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Sunday, August 9, 2015


(Johnny Clegg)

The Barnyard Theatre at Gateway is proud to present five intimate performances with Johnny Clegg, from August 25 to 29. Durban audiences will have a rare opportunity to interact with this South African icon, as he performs an up-close-and-personal acoustic show which includes storytelling.

Clegg, who will imminently receive an OBE from Queen Elizabeth II, will talk about the events in his life, the political history of South Africa and the world at the time that motivated him to write each song. It is a personal journey which is uplifting, moving and also humorous at times. It will include a selection of his greatest hits, and he will be supported by a three-piece band.

Debbie Davidson, owner of The Barnyard, says: “I am honoured and extremely proud to have secured Johnny Clegg for five shows. This is going to be an experience like no other, as our intimate venue offers an up-close-and-personal performance with undoubtedly one of the greatest music icons this country has produced. Over the past four years The Barnyard at Gateway has made a concerted effort to increase the number of South African artists invited to perform with us. These one-off shows have proved to be enormously well-supported which is the reason that we decided at the end of last year to pull out some of the big guns as a treat to our patrons, with eVoid coming back home for a national tour of The Barnyard circuit.”

With a career spanning more than 30 years, Johnny Clegg is one of South Africa’s most prolific musicians and performers and is no stranger to the music industry. His status as one of South Africa’s music greats was formalized last year when the Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, honoured him with an award for the contribution he made in the South African Music Industry as a Musician. On Freedom Day, 2012, he also received the presidential Ikhamanga Award as part of the National Orders ceremony. The National Orders are the highest honour a citizen can receive for his/her contribution to South Africa.

Over Johnny’s three decade career, he released two dozen albums and has sold more than five million albums worldwide. He has wowed audiences with his live shows, including performances with Nelson Mandela, and won a number of national and international awards for his music and for his outspoken views on apartheid and migrant workers in South Africa. He has released two dozen original albums, the most recent of which is Human, in 2010. In early 2014 he released a new unplugged album from his sold-out shows at The Baxter Theatre in September 2013, titled Johnny Clegg Best, Live And Unplugged.

Johnny Clegg is a dancer, anthropologist, singer, songwriter, academic, activist and French knight. Whilst all of these tags are fitting, none of them can accurately describe the energetic, passionate human being who has become one of South Africa's greatest musical exports. He has campaigned against the injustice of apartheid South Africa and been instrumental in putting the new South Africa on the map as a cultural ambassador. Clegg is an icon of South African music.

Audience members will be able to meet Clegg and get autographs in the foyer after the show where his CDs will be available for purchase.

Johnny Clegg appears at The Barnyard Theatre from August 25 to 29.Tickets R450 pp and seating will be as for normal shows, with no standing room. The theatre will open at 18h30, the kitchen will close at 19h45, and the show will start at 20h15. The Barnyard Theatre has contracted Johnny Clegg for a 90 minute set which will be performed in two parts, with a 20 minute interval. For bookings and enquiries, phone The Barnyard Theatre on 031 566 3045 or visit

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