As the end of apartheid was approaching I was sent by Rolling Stone Magazine to photograph the white activist musician Johnny Clegg, who mixed Zulu infused rhythms with his protest lyrics. When I completed the three day shoot in Johannesburg, I asked my newfound friend Dudu Zulu (Clegg’s dancing partner for many years) if I could pay a short visit to his home in Zululand. My idea was to photograph Dudu dancing in costume in his native setting. Tugela Ferry was a six-hour drive southeast from the city. When I arrived at Dudu’s, I walked into his house to find him playing cards with three friends. When reminded of my idea he instructed the small group to return tomorrow to ‘dance for David’. To my amazement, the next afternoon over 200 men, women and children arrived in full regalia and the festivities began. All I can say is that if you heard one hundred Zulu warriors chanting their war songs as they approached your village you would run for your life.
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