Johnny Clegg formed Savuka in 1986 after the disbanding of his first band called Juluka. “Scattelings of Africa” is a remake of an earlier hit of the same name released by Clegg with Juluka. The version with Savuka departs from Juluka’s traditional Zulu sound and has more of a Western pop rock feel.
“Scattelings of Africa” reached No. 75 in the United Kingdom back in 1986. Clegg is among South Africa’s biggest musical exports. Born in England and raised in South Africa, Clegg was exposed to a broader cultural perspective by his crime-reporter step-father, who would take him to townships.
He formed Juluka with Sipho Mchunu at a time when mixing music was unprofitable because of radio censorship of mixed bands enforced by the Apartheid government. Naturally, their music was censored and they could only access an audience through touring, which was also made difficult by the Group Areas Act.
The Act enforced the geographical separation of race groups and their cultural facilities. The Act, and Apartheid in general was a complete pain in the a$s. The band could only perform in private venues, which meant sometimes performing in private houses, but even this censorship could not stop the music from reaching an audience that continually wanted more. Juluka split up in 1985 and Clegg formed Savuka, which means “we have risen” the following year.
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