On the 9th anniversary of the tragic death of legendary musician Lucky Dube, South Africans and the world have taken to social media to pay their tribute.
Nine years ago, one of SA’s icons Lucky Dube met his tragic end after being shot during an alleged hijacking. The unfortunate incident took place in 2007 outside a family member’s home in Rosettenville, Johannesburg.
Dube, 43, had been dropping-off two of his seven children at the time. Luckily, the children were unharmed in the incident which claimed the life of a rare gem.
The entertainment industry and the whole world were left dumbstruck at the news of the musician’s death.
Subsequently, Sfiso Mhlanga, Ludwe Gxowa and Mbuti Mabe were arrested for his murder. They faced judgement and were later sentenced to life imprisonment in 2009.
Nevertheless, almost a decade later, Dube’s legacy still lives on. To commemorate his life and death, scores of fans have taken to social media to remember his works. In addition, Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa has urged the nation to celebrate the icon’s contribution to music on Tuesday.
Taking to social media, Mthethwa paid tribute to Dube, saying he touched a lot of lives through his music.
“Today we pay tribute to Raggae music icon Lucky Dube who died tragically on this day in 2007. His music touched millions across the globe,” he said.
Mthethwa also applauded the impact Dube’s music had on the citizens during the Apartheid era.
Born in Mpumalanga, Lucky Dube used music to inspire social change. Such was his impact that his music was banned during the Apartheid era. pic.twitter.com/Lm91rCzy7x
— Min. Nathi Mthethwa (@NathiMthethwaSA) October 18, 2016
Fans of the fallen icon have also inundated social media with their tribute messages.
— RealRasSipho (@RealRasSipho) October 18, 2016
One of the greatest son of the soil. Remembering Lucky Dube pic.twitter.com/zK6c8IQgxY
— Maisha Yangu (@VhutshiloXL) October 18, 2016
Can't believe it's been 9 years since Lucky Dube was killed. I remember that night, before Twitter or Facebook…just the SAPA wire.
— Quinton Mtyala (@mtyala) October 18, 2016
Lucky Dube’s Humble Success
Legendary musician Lucky Dube started his career as a traditional musician in 1979. He later switched to reggae in 1984 and went on to record more than 20 albums.
During his career which was cut short by his alleged hijackers, the “reggae king” won numerous awards – including several South African Music Awards and a World Music Award. In fact, his music touched a lot of lives around the globe.