Lucky Dube: Remembering A World-class Reggae Legend


Exactly one decade ago, the legend that is Lucky Dube was snatched from South Africa and the whole world.

The tragic incident which seems like yesterday has actually been 10 years since the death of the reggae music icon Lucky Dube who was killed in a botched hijacking in Rosettenville, Johannesburg on the 18 October 2007. The incident took place at about 8PM.

At the time of his death, Lucky was dropping off his son at a family member’s house when the incident occurred. Five men were arrested in connection with the murder, three were tried and found guilty on 31 March 2009. The men were sentenced to life in prison.

Lucky Dube

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To mark 10 years since Lucky Dube died as well as commemorate his talent, his former recording company, Gallo Records has released a compilation album today.

The double-disc album is titled The Times We’ve Shared. It is a limited release of some of Dube’s biggest hits like I Want to Know What Love Is, Prisoner and Remember Me. The album also includes three previously unreleased tracks of the star for his fans to enjoy. The album is available for download online platforms.

Carol Morabe of Gallo Records described Dube as one of Africa’s highest selling artists in the world.

“Dube was one of Africa’s biggest selling contemporary artists and his music lives on. He was known for spreading a conscious message of love and peace.”

In honour of the music icon, Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa urged the nation to celebrate his contribution to music.

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Lucky Dube

In typical Mthethwa style, the minister took to social media to lead the pack by paying tribute to Dube.

“Today we pay tribute to one of our finest reggae musicians, the legendary Lucky Dube who died tragically on this day 10 years ago‚” he wrote.

Buzz facts about Lucky Dube

Born in Ermelo, formerly of the Eastern Transvaal, now of Mpumalanga, on 3 August 1964, Dube grew up under the care of his mother who got separated from his father before he was born. For the most part of his childhood, Dube and his siblings Thandi and Patrick spent more time with their grandmother, Sarah, while their mother relocated to work.

While in school, Dube joined a choir and, with some friends, formed his first musical group, called The Skyway Band. It was at this time that he discovered the Rastafari movement. At 18, Dube joined his cousin’s band, The Love Brothers, playing Zulu pop music known as mbaqanga while working for Hole and Cooke as a security guard at the car auctions in Midrand to make ends meet.

Subsequently, the band signed with Teal Record Company (which was later incorporated into Gallo Record Company) under Richard Siluma.

The legendary Lucky Dube recorded 22 albums in Zulu, English and Afrikaans in his career spanning up to 25 years. Ten years after his death, he’s still regarded as South Africa’s biggest-selling reggae artist