Lucky Dube

Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s


3 August 1964, Ermelo, Eastern Transvaal, South Africa, d. 18 October 2007, Rosettenville, Johannesburg, South Africa. The most successful African reggae artist of all time, Lucky Dube (pronounced Doobay) took his Peter Tosh -influenced music further than his hero himself managed.

Guitarist-vocalist Dube formed his first group, a mbqanga combo entitled the Skyway Band, while still at school. An interest in Rastafarianism complemented a musical predilection for reggae, although, as a member of the Love Brothers, his first album (on the Gallo label) betrayed none of these influences. His first hit single, the ‘Zulu soul’ of ‘Baxoleleni’, arrived in 1983, from his solo set Lengane Ngeyetha. Several albums later, he starred in a South African movie, Getting Lucky, and performed reggae tracks for its soundtrack. His first reggae album, Rastas Never Die, was banned in South Africa on account of its militancy, and Dube...

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