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R.I.P. Lucky Dube 1964-2007

Posted by shadmia on October 25, 2007


Like Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, the voice and talent of reggae superstar Lucky Dube, 43, has been silenced. He was killed Oct. 18 2007 in Johannesburg, South Africa in an attempted carjacking. Like Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, Lucky Dube will live on through his music. He was South Africa’s greatest reggae musician. In a career spanning 25 years, he produced 22 recorded albums in Zulu, English and Afrikaans. He leaves behind his wife (Zanele), seven children (Bongi, Nonkulueko, Thokozani, Laura, Siyanda, Philani and three-month-old baby Melokuhle), and millions of fans all over the world.

His songs centred on messages in three main areas-political, social, and personal issues. Lucky’s music is riddled with the desire to make the world a better place for everybody. He hated injustice, oppression, tyranny and exploitation. His abhorrence of racism, tribalism and corruption were reflected in his songs.

Lucky Dube was shot three times and died as his car struck a tree after a botched hijacking. He was dropping his son and teenage daughter at his brother’s Rosettenville, Johannesburg home on Thursday night, October 18. His death put the spotlight on crime and violence in South Africa. It has one of the highest crime rates in the world, recording an average of 50 murders each day. U.N. crime statistics say one in three Johannesburg residents has been robbed. Rapes and assaults also are common. Lucky expressed concern about violence in his country in a song written 1999, titled “Crime and Corruption” the words of which seem to be so prophetic: “Do you ever worry about leaving home and coming back in a coffin, with a bullet through your head?”

Four men have been arrested and charged with the murder. Sifiso Mlanga and Julius Gxowa from Mozambique, and Thabo Maruping and Mbuti Mabe from South African. The accused appeared briefly before Magistrate A Roux in Johannesburg yesterday. They face charges of murder, attempted hijacking and possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition. One had covered his head with a towel and the others had hoods pulled over their faces. They removed these once they turned their backs to the overcrowded gallery and faced the magistrate. The case was postponed until October 30 for their applications for legal aid to be processed. When they returned to the cells, they covered their faces again – an action met by howls of protest from the gallery.

Meanwhile, Dube‘s family said members of the public and journalists would be welcome to attend his funeral service at Farmers Hall in Newcastle. They, however, wanted the burial to take place in private.

Lucky Dube in Concert

Lucky Dube – In Strong Memory

Lucky Dube – A Tribute



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