Biography of Lucky Dube,Origin,Education,Awards,Death


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here please subscribe and turn on the notification so you don’t miss our next video. In the 90’s one of the reggae sounds that
entertained most people around Africa was the delectable tune of this legendary South
African artiste. Hardly can one talk about reggae music in
the whole world and not mention Lucky Dube. This reggae artist and Rastafarian had a long
musical career for good 25 years and he was one of Africa’s biggest selling reggae artists. He was known as a freedom fighter for his
songs were wired with themes of social justice that became the voice of the people. This man who always said that Peter Tosh had
influenced his music, had twenty albums in Afrikaans and English. Lucky Dube was born on the 3rd of August,
1964 in Emerlo. His parents were separated and his mother
raised him alone. His mother before his birth had suffered series
of miscarriages and his birth brought luck, hence the name, Lucky. Lucky did not fully enjoy the warmth of his
mother for she had to relocate because of work so he spent most of his childhood with
his grandmother, Sarah, who made sure Lucky Dube did not go astray but imbibed the sense
of responsibility in him and that counted as one of the greatest influences that made
him become an activist later in life. Lucky wanted to help his family financially
and he took up a job as a gardener. But as time went on, he noticed that his earnings
could barely feed a soul not to talk of a family, he then sort for a better solution
and going to school seem to be the only sensible thing at that time. In school the love he had for music made him
join the choir and he made friends who shared the same passion. Together with his friends they formed a band
called The Skyway Band; it was during that period that he discovered the Rastafarian
movement, he fell in love with its ideology and became one of them. Clocking 18, he was urged to join his cousin’s
band, The Love Brothers, playing Zulu pop music known as mbaqanga. To support his music ambition and family,
he worked as a guard for Hole and Cooke at the car auctions in Midrand. Their band started making waves and drawing
attention from investors; it was this time that Teal Record Company, under Richard Siluma
signed them. The band activities never interfered with
his schooling and most of their recordings were done during holidays. The band released its first album under the
name Lucky Dube and the Supersoul. They released their second album after and
this time Lucky wrote most of the lyrics and led most the songs, he had begun learning
English. Having made the band his and about to release
fifth album, Dave Segal, his sound engineer advised he dropped the other name Supersoul,
he took the advice and afterwards, he was known as Lucky Dube. Inspired by Peter Tosh and Jimmy Cliff during
concerts, he teased the audience with some reggae tunes and the fans loved every bit
of it. He was pleased and decided to stick to that
genre of music since it was a suitable tool to fight the ills in then South African society. In 1984, he decided to test the waters and
released the mini album Rastas Never Die. In comparison with his previous records, the
new album sold poorly. To worsen the situation, the Apartheid government
found the album guilty of instigating the people against them, so it was banned. None of those discouraged Lucky Dube, who
stuck to this genre; he produced a second reggae album, Think About It. It achieved platinum sales status and established
Dube as a popular reggae artist in South Africa. Over time, he continued releasing reggae albums
having established himself as a reggae artist not just in South Africa but in the international
scene. In 1989 he won four OKTV Awards for his song,
Prisoner, the following year he won for Capture Live and another for House of Exile. And in 1993, his album Victims sold over a
million copies all over the world and that earned him a contract with Motown in 1995. In 1996 he released what was known as a compilation
album, Serious Reggae Business and he was named the Best Selling African Recording Artiste
at the World Music Awards. He won so many other awards before his death
and he was an actor at some point featuring in few movies like Voice in the Dark, Getting
Lucky and Lucky Strikes Back. This revolutionary fighter was killed in Johannesburg
on the 18th of October, 2007 shortly after dropping two of his seven children off at
their uncle’s house. According to police report it was the case
of carjackers who did not recognize him. Five men were arrested in connection to his
death, three were found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment. Lucky Dube was a lover of children and that
explained why he had as many as seven. What’s your take on Lucky Dube’s music? Let’s know in the comment section. Will it be ridiculous to subscribe to our
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