It’s exactly four years the music and reggae icon Lucky Dube (3rd August 1964 – 18th October 2007) kissed his collosus fans all over the planets goodbye, in the suburb of Rosettenville on 18th october 2007 as he was cruelly murdered by car hijackers, but the relics he left behind will never be forgotten, at 43, he has already stamped his feet indelibly on the sands of time.
His grand landmarks in the musical world has made the name ‘lucky dube’ a household name, never would anyone discuss reggae anywhere without mentioning the name umpteen times. In his short life, he has 22 albums recorded and has featured in many musical concerts across the globe, he even featured in the film ‘Getting Lucky’ and in the feature film ‘ Voice In The Dark’.
Due to his inherent exceptional schorlarly qualities, at the age of nine, he was chosen as the Library Assistant in his school, that, informed his interest in history, literature and music, however, he started singing in his home town in the church and in bars, and in 1979 he launched out his career as Mbaqanga singer alongside his associates Thukukani Cele and Chris Diamini, and in 1982 as a member of the band THE LOVE BROTHERS recorded the album titled MBAQANGA.
He was drawn to reggae through Peter Tosh songs, whom he claimed influenced him so much, he also had respect to the reggae master Bob Marley whom he considered to have popularise reggae music, His first reggae album ‘RASTAS NEVER DIE’ was released in 1985 and was immediately banned by South African Censors. Undaunted, he continued his reggae career and in 1987 pulled over 50,000 crowds at a concert with the release of the album ‘SLAVE’. In the same vibe in 1988 with the release ‘TOGETHER AS ONE’ pulled over 65,000 crowds of spectators. This giant strides continued through out his career as a reggae artist, he became the first black artist in South Africa to be played on a white radio station. In 27th may 2007, he was made a honorary citizen of Dallas, Texas in the USA. Lucky Dube has more than twenty national and international awards for his musics and videos. He made Africa proud across the globe. We love you, Lucky Dube the Double Legend.
*1980, South Africas Biggest Selling Contemporary Artist (Mail and Guardian Award)
*1980, The Shining Star of African Reggae (Afropop.com Awards)
*1989, Best Sleeve Design for ‘Prisoner’ (OKTV Awards)
*1989, Hit of The Year For ‘Prisoner’ ( OKTV Awards)
*1989, Best Male Vocalist Of The Year ( OKTV Awards)
*1990, Best Selling Vocalist Of the Year ( OKTV Awards)
*1991, Best Sleeve Design For ‘ HO– USE OF EXILE’ (OKTV Awards)
*1991, Top Man In Africa, Ivory Coast. ( Alpha Blondy Awards)
*1994, Best Selling African Artist ( WOMAD Awards)
*1996, Best Selling African Recording Artist (Ghana Music Awards)
*1996, International Artist of The Year. (Ghana Music Awards)
*1997, Best Producer Award For ‘TAXMAN’ (South Africa Music Awards)
*1997, Best reggae album for ‘TAXMAN’ (South Africa Music Awards)
*1997, Best Pop Performance For ‘TAXMAN’ (South Africa Music Awards)
*1999, Best Africa Video For ‘ THE WAY IT IS’ (KORA All Africa Music Awards)
*1999, Best Reggae Album For ‘ THE WAY IT IS’ (South Africa Music Awards)
*2001, Best Reggae Album for ‘SOUTH TAKER’ (South Africa Music Awards)
*2006, Best Video ( Channel O Music Awards).
Written by Onyedika C. Okolo