friends of Johnny Clegg The Crossing song

More than 50 Friends of Johnny Clegg recorded a special version of a Johnny Clegg song – The Crossing. This makes the track the biggest collaboration to honour the icon.

Friends of Johnny Clegg The Crossing

The song and video was filmed at luxury boutique hotel, Ellerman House in Cape Town. It was played to Johnny for the first time at a private event where he performed for friends and lifelong fans. Paul Bruce-Brand, Ellerman House’s GM said: “This was an extremely unique, powerful performance which culminated in one of our final ‘Ellerman Sessions’ of the year. These intimate sessions embrace South African talent with fervour, offering a series of personal-storytelling evenings with local icons, from platinum-selling musicians to award-winning chefs. What a story Johnny Clegg has to share – filled with emotional tales of struggle and hardship, yet characterised by an overriding sense of joy, humour, hope and passion for this country.”

Singer, songwriter, dancer, anthropologist and musical activist, Johnny Clegg’s crossover music – a blend of Western pop and African Zulu rhythms, has been acclaimed worldwide.

When the special version of The Crossing was unveiled on 5 December 2018 at Ellerman House, Johnny Clegg remarked, “I am speechless, thank you so much. This is an amazing moment for me – to have so many of my peers acknowledge the song and its sentiments, and that they can use that to further something much bigger than all of us. Thank you.”

The same evening saw the launch of Friends of Johnny Clegg, a fund created in Johnny’s honour to help alleviate the education crisis in South Africa. Proceeds from downloads of this  version of The Crossing go toward the fund. These proceeds will be distributed by the Click Foundation.

Paul Harris has a vision for Ellerman House

Paul Bruce-Brand explained how it all transpired: “Roddy Quin, Kahn Morbee, Karen Zoid, Theo Crous, my team and I, together with the other artists in our lineup wanted to do something special to honour all that Johnny has done and continues to do for music and South Africa. Given that our owner, Paul Harris has a vision for Ellerman House and is passionate about South Africa, it was natural for us to back an ambitious collaborative project. Never could we have imagined that it would snowball into something as large as it did. Before we knew it, everyone, from far and wide, wanted to participate. Local artists performed alongside Dave Matthews, Peter Gabriel and Mike Rutherford. It proved to be an overwhelming testament to Johnny Clegg and indicated the extent to which he has touched people’s lives through his music.”

On 10 September 2018, artists flew into Cape Town to share their time and talent in recording their own version of Johnny Clegg’s The Crossing at Mothership Studios. The song was produced by Theo Crous and mastered in Los Angeles by Lurssen studio.

The video was directed by Carien Loubser of Brainwave Productions, and the video of an unforgettable evening at Ellerman House by Etched Space.

Download The Crossing on all digital platforms including Apple Music, iTunes, Google Playstore, Spotify and Deezer. All proceeds go to the Friends of Johnny Clegg Fund.

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