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

Savuka, occasionally referred to as Johnny Clegg & Savuka, was a multi-racial South African band formed in 1986 by Johnny Clegg after the disbanding of Juluka. Savuka's music blended traditional Zulu musical influences with Celtic music and Rock music that had a cross-racial appeal in South Africa. Their lyrics were often bilingual in English and Zulu and they wrote several politically charged songs, particularly related to apartheid. Some better-known Savuka songs include "Asimbonanga", and "Third World Child", from their 1987 album Third World Child. Band percussionist Dudu Zulu was killed in 1992; their song "The Crossing" was a tribute to him.

Selected music


  • 1986: Johnny Clegg and Savuka EP
  • 1987: Third World Child
  • 1988: Shadow Man
  • 1989: Cruel, Crazy Beautiful World
  • 1993: Heat, Dust and Dreams


  • "Asimbonanga"
  • "Third World Child"
  • "The Crossing"
  • "Dela"
  • "Cruel Crazy Beautiful World"
  • "Scatterlings of Africa"


  • Mandisa Dlanga – vocals.
  • Johnny Clegg – guitar, vocals (died 2019).
  • Steve Mavuso – keyboards, vocals.
  • Keith Hutchinson – saxophone, keyboards, vocals.
  • Solly Letwaba – bass (died 2001).
  • Derek de Beer – drums.
  • Andy Innes – guitar, mandolin, vocals.
  • Bongani Masuku – vocals (died 2014).
  • Dudu Zulu – percussion, vocals (died 1992).
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