Johannesburg, South Africa, is not immediately associated with rock music, at least in the United States. However, there is a 25-year-old rocker, born and raised in the African music scene, looking to change the way we view music in the African culture.
Jesse Clegg is currently on his first North American tour, which comes to the Mesa Arts Center on Tuesday, May 6, to promote his second album, Life on Mars, and to offer a taste of his heritage. He will be opening for his father, the iconic South African rocker Johnny Clegg.
"I think there are a lot of similarities," Clegg explains, "between the really intense Zulu music and certain rock chord-changes and melodic ideas."