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Johnny Clegg & Savuka, 1993.
L-R: Derek De Beer, Mandisa Dlanga, Solly Letwamba, Johnny Clegg, Steve Mavuso, Keith Hutchinson
Background information
Origin Johannesburg, South Africa
Genres World music, afro pop, rock, zulu, maskanda, mbaqanga
Years active 1986–1994
Labels EMI, Capitol
Associated acts Juluka
Past members Mandisa Dlanga
Johnny Clegg
Steve Mavuso
Keith Hutchinson
Solly Letwaba
Derek de Beer
Andy Innes
Dudu Zulu

Savuka was a band formed in 1986 by English-born South African Johnny Clegg after the disbanding of his first band, Juluka. Both of his bands were inter-racial in the racially segregated Apartheid South Africa. Savuka followed more of a Western pop rock style blended with Clegg's familiar, distinctive Zulu musical stylings, creating a unique sound that was something of a major departure from the old, more traditional Zulu sound of Juluka.

They had a UK #75 hit in 1986 with a new version of the earlier Juluka hit "Scatterlings of Africa".

Some better-known Savuka songs include "Asimbonanga", "Third World Child", "The Crossing", "Dela", and "Cruel Crazy Beautiful World".

Percussionist Dudu Zulu was killed in 1992. "The Crossing" was a tribute to him.



  • 1991: Scatterlings of Africa (re-recording by Savuka)
  • 2002: My African Dream - The Best of Johnny Clegg & Savuka (mainly compilation, but includes some previously unreleased tracks)




  1. ^ "Johnny Clegg". Retrieved 2015-03-11. 
  2. ^ "About". Retrieved 2015-03-11.