DUT pays tribute to Johnny Clegg
Nosipho Po Gumede
A memorable and befitting send off for one of South Africa’s most celebrated legends was hosted today at the Durban University of Technology, City Campus.
The legendary musician and dancer Johnny Clegg passed away on the 16th of July at the age of 66.
During last year’s DUT’s Spring Graduation, Dr Johnny Clegg alongside his friend and Juluka bandmate, Dr Sipho Mchunu were awarded with Honorary Doctorates in Visual and Performing Arts by DUT for their contribution to the music industry and the role they played in the social cohesion of South Africans.
DUT’s Executive Dean: Faculty of Arts and Design, Dr René Smith was in an ebullient mood as she welcomed everyone and shared her favourite Johnny Clegg music memories.
Dr Smith recited the late Johnny Cleggs’ acceptance speech from last year’s Spring Graduation, but that did not kill the effervescent mood.
“Music re-organizes the way we experience the flow of time. It ignites feelings,memories and emotions that transend the immediate moment we live in”.
Ntomb’yelanga nabalimi, a former DUT student and her band also graced the crowd with their unique indigenous sounds and instruments.
DUT’s Dr Maleshoane Rapeane – Mathonsi spoke on how Johnny Clegg delivered a beautiful speech protecting and advocating for the arts when he was honoured by DUT.
“We celebrate him because of his affiliation to the Visual and Performing Arts faculty,” she said.
Pictures: Mandisa Magubane