Johnny Clegg Visits Dartmouth (2004)
Lecture in 105 Dartmouth Hall
An African Afternoon
The first picture in this sequence shows Dartmouth faculty member Ayo Coly standing beside Bekah Gero, the sister of current Dartmouth undergraduate Jesse Gero ('06). During the African Afternoon, these two individuals discovered that they both spoke Jola and upon further discussion realized that Coly's parents and the Geros were both from Baila, a small African village in Senegal. A brief cell phone call to Senegal confirmed that their parents were acquaintances.
An Evening with the Johnny Clegg Band
Clegg's day at Dartmouth culminated with a high-energy concert in sold-out Spaulding Auditorium. The concert attracted 900 people from the Dartmouth Community and the Upper Valley. Clegg's performance was both moving and great fun.
Here are two comments from Dartmouth undergraduates:[blockquote]"Being an usher at the Hop, I have seen a lot of shows and concerts and this was the first where practically 3/4 of the audience was up and dancing."[/blockquote][blockquote]"The concert was absolutely incredible. I have never seen Spaulding auditorium like it was that night, and it went to further prove that music can cross all cultural and racial boundaries. His anecdotes and explanations in between songs were almost as fascinating as the songs themselves."[/blockquote]
The band features: Johnny Clegg on guitar, vocals and concertina; Mandisa Dlanga on vocals and dancing; Andy Innes on guitar and vocals; Concord Nkabinde on bass guitar and vocals; Brendan Ross on sax, keyboard and vocals; and Barry Van Zyl on drums.
Below is the play list from the show, two pictures of the performance and a photo of the tickets that were impossible to obtain on the night of July 7th.
Play List of the Johnny Clegg Band
Wednesday, July 7th, 2004 -- Spaulding Auditorium, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire.
- Take My Heart Away
- Circle of Light
- Digging for Some Words
- Gunship Ghetto
- One (Hu)'man One Vote
- Bullets for Bafazane
- Woza Friday
- I Call Your Name
- 3rd World
- Into the Picture
- Tough Enough
- Great Heart
- Scatterlings of Africa
- Cruel Crazy Beautiful World
For more information about Johnny Clegg and his visit to Dartmouth, examine the informational poster created by Hanna Breetz ('02) about the visit. Visit The Official Johnny Clegg site and The Best Fan Site.
This day was made possible by the Programming Board, The Student Activities Office and the Environmental Studies Program and was funded in part by the President's Summer Arts Initiative. Andy Friedland particularly wants to thank Linda Kennedy and Ben Waters ('06) for humoring him when this day was only a dream and then collaborating whole heartedly as the dream became a reality.
All photographs courtesy of Joseph Mehling, Dartmouth College Photographer. © 2004