Cruel, Crazy Beautiful World

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Cruel, Crazy, Beautiful World
Cruel Crazy Beautiful World.jpg
Studio album by Johnny Clegg & Savuka
Released 1989
Recorded 1989
Genre World music
Length 49:40
Label Capitol
Producer Hilton Rosenthal and Bobby Summerfield
Johnny Clegg & Savuka chronology
Shadow Man
(1988)Shadow Man1988
Cruel, Crazy Beautiful World
Heat, Dust And Dreams
(1993)Heat, Dust And Dreams1993

Cruel, Crazy, Beautiful World is a studio album from South African artist Johnny Clegg and his band Savuka.

Released in 1989 and produced by Hilton Rosenthal and Bobby Summerfield, it is today recognized as probably the band's greatest album,[1] containing hits such "Dela" and "Cruel, Crazy, Beautiful World". The title track is addressed and dedicated to Clegg's son Jesse, born in 1988, who is depicted on Clegg's shoulders on the album cover. The song "One (Hu)'Man One Vote" was written in honor of David Webster, a friend of Johnny Clegg and anti-apartheid activist who had been assassinated three weeks earlier. The lyrics of "Warsaw 1943" were inspired from the works of Polish author Czesław Miłosz.

In 1997, the song "Dela (I Know Why The Dog Howls at the Moon)" was released on the soundtrack of Disney's George of the Jungle.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Johnny Clegg except as noted.

  1. "One (Hu)' Man One Vote" (Johnny Clegg, Bobby Summerfield)
  2. "Cruel, Crazy, Beautiful World"
  3. "Jericho"
  4. "Dela (I Know Why the Dog Howls at the Moon)"
  5. "Moliva"
  6. "It's an Illusion"
  7. "Bombs Away"
  8. "Woman Be My Country"
  9. "Rolling Ocean" (Clegg, Steve Mavuso)
  10. "Warsaw 1943 (I Never Betrayed The Revolution)"
  11. 'Vezandlebe"


  • Johnny Clegg - lead vocals, guitars, concertina, umhuphe mouth bow
  • Derek De Beer - drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Keith Hutchinson - keyboards, tenor and alto sax, backing vocals
  • Steve Mavuso - keyboards, backing vocals
  • Solly Letwaba - bass, backing vocals
  • Dudu Zulu - percussion, dance
  • Mandisa Dlanga - vocals

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Alex Acuña - percussion
  • Tom Regis - keyboards
  • Benn Clatworthy - tenor saxophone
  • Howard Shear - trumpet
  • Roy Wigan - trumpet
  • John Baxter - backing vocals
  • Bobby Summerfield - mixer, recording engineer,keyboards,drum programming, electronic percussion
  • Hilton Rosenthal - keyboards, backing vocals