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South African Musician Johnny Clegg Dies After Cancer Battle

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2010 file photo, South African musician Johnny Clegg performs during a concert in Johannesburg. Clegg blended Western pop and Zulu rhythms in multi-racial bands during white minority rule.

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African singer and songwriter Johnny Clegg died on Tuesday after being diagnosed with cancer in 2015, local news outlets reported. He was 66.

Clegg, a Grammy nominee and Billboard music award winner known for his fluent Zulu which he mixed into his traditional folk music known as mbaqanga, was also a vocal critic of the apartheid government that ruled South Africa until 1994.

In 2012 Clegg received the presidential Order of Ikhamanga as well as a number of honorary doctorates and awards. (Reporting by Mfuneko Toyana Editing by Gareth Jones)

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