JOHNNY CLEGG & SAVUKA – THE VERY BEST OF – 1997
Still there to stay of course,
the White Zulu is still white and still a Zulu and his multi-rhythmic music is
still stampeding on the keyboards, the stage and all the percussions he can
think of. He has not really aged in his own style that is timeless
At the same time it is one of the
oldest and deepest voices of South Africa
at the same time. You can hear all
the spots of the leopard but also all the cries for pity and compassion of elephants,
rhinoceroses, hippopotamuses and all other endangered animals and yet they will
have to survive if we do not want to pass away as a useless animal species.
And that energy, that power and
that force emanating from this music, is the future of Africa because Africa
has a bright future ahead of its present and its
future is the future of the planet and humanity. Humanity is going back to its
origins, to its birth place, back to Africa
where it all came one day over many millennia.
That power and that energy makes
us believe that all the black African Americans that are killed day after day
by American police forces are nothing but the necessary price to pay for these
racist cops to be one day buried in their shame and guilt and locked up in
cells out of which they will not be able to come.
When you listen to that music you
know that some day Africa
will be the future
of our planet. Yes I have been waiting for it all my life, for the black
Africans to rush down the road to the future of humanity because the future can
only be the continuation of the beginning.
A music of hope and conviction, I
mean certainty and faith.
Dr Jacques COULARDEAU