South African music legend Johnny Clegg dies after cancer battle

South African singer and songwriter Johnny Clegg died on Tuesday after being diagnosed with cancer in 2015, local news outlets reported. He was 66.

Johnny Clegg
Johnny Clegg

Clegg, a Grammy nominee and Billboard music award winner known for his fluent Zulu which he mixed into his traditional folk music known as mbaqanga, was also a vocal critic of the apartheid government that ruled South Africa until 1994.

In 2012 Clegg received the presidential Order of Ikhamanga as well as a number of honorary doctorates and awards. Reuters

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