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Backing singer for Johnny Clegg shot dead in South Africa

Published on May 19, 2014 12:41 AM

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - A backing singer for South Africa's Johnny Clegg, a musician internationally renowned as the 'White Zulu', has been shot dead in a robbery, police said Sunday.

Bongani Masuku, who was killed in Johannesburg on Saturday night, is the second member of Clegg's band to have been murdered in South Africa, which has a reputation as one of the most violent countries in the world.

"It is with shock, anger and deep felt sadness that we mourn the violent killing last night of our beloved Bongani Masuku, our long standing and dedicated backing vocalist," Clegg said on his website.

"Bongani first worked with Johnny Clegg and Savuka in 1992, and continued with Johnny Clegg Band until the present time. He was a stalwart performer and hardworking musician and good friend.

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