Dudu Mntowaziwayo Ndlovu

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Dudu Mntowaziwayo Ndlovu (25 December 1957 – 4 May 1992), popularly known as Dudu Zulu, was a Zulu dancer, percussionist, and singer with the South African bands Juluka and (later) Savuka.[1] Ndlovu danced alongside his bandmate Johnny Clegg for many years, both on-stage and on the streets of Soweto and Jeppestown.[citation needed]

In May 1992, while walking to his home in Esiphongweni from a neighbour's house, Dudu was fatally shot at close range.[2] The attack took place on a dusty track near Greytown in KwaZuluNatal.[citation needed] It's uncertain whether Ndlovu was targeted, or if he was mistaken for someone else. Other citizens had been shot "in error" in a local taxi war.[1]

The following year, Johnny Clegg and Savuka recorded a final album together: Heat, Dust and Dreams. Clegg dedicated the music video for "The Crossing (Osiyeza)", a song from the album, to Ndlovu.


  1. ^ a b "Dudu Zulu Killed in South Africa". Dirty Linen. August 1992. Archived from the original on 22 June 2009. Retrieved 25 May 2019 – via TalkingLeaves.com.
  2. ^ Simmonds, Jeremy. "Dudu Zulu". The Encyclopedia of Dead Rock Stars: Heroin, Handguns, and Ham Sandwiches (2nd ed.). p. 287. ISBN 978-1-61374-478-9. Retrieved 25 May 2019 – via Google Books.