Remembering Lucky Dube, Africa’s Unforgettable Reggae Sensation

Lucky Dube was a South African and international reggae super-star; was born on 3 August 1964 and died on 18 October 2007.

Lucky was a one of a kind musician. He remains an unforgettable lyrical sensation that Africa has ever known.

He recorded 22 albums in Zulu, English and Afrikaans in a 25-year period and was South Africa’s biggest-selling reggae artist (Wikipedia). 

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Lucky Dube was practically raised by his grandmother Sarah. His parents separated before his birth. His mother had to relocate to work in a different place; leaving him in the loving care of Sarah whom the star cherishes like no other.

He started as a gardener, joined a couple of band groups, and also worked as a security guard. He did all these while he was still a student trying to fend and support the family.

Lucky Dube

In time he began to improve his English language. This helped him diversify from writing and singing local lyrics to a more internationally understood lyrics. This helped his music career as he advanced.

Lucky found his footing in the Reggae genre of music. His musical icons were Jimmy Cliff and Peter Tosh.

He felt the connection to Jamaican reggae artists who also battled racism and oppression at the time South Africa suffered from the apartheid regime.

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For speaking against the apartheid government in his songs, his 1984 Rastas Never Die album was banned in South Africa. This did not stop Lucky. He kept fighting oppression with his heart-piercing reggae lyrics. It was not long before he gained international recognition.

Lucky Dube received many continental and international awards. His songs Prisoner and Slave amongst many others are all time favorites.

On October 18, 2007, Lucky Dube was shot dead in Rosettenvilleon, a suburb in Johannesburg. It’s been 9 years since his death and South Africa never forgets his contribution to the freedom fight.