Thursday, October 18, 2007

SAD: Lucky Dube’s Unlucky Day Arrives

CAPTION: Lucky Dube does a gunshot gesture during one of his concerts in the US (Left) and below is his face upclose.

We all know we MUST taste it but HONESTLY nobody can tolerate death…
Well, this morning Ugandans woke up to the sad news of the death of South African reggae legend Lucky Dube, who has a significantly huge following in Uganda.
Media reports from SA indicated that Dube (43) was shot dead by robbers who attacked his car immediately after he had dropped off his son in Rosettenville, a suburb of Johannesburg.
“His son was already out of the car. When he saw what was happening, he ran to ask for help,” Police Captain Cheryl Engelbrecht said.
Rumours are making rounds that Lucky Dube could have been shot on orders of one of his business partners. Lucky Dube was one of the most successful businessmen in Johannesburg.
Actually Lucky Dube was supposed to perform in Kampala on December 8 though he has been demanding that the show is postponed to December 31 (New Year’s Day). Right now nobody can establish who exactly upset or even killed Dube but time will tell the truth…
Considered as Africa’s most popular reggae artist, Lucky Dube toured the world singing about social problems. His songs became hits in Uganda in the late 80s through the 90s and early 2000s. Actually, some of his songs are still hits on local radio stations.
Lucky Dube’s performance at a jam-packed Namboole Stadium in December 1997 is considered the biggest music event Uganda has ever seen. Moreover, he was breaking his own record after a previous concert in Nakivubo Stadium where even some revellers succumbed to heat and force due to the a mammoth turn-up.
Through 21 albums, Dube’s vision encompassed all the extremes of his beloved Africa/black-land: the poverty, slavery, apartheid (in SA) and racism among other problems that Africa has faced. Dube, who approached difficult subjects such as poverty and fatherlessness with inventive technique through music, became one of the towering figures of serious music in Africa. He was probably the greatest African reggae artist, all things considered, and at the time of his death he had just concluded his US tour where he brought the house down in the states of Minnesota, Manhattan, Atlanta Georgia, New Jersey and Chicago.

1 comment:

Iwaya said...

Still recovering from this senseless horror...wondering how it is possible these carjackers could not have recognised him. Even the thugs who were robbing Pele relented from taking his life because they recognised who he was. They have robbed the whole world, not just Dube's family.