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Patricia Lewis recalls the day Johnny Clegg saved her from an embarrassing fall when her stiletto got caught in a curtain

2019-07-17 15:25
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Cape Town - There are people in our lives, who can always bring a smile to our faces, even when the skies are grey. 

A person like that is musician Patricia Lewis. When Channel24 reached out to the singer about paying tribute to Johnny Clegg, she brightened our day with a charming story about the music legend, and the day he saved her from an embarrassing fall on stage. 

South African music legend Johnny Clegg died on Tuesday at his home in Johannesburg.

"I was doing a TV talk show, and he was one of the guests on the show as well. We were backstage, and it was so dark, dingy and grungy. When it was my turn to walk on stage -  and remember I'm always in my stilettoes, my name got called out: 'Ladies and gentlemen welcome Patricia,' and I tripped as my heel got caught in the curtain,"  she tells us with a mischievous tone in her voice.

"As I was about to hit the ground, face first. Johnny grabbed me from behind and stabilised me. He was also waiting in the wing ready to go on," she adds. 

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She remembers Johnny as someone who embodies acceptance, tolerance and inclusivity, saying: "Everybody would flutter toward him; he had this healing energy. We would all call him our 'Rainbow Ranger.' He was such an example of how we should all be, treat one another with respect, and love each other." 

"Johnny was already a legend in those days, 20 or 30 years ago. When you would walk into a room, he had this presence about him, but not in an arrogant way, he was incredibly humble," she says.   

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