R.I.P. Lucky Dube
The South African reggae musician, Lucky Dube, has been shot dead in front of his children in Johannesburg during an attempted car hijacking.
He had been dropping his teenage son and daughter off in the suburb of Rosettenville on Thursday evening.
Police say they were already out of the car when three shots were fired through a car window killing their father.
Alongside Bob Marley, he was thought of as one of the great reggae artists — singing about social problems.
He was also one of the apartheid regime’s most outspoken critics.
Correspondents say the killing has shocked South Africans who are already accustomed to one of the highest murder rates in the world.
Ironically, Lucky Dube was a victim of the very crimes he spoke out against in his music. Lucky was a good man who — although he identified with the Rastafarian movement — abstained from drugs and alcohol his entire life and devoted himself to spreading the message of peace and hopefulness through his music. He was born into and fought bravely against Apartheid and, later, the rising tide of seemingly uncontrollable violence in his country. He lent his incredible talent and fame to support social and political causes throughout Africa and remained a man of his people until his death.
I think his fan site might say it best, though:
When asked what inspires him (Lucky), he humbly notes – “People! Looking at people, watching people’s movements, the things they do. My songs are based on real life situations and experiences.”
From the release of his first reggae album in 1984, to his present superstar status today, Lucky has maintained the humble nature that brings him closer to the people that so inspire his music. He has toured the world more times over than anyone could dream of and shared stages with names such as Maxi Priest, Sinead O-Connor, Peter Gabriel, Michael Jackson, Seal, Ziggy Marley, Celine Dion, Sting and many, many others. He has raked in over 20 local and international awards for his music and videos, yet as a person he is unaffected by his success. Still living in the country that gave him birth, he records with his original sound engineer and belongs to the same record comany. A true gentleman, Lucky’s down-to-earth nature is one of his finest qualities.
His music is riddled with the desire to make the world a better place.
Go in peace, Lucky.