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Twitter thought Johnny Clegg died after tribute went viral

Legendary musician Johnny Clegg was trending on Twitter on Thursday afternoon after a tribute version of his song The Crossing was released on YouTube.

His son Jesse Clegg, Andre Fenter, Jack Parow, Jimmy Nevis, Karen Zoid and a host of other South African musicians feature on the track.

According to Zoid’s YouTube channel, “a group of well-known musicians came together to celebrate the life and work of Clegg and recorded a special version of his song”.

Though the message was merely a celebration of the man and the launch of his new charity fund, South Africans were quick to assume that Clegg had died.

But the truth of the matter is, no, Clegg is not dead.

To quell fans’ fears, Jesse Clegg posted a tweet acknowledging The Crossing tribute made to his dad.

Over fifty South African artists were part of this tribute, and, according to Channel 24, it was performed for Clegg in a private gathering.

Feature image: screenshot, Apple Music

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