Clegg climbs the charts

By  | Jun 22, 2020, 01:48 PM  | Johnny Clegg  | Top of The

Nelson Mandela's death has greatly affected people the world over, and has also shaped the face of the iTunes charts.

According to the Sowetan, iTunes downloads of African musicians Johnny Clegg and Brenda Fassie’s struggle-inspired hits have skyrocketed into top chart positions since the former President’s passing.

Clegg’s hit ‘Asimbonanga’, from Juluka’s 1987 album ‘Third World Child’, has climbed to the number four spot on the charts, an unprecedented achievement for a local artist. Translated as ‘We Haven’t Seen Him’, the song called for the release of Nelson Mandela and fellow struggle prisoners Steve Biko, Victoria Mxenge, and Neil Aggett.

The musician’s 2002 greatest hits compilation has reached number four on the album charts, while songs including ‘Impi’ and ‘Scatterlings of Africa’ also making their way up.

Brenda Fassie fans have reportedly been downloading her greatest hits album and her Mandela-inspired song, ‘Black President’, has climbed into the 20s on the single chart.