Artist Profiles: Juluka


Juluka was a trailblazing band based in Johannesburg, South Africa, led by Johnny Clegg and Sipho Mchunu. The band formed in the early 1970s and split in the mid 1980s when Johnny embarked on a new career with his own band, Savuka. Juluka reformed in 1996 and recorded a new album, Ya Vuka Inkunzi (Crocodile Love).

The band toured in 1998 to support this album. The songs are recorded in Zulu (indigenous South African language) and English. During the apartheid era in South Africa, Juluka and Savuka were instrumental in drawing international attention to the human rights injustices which were taking place at the time. The band was made up of some of the best live performance musicians in the South African music industry.


Universal Men (CBS, 1979)
African Litany (MINC, 1981)
Ubuhle Bemvelo (MINC, 1982)
Scatterlings (MINC, 1982)
Work For All (MINC, 1983)
Stand Your Ground (Warner Bros. Records, 1984)
Musa Ukungilandela (MINC, 1984)
Juluka Live (The Good Hope Concerts) MINC, 1986)
Crocodile Love (CNR Music, 1997)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.

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