For much of Johnny Clegg’s musical career, apartheid prohibited white and black musicians from performing onstage together in South Africa. But Clegg, who’s been called “the white Zulu,” broke those rules. His bands were racially mixed, and his music drew from many styles and cultures. Because of this, his concerts were often broken up and his albums became hits without ever being played on South Africa’s national radio station.
Now celebrated for both his music and his politics, Johnny Clegg has released a new album called “Human.” He spoke with Latitudes host Gwen Thompkins.