Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
He’s a superstar in his South African homeland, but Johnny Clegg – also known as the White Zulu – had his biggest American success nearly a quarter century ago with his band Savuka and their album Cruel, Crazy Beautiful World. And the last time that he made a tour-stop in Nipperland was way back in 1990 when Savuka shared the stage with Tracy Chapman for a double-bill at SPAC.
But his music – which seamlessly blends South African township and more traditional Zulu folk music with a wide range of urban, contemporary pop styles – remains as delightfully infectious as ever. And at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall last weekend, the sheer joy that poured from the stage during his performance was undeniably contagious.