, the white Zulu", Amine Mestari's documentary, relates his adventure.
The exceptional adventure of a committed musician, crazy for dance, who has made the world loves his vision of a South African culture that allows everyone, black and white, to express themselves and make it possible to get along.
Apartheid wanted to separate blacks from whites, Johnny Clegg brought them together by mixing English and Zulu, African rhythms and rock. In the early 1970s, he invented a unique style, that is unlike any other, and made it a political art.
His story and that of his music are in line with the history of South Africa and his long journey to freedom.