Brace yourself for the Official Johnny Clegg Tribute Concert

Brace yourselves! The Official Johnny Clegg Tribute Concert is coming your way in July 2020. Some of South Africa’s top performers will come together on one stage in a fitting tribute to one of the most iconic figures in South African music history.

More info about the Official Johnny Clegg Tribute Concert

Johnny Clegg captured the hearts of a nation and the tribute concert, taking place at the Emmarentia Botanical Gardens (in Johannesburg), 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.

Johnny Clegg at Oppikoppi

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 specially 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.

Jenny Clegg comments about the Official Johnny Clegg Tribute Concert

Jesse, Jaron and I are incredibly excited and proud to be able to celebrate Johnny’s life on the 25th of 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.

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

Johnny’s long-time manager and friend, Roddy Quin (from Real Concerts) comments

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,” 

Details and Ticketing info for the Official Johnny Clegg Tribute Concert

The Official Johnny Clegg Tribute Concert was scheled to take place on Saturday, 25 April 2020 at Emmarentia Botanical Gardens. However, the concert has been postponed to the 18th of July 2020 (thanks to the Coronavirus epedemic).

The 18th of July is a very significant date. It’s the celebration of Nelson Mandela Day and also marks the day that Johnny Clegg passed away. More details on how patrons can commemorate both these iconic South Africans on the day will follow.

The entrance is on Thomas Bowler Street. Gates open at 10 AM. Performances commence at 11 AM. The show finishes at 6 PM.

Johnny Clegg

Tickets were made available via Computicket on the 8th of March 2020. Patrons who are already in possession of their tickets must retain them as Computicket will swap them with the new tickets closer to the time.

Patrons who have booked online but not yet collected, their tickets will reflect the new date. Patrons who are unable to attend the new date can contact Computicket for a refund ( for all ticketing enquiries).

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.

Nicola Harris, the CEO of Click Foundation comments

Johnny represented all that is great about South Africa, leading from the front he used his music to show how social barriers and prejudice can be broken. He recognised that education was a key component of a brighter, non-racial future for all South Africans.”

“We are honoured to have had his support and to carry his legacy forward in the work that we do implementing online English literacy programmes in underprivileged primary schools across the country. We are thrilled to be a beneficiary of his Tribute concert and look forward to celebrating his life on the day”.

The primary focus of the Click Foundation is the implementation of an online phonetics-based English literacy programme in over 160 underprivileged primary schools, reaching more than 100,000 learners.

The programme offers young learners the opportunity to work at their own pace through fun and exciting activities, navigating their learning journey by means of technology.

In doing so, they not only address the literacy crisis but also equip young learners with the technological skills required for future success in our digital-first world.  Furthermore, they have created over 350 jobs for youth facilitators from the communities surrounding their schools.

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