Lucky Dube: The End of an Era

 From the BBC:

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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 began his career by singing mbaqanga (traditional Zulu) music and recorded his first album with the Super Soul band in 1982.

He later moved into reggae, producing Rastas Never Die which was banned by the apartheid government.

His albums Slave, Prisoner and Together As One saw him gain first national, and then global, recognition.

Three years ago his 1989 anti-apartheid hit Together as One, which calls for world peace and harmony, was voted one of Africa’s top 10 songs by BBC readers and listeners.

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The shock, pain and anger coursing through the hearts and minds of South Africans and the international music community is as great today as it was when John Lennon was murdered or when hip-hop icons Chris Wallace and Tupac Shakur were gunned down.  There is no doubt that we, as a human family, have not learned how to live humanely.

Whether it’s a story of 12-year old boys stoning an elderly man to death in front of his son, or a story like the one emerging from the continent, it must be painfully clear that we have miles to go before we sleep.  And yet, we’ve been down this road before.

One comment

  1. Yeah! i heard about this one. How far have we sunken when we can be so animalistic in our behaviour to eacch other.

    All for a damn car or a dis!

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