Claire Johnston is a singer best known as the face and voice of Mango Groove. Mango Groove is an 11 piece Afropop group formed in 1983 in Johannesburg, South Africa and fronted by lead singer Claire Johnston Born in the United Kingdom, she has been a South African resident for most of her life. The Republic of South Africa (also known by other official names) is a country located at the southern tip of the continent of Africa At age ten, Claire debuted as an actor, dancer and singer in the Johannesburg production of the musical Annie. Johannesburg ( Pronounced /jō-hān'ĭs-bûrg'/ is the largest city in South Africa. Annie is a musical based upon the popular Harold Gray Comic strip Little Orphan Annie, with music by Charles During her senior high school year she joined the crossover band Mango Groove and has been a symbol of the Rainbow Nation ever since. Rainbow Nation is a term coined by the then Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, Desmond Tutu to describe Post-apartheid South Africa Despite a busy concert schedule she completed a degree in English, Philosophy, and Politics at the University of the Witwatersrand. The University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg is a leading South African University situated in the northern areas of central Johannesburg. She has opened for Belinda Carlisle  and performed with Freddie Mercury. Belinda Carlisle (born on August 17, 1958 in Hollywood California) is an American Singer-songwriter, as well as the lead vocalist Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara; 5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991 was a Zanzibar -born British Musician, best known as the lead
Claire regularly performs "Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika" at Springbok rugby union internationals and was involved in South Africa's bid for the 2012 Olympic Games. "Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika" ("God Bless Africa" in Xhosa) is part of the joint National anthem of South Africa. The South Africa national Rugby union team (commonly referred to as the Springboks in English Springbokke in Afrikaans and Amabokoboko Overview See also Playing rugby union A rugby union match lasts for 80 minutes (plus stoppage time with a short She is married to fellow Mango Groove musician John Leyden.
Currently she performs with Mango Groove, or with her four-piece band, as "Claire Unplugged".
Johnston has made two solo albums. The first, Fearless, was partly recorded in 2000 at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios. Peter Brian Gabriel (born 13 February 1950 in Chobham, Surrey, England) is an English Musician and Songwriter. Real World Studios is the high-tech recording studio in Box Wiltshire, associated with the Real World Records Ltd She describes her second, Africa Blue, as "a big band album including some old standards".