Jesse Clegg honours his dad's legacy by performing Zulu ritual
Musician Jesse Clegg and his family spent last weekend performing an important Zulu ritual in honour of his father Johnny Clegg's life.
The ritual was done in KwaZulu-Natal at the homestead of his father's musical partner Sipho Mchunu.
Posting a collection of photos to Twitter, the 31-year-old wrote: "My dad was deeply connected to this place, & to be able to commemorate & honor him here, surrounded by love & family, was very special."
My family & I spent the weekend at Sipho’s homestead celebrating my dad’s life & performing an important Zulu ritual for his spiritual crossing. My dad was deeply connected to this place, & to be able to commemorate & honor him here, surrounded by love & family, was very special pic.twitter.com/c4VHrWZTFI— Jesse Clegg (@Jesse_Clegg) February 10, 2020
Clegg was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015, and died July 16, 2019, leaving behind his wife Jenny, and two sons, Jesse and Jaron.
Clegg's band Juluka began as a duo with Sipho Mchunu, and was the first group in the South African apartheid-era with a white man and a black man.
The band, which grew to a six-member group by the time it released its first album "Universal Men" in 1979, faced harassment and censorship. Despite being ignored and often harassed by the SA government, Juluka were able to tour internationally, playing in Europe, Canada, and the United States.
Jesse's post seemed to have struck a chord with Twitter, with many reminiscing on Clegg's earlier days and the legacy he left behind.
Your Dad was very special. his spirit will live forever. pic.twitter.com/v4kN20MYCF— 3DMapLady (@3DMapLady) February 10, 2020
If we could have a little bit of Johnny Clegg in us , South Africa will be a much better place. May his soul continue to rest in peace.— Martin K. Mphahlele (@MartinKG_Jr) February 10, 2020
Its uBab’uMchunu to you Jesse, not Sipho. “Baba” (while it means father) it also stands for respect of usually an older person, especially a married man. This is more appropriate because he is your father’s ‘age-mate’.— Joe Dludla (@thwitha7) February 10, 2020
Wonderful, this is wonderful I cried when I heard of the passing of your dad. He touched so many souls that he did not know. And I sobbed when I watched his interview with @DJFreshSA May his spirit live forever 🙏🏾— LelaLona (@lela_lona) February 10, 2020
Extraordinary man with so much wisdom and knowledge of Zulu culture.Woza Friday, The Crossing #soundtrackofmyyouth— MorphiusWaMotswana (@MorphiusM) February 10, 2020