South African musical legend Johnny Clegg is releasing his brand new album on Friday, June 24, entitled, simply enough, ‘Johnny Clegg 2016’.
Legend? No! Clegg is more than that to me. He is a living treasure, The Gold Standard by which other local artists should be judged.
Comprised of some of his best loved classics, including ‘Great Heart’, ‘Scatterlings of Africa’, ‘Take My Heart Away’ and many others, this 17-track release boasts some of the freshest remixes that not only pay homage to the original hits, but transform them into fresh, larger-than-life dance-floor anthems at the hands of some of the finest global EDM producers.
Clegg, who has topped charts around the world for over 40 years, is no stranger to moving with the times, yet his repertoire has many loyal fans hesitant as to whether or not his tracks will benefit from, or indeed even require, remixing. The truth is, they don’t. They are, and always will be, remarkably strong pop songs and ‘Johnny Clegg 2016’ proves just how accessible these songs from the 1980s, 90s and early 2000s truly are. What the remixes do is generate a freshness that will not only appeal to die-hard Clegg fans, but see new audiences relating to his song writing too.
Clegg himself, has been excited about this project and said: “As a singer/songwriter, with published works going back as far as 1976, I have always been fascinated and moved by other artists who have covered my work in some way, whether using my lyrics or doing their own versions of my songs.
“This set of dance mixes is particularly exciting because my song structures have often been a bit complicated, with lots of bridges, pre-choruses and a strong cultural cross-over using characteristic Zulu and other ethnic
“Each song has a different contributor and so creates a really interesting set of approaches to my music and gives them a new audience, whilst expanding their interpretation and musical horizon. I hope my audience enjoys this collection.”
‘Johnny Clegg 2016’ boasts some heavyweight international and local electronic dance talent too, including: Protoculture, Pascal & Pearce, Chris Sen and many more. Get it now.