Sunday 8 October 2023


(1). Lucky Dube was born on 3rd August 1964 on a small farm in Ermelo, in South Africa.

(2) - His Name: "Lucky Philip Dube" was his real name. Thankful about his birth, his mother named him like that after having lost a baby.

(3) - His Childhood: Like many other kids in Africa, Lucky often had to work and help support his family instead of going to school. He once worked as a gardener or as a library assistant. He was partly raised by his granny because as a single mom, his mother was working a lot as well.

(4) - His Music: He started to make music when he was still a child. He recorded a number of "mbaqanga" albums in the languages of Zulu and Afrikaans before switching to reggae in 1984, inspired by Peter Tosh.

(5) - His Career: He was the biggest selling reggae artist of South Africa. His album Prisoner was South Africa's best selling album of the 1980s/90s and Victims sold over 1 mio copies. The compilation Serious Reggae Business had phenomenal sales in Ghana. He won over 20 awards in South Africa and internationally. He was on tour most of his life.

(6) - His Movies: He appeared in the movies "Getting Lucky", "Lucky Strikes Back" and in the feature film "Voice In The Dark".

(7) - His Private Life: He and his wife Zanele had seven children. He was a big fan and owner of horses.

(8) - His Home Country: The Apartheid government came into power in 1948 and officially discriminated the black population until the 1990ies. Around 19'000 murders were registered in South Africa during the year 2008. Most victims are young, black males.

(9) - His Principles: He strictly refused to smoke ganja, drink alcohol or use any other drug in order to be a good example for his children and the youth. He was a peaceful protester against racial discrimination, war and crime.

(10) - His Death: During an attempted carjacking on 18.10.2007 in Rosettenville, a suburb of Johannesburg, he was shot and killed in his car in front of the eyes of his teenage kids.

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