Lucky Dube 1964-2007Fans worldwide are mourning the tragic loss of reggae star Lucky Dube. Lucky Dube was murdered last night in a car jacking in Rosettenville in Johannesburg. Lucky Dube had released a total of 22 albums over the past 25 years. His record label Gallo Record Company issued a statement. They say Lucky tried to scape the car jacking scene, but died after being fatally wounded by hijacker's attempt to steal his motor vehicle. The record label says Luckye died almost instantly.
Gallo says, "South African born but globally revered, Lucky Dube was one of the country's most toured and beloved artists ever. His music touched millions around the world, primarily through his 22 recorded albums - in Zulu, English and even Afrikaans - many of which have been record breakers with phenomenal sales from around the globe."
Lucky Dube was known worldwide. He was one of South Africa's most celebrated musicians. The BBC reports that Lucky Dube's friend TK, a music producer at TS records, called the senseless killing tragically ironic. TK says, "The whole continent has lost a performer, musician, a guy that fought for freedom in his own way, in his own right, was just shot by some guy who wanted to take his car, you know, which is Mickey Mouse really."
Lucky Dube was a victim of a a growing crime problem in South Africa. The Times Online says shocked callers jamed radio airwaves complaining about the recent crime wave in South Africa and the government's inadequate reponse to it.
Lucky Dube once gave the following quote about rastafarianism: "If Rastafarianism is about having dreadlocks, smoking marijuana and believing that Haile Selassie is God, then I am not Rastafarian. But if it is about political, social and personal consciousness, then, yes, I am."
The BBC has a recent interview with Lucky Dube which can be found here.
Posted on October 19, 2007