Mchunu, who described Clegg as the most prolific musician to ever walk the earth and a great person who touched many lives, said the friendship they had and the bond they forged transcended the country’s segregation laws and stood strong for five decades.
The pair met shortly after Mchunu’s arrival in Joburg in search of employment. Mchunu recalls bumping into the young Clegg and his fascination with the music Mchunu was playing so much that he expressed an interest to learn to play the guitar like he did.
“I can still see his excited face when he invited me into his home for his mother to also hear me play the guitar. Of course I was terrified, wondering what this white guy was doing,” reminisced Mchunu. “What scared me the most that day was when he recorded me. I had never seen a recorder in my life, and as a rural boy, I was certain he was trying to turn me into a tokoloshe,” revealed Mchunu.
From that encounter Mchunu recognised Clegg’s interest in diverse cultures and his passion for music beyond race or one’s economic standings. “He just wanted to do music.”