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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

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