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South Africa's Reggae Maestro Lucky Dube


To many refugees in Africa and across the diaspora there was one voice that culminated what it meant to be the displaced victims of war. With his velvety falsetto and Rasta approach, Lucky Dube sang of a freedom easy to dream yet too hard to grasp. Born in Ermelo, Mpumalanga (SA) and aptly named because of his mother’s previous failed pregnancies, Dube would by chance become the calming voice for many people yearning for home.

Tragically, we lost Dube in 2007 when he was gunned down by carjackers in Johannesburg. As he crooned in "Remember Me", let's do just that and recall his legacy. Download one of his early Mbaqanga records Umadekeni and stream "Remember Me" and "Going Back To My Roots" from Dube's reggae days below.

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Lucky Dube "Remember Me"

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Lucky Dube "Going Back To My Roots"

>>>Download Lucky Dube Umadekeni LP

Interview

Amadou & Mariam Forever

We talk to the legendary Malian duo about their rich past, songwriting process and their advice for young African artists with disabilities.

Amadou & Mariam don't require an introduction.

The couple has been making Afro-blues music for over 35 years, drawing inspiration from their home of Mali, for over 35 years.

Their 1999 albumSou Ni Tilé sold 100,000 copies. In 2005, their album Dimanche à Bamako won the French Victoire de la Musique prize for Best World Music Album of the year and the BBC Radio 3 Award for Africa. It also went platinum in France after selling over 300,000 copies. The duo have performed with U2, Coldplay, Blur and many others.

We caught up with them below for a conversation about their rich past, their songwriting process and their advice for young African artists with disabilities, ahead of the duo's performance at the upcoming London Jazz Festival 2021.

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