Famous South African Guitarists

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 1 Lucky Dube

Lucky Dube
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 3, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ermelo, South Africa
Died: October 18, 2007
Named Lucky by his mother, following his birth after many unsuccessful pregnancies, Lucky Dube grew up to become one of the most influential South African reggae stars ever. His desert reggae made him hugely popular among the Australian aboriginal community, too. The Rastafarian supporter was later killed by carjackers.

 2 Shaun Morgan

Shaun Morgan
Famous As: Singer, Guitarist
Birthdate: December 21, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Pietermaritzburg

Shaun Morgan is a South African singer-songwriter and musician. Morgan has been the longest-serving member of the popular rock band Seether where he plays the guitar and contributes with lyrics and vocals. Shaun Morgan is regarded as one of South Africa's most influential and popular rock guitarists of his generation.

 3 Johnny Clegg

Johnny Clegg
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: June 7, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bacup, Lancashire, England
Died: July 16, 2019

Johnny Clegg was a South African singer-songwriter, musician, dancer, anti-apartheid activist, and anthropologist. An important white figure in the internal resistance to apartheid and a prominent figure in South African popular music, Johnny Clegg formed the band Juluka which became the first South African group in the apartheid era to have a black man as well as a white man.

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 4 Blondie Chaplin

Blondie Chaplin
Famous As: Singer, Guitarist
Birthdate: July 7, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Durban, South Africa

Blondie Chaplin is a South African guitarist and singer who contributed to the success of the rock band The Flames in the 1960s. He has also served as a backing vocalist, acoustic rhythm guitarist, and percussionist for the world-renowned English rock band The Rolling Stones.

 5 Ricky Fataar

Ricky Fataar
Famous As: Multi-instrumentalist, who has performed as both a drummer and a guitarist
Birthdate: September 5, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Durban, South Africa

Ricky Fataar is a South African multi-instrumentalist and actor. He gained national recognition after playing Stig O'Hara in the popular 1978 television film All You Need Is Cash, a parody of the history of The Beatles. Also known for his work as a record producer, Fataar won the 1983 Countdown Australian Music Award for Best Record Producer of the Year.

 6 Jonathan Butler

Jonathan Butler
Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Jazz musician, Guitarist, Jazz guitarist
Birthdate: October 10, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Athlone, Cape Town

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Jonathan Butler is known for his blend of R&B, jazz fusion, and worship music. He first soared to international fame with his Billboard-charting and Grammy-nominated hit Lies. Apartheid has been a main theme of many of his tracks. He won a Sarie Award as a teenager.