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From South Africa
Its 30 years since a 17-year-old middle-class white kid from Joburg began to make music with a Zulu migrant worker. Johnny Clegg and Sipho Mchunus partnership became a thorn in the side of the apartheid regime, embarrassed by a multicultural band that racked up seven gold albums in as many years. Juluka disbanded in 1986, with Sipho ploughing money into his local community, and Johnny founding Savuka, whose songs, such as One Human One Vote were even more outspoken.With the end of apartheid, Clegg believed Savukas work was done, and two years ago he and Sipho reunited in a new version of Juluka. While they still play older material, this band is forward-looking, incorporating modern dance beats. The old Juluka was an affirmation of what South Africa could become. The new one shows that the exchange of cultures and ideas is still vital to the future of the new society.