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Johannesburg, South Africa (1964 – 2007)

Lucky Dube (born August 3, 1964, died October 18, 2007) was a reggae musician from Johannesburg, South Africa. He was named Lucky because when he was born in poor health, and the doctors thought he would die. But he survived, so was named Lucky. In his youth, Lucky lived with many different family members, singing in bars and in church. He eventually formed a band with some friends, but they could not afford to purchase instruments. Eventually, Lucky wrote a play which he and his bandmates performed, earning enough money to buy a guitar. Their band was then called Skyway, and they played in the mbaqanga style.

Two years after Skyway’s formation, Lucky joined Richard Siluma’s Love Brothers. He stayed with them for several years, before switching to reggae in the early 1980s. His first major success in that field came at the influential Sunsplash festival in Jamaica.

Lucky’s “Together as One” was the first song by a black artist to be played on a white radio station in South Africa. His two most popular albums, Prisoner and Slave, are among the most renowned and best-selling in South Africa’s history. One of Lucky’s favourite singers was the late Peter Tosh.

On the 18th of October 2007, Lucky was shot dead in an attempted car jacking in Johannesburg, South Africa.


Rastas Never Dies

Think About The Children

(The Above Two available on 2on1 - Lucky Dube Rastas Never Dies/Think About The Children (2000))

Slave (1989)

Prisoner (1990)

Together as one (1992)

House of exile (1992)

Captured Live (1993)

Victims (1993)

Trinity (1995)

Serious reggae business (1996)


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  • perfektionismus

    They should have made him president of South Africa instead of having him killed.

    30 Jan 9:49pm Reply
  • nerissnapthali

    I'd only just(ice) been introduced to his music when he was murdered..I know we have a very special mutual friend, whom he frequently mentions. and mi pass on dat info. on by saying "Dat's Lucky seen! Obviously no-one realised that I was a fan andt was only just starting our journey together. It's his guidance that gets mi good deals on African Artifacts./food/ clothing /fabrics etc..But it looks like this site is in a bit of a Pickle..maybe some Jammins Pinned onto mi pinterest Board will be useful. Have considered using Pinboards as a substitute lover (I'm Not) for a while.Lucky has a major problem,someone insists he knows the full meanimg of "The Click Song" but he doesn't recall any of it at all.Name of record on his profile via You Tube.

    18 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Joseph_159

    listen to good music of Lucky Dube in

    29 Nov 2013 Reply
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  • John551

    Comme Bob Marley, Lucky Dube restera une legende ♥

    18 Jul 2012 Reply
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  • culture_club

    the best leave your planet first. there is no logic in human incarnation.

    8 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Demonomaniaco

    How Will I Know is amazing.

    13 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Lowbacca

    21 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Lowbacca

    heard him first in a cab driving through windhoek, namibia, one morning

    21 Aug 2011 Reply
  • migtygraceltd

    oh..... we lost such a great star may his soul rest in perfact peace BUDE BUDE BUDE LUCKY.........

    14 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Optimus_Nasty

    He was one of the first live reggae performances I saw. It was amazing and I'm really really glad that I've seen him before he was killed. I'll never forget that experience.

    28 May 2011 Reply
  • JoeHemlock

    i remember being completely sickened by the news of his death. hard to believe it was 2007. still feels recent. the wounds havenae healed.

    18 May 2011 Reply
  • Akinzzo

    One of the best the world ever had......

    21 Apr 2011 Reply
  • smee85

    Money Money Money

    19 Apr 2011 Reply
  • HoudiniMartini

    I just watched a live concert of Lucky Dube on DVD, i broke down to tears several times, i grew a lot with his music as a child.... I miss him dearly R.I.P

    26 Feb 2011 Reply
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