Lucky Dube: The Pride Of Africa’s Transcendent Reggae Star

Lucky Dube recorded 22 classic albums

Lucky Dube: The South African born reggae star was one of the world’s greatest musicians

Lucky Dube’s music was passionate, poetic and emotionally-rich

Ask any musician what it takes to be a successful musician to gain international status, believe me, the story you may hear might discourage you if wish to become a successful musician because music is one of the hardest industries to achieve instant success.

Many people who want to be musician think that the only things you need to get prepared is a set of drums and composition of few songs to be on the map of world music. That’s not the case. You can purchase the most expensive set of drums in the world but you’ll fail miserably and your dreams may be shattered.

You can have a good voice and be very good on the piano or guitar but if your music is not accepted by the audience, there wouldn’t be any room in your life for success. This is what has happened to many aspiring musicians to quit from the music business for good.

To be a proper musician you must be serious, ready to embrace all the disappointments, headaches, and setbacks involved in music to succeed else you’ll fail. That’s exactly what Lucky Dube did, but let’s ask, do names have an impact on people?

After many fruitless attempts to have a child, the mother successful had one and she named him Lucky, unknowing that name Lucky, was about to be one of the famous names within the music industry, for his success to overflow its banks. Lucky Dube was probably the most famous African reggae star the world has ever produced known throughout the whole world.

Jamaica could boast of great musicians such as Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, Barrington Levi, Jimmy Cliff, Beres Hammond, Cocoa Tea, Freddie McGregor, Anthony Be, Bushman etc, but Africa has also great musicians in the reggae field, such as Alpha Blondy, Tiken Jah Fakoly, Ras Kimona, Majek Fashek and Lucky Dube.

Lucky was among one of the world’s successful reggae stars. He was a master of the trade. Many do ask how his fame and popularity spread so fast? The answer is simple and logical. He played the type of music no one could refuse. His music was passionate, poetic and emotionally-rich.

10 Great Reggae Love Tunes To Boost Your Love Life


International Reggae star Gregory Isaacs

There are many ways to boost your love life to build a happy solid foundation. Some go to the restaurant, cinema, opera and other places of interests, but many used to forget that playing love songs at home is one of the best strategies to build a happy union. Below are some of my favourite reggae love tunes. I hope you will like them.

  1. Bob Marley’s Turn Your Lights Down Low

2. Peter Tosh’s Rock With Me

3. Shaggy’s Piece Of My Heart

4. Anthony B’s Someone Loves You Honey

5. Mikey Spice’ The Power Of Love

6. Beres Hammond’s They Gonna Talk

7. Gregory Isaacs’ My Only Lover

8. Lucky Dube’s How Will I Know If She Loves Me

9. I Jah Man Levi’s I do

10. Roger Robin’s You’re Beautiful

This is my selection of reggae love tunes for you. Remember that the tongue and the teeth sometimes fight. That means there are misunderstandings in every marriage or relationship. When there is any problem rekindle your love by playing these great love tunes. It will help you.


Jimmy’s Cliff’s Shelter Of Love

Tarrus Riley’s She’s Royal

Freddy McGregor’s I don’t Want To Be Lonely

The CD’s of all these great artists are available at Amazon:

The Inside Story Of The Influence Of Peter Tosh On Lucky Dube

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Lucky Dube and Peter Tosh

Like many writers, some of the great musicians all have stories to tell over what or who influenced them to reach the highest peak of their musical career. It will be recalled that one day, Burning Spear met Bob Marley on his way to the farm and he spoke to him about his music ambitions. Bob Marley then directed Burning Spear to go to ‘Studio One.’

That was the beginning of Burning Spear’s successful musical career. With a good heart, he gave credit to Bob Marley in his song “As it is” taken from his album ” Calling Rastafari.” He sings, “I start singing in the late sixties. Told about Studio One by Bob Marley.”

Out of the three original trios of  ‘The Wailers’ Lucky Dube likes Peter Tosh. There must be some reasons. Lucky was a victim of Apartheid. During the Apartheid era, two white men with bull dogs were bragging about how strong and wild the dogs are. Unfortunately, Lucky appeared there at a wrong time and the owners let go the dogs on him. Lucky Dube said this sad story in one of his interviews.

While world leaders, including Margaret Thatcher, were supporting Apartheid, concerned Peter Tosh, was probably the first musician to play the tune ‘Apartheid,’ expressing his anger against the injustice and sufferings of South Africans, before other musicians followed him. This is a significant example if Lucky Dube likes Peter Tosh. Reggae music is not only to be listened to but also to be studied.

Lucky Dube honoured Peter Tosh

Now let’s find out the love Lucky Dube had for Peter Tosh. In one of the songs of Peter Tosh, ‘Glass House,’ Peter Tosh sang “Harm no man, Let no man harm you, Do unto others, As they would do to you, And to every baldhead, Respect the Rastaman Cause he’s the only man left on creation.” The latter, “Respect the Rastaman cause he’s the only man left on creation,” is what I want to lay my emphasis on.

 In 1991, Lucky Dube released the remarkable album named ‘PRISONER.’ On the track called “Reggae Strong,” Lucky Dube honoured and paid a tribute to Peter Tosh unnoticed by singing, ” Killing the prophets of reggae, Destroying the prophets of reggae, But somebody said to all the bald heads Respect the rastaman ‘Cause he’s the only one
Only one left in Jah creation.” (He referred to Peter Tosh here.)

During my interview with Lucky, he confirmed his likeness to Peter and said; “Peter Tosh was a great singer, so I feel honoured if people say that I sing like him.” He similarly honoured Bob Marley too, while singing the song ‘VICTIM,’ saying “Bob Marley said
“How long shall they kill our prophets, While we stand aside and look But little did he know that eventually the enemy will stand aside and look while we slash and kill.”

“Reggae in the bathroom, Reggae in the bedroom, Reggae everywhere, Reggae in jail, reggae in church, Everybody likes it.” Lucky Dube was a kind of musician no one can fill his shoes, after his tragic departure from this earth because he was the only Lucky Dube and his music was exceptional and a masterpiece.

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Belgium: Is The Royal Family Proud Of The Horrible Crime Leopold II Committed In Africa?

Mathilde 2King Philippe and Queen Mathilde: What kind of heart do they have inside them?

“It takes a million people to build up a good reputation, but it takes one stupid fool to destroy everything they have done,” sings the late Lucky Dube, South Africa’s reggae legend. This is the exact situation of the Royal Family of Belgium, because one of the ancestors, King Leopold II, was a greedy mad ruler and a murderer.

Some women have given birth to monsters to rule this world. Apart from Adolf Hitler, Idi Amin, Pol Pot, Josef Stalin, Saddam Hussein etc, another evil man whose crimes against humanity shocked the world is King Leopold II. Born on 17 December 1865 in Brussels, the horrible crimes Leopold committed were swept under the carpet, but the hump in the carpet has exposed his heinous crimes to be seen by the whole world.

In  1880’s, when Europe was scrambling over the continent of Africa like ants stumbling upon sugar, Congo became the personal property of King Leopold II of Belgium. The 905,000 square miles (76 times larger than Belgium) of African rainforest held vast natural mineral resources, including in rubber, a commodity in high demand in late 19th century industrial Europe.

PICA 2A victim of Leopold’s brutality: A mother who has lost his right arm breastfeeds her child while another  child stands by her in shock.

King Leopold II of Belgium was responsible for the deaths and mutilation of 10 million Congolese Africans during the late 1800’s. On his throne in Brussels, Leopold gave orders to his commanding officer to: Cut off the heads of the men and hang them on the village palisades, also their sexual members, and to hang the women and the children on the palisade in the form of a cross.”  

Leopold’s reign of terror wasn’t only the cutting off the heads and hands of the innocent helpless Congolese but flogging them to death, starving them into forced labour, holding children ransom and burning villages, as a punishment for those who failed to meet the rubber quotas set by the Belgian officers.

The disturbing part of this story is after  the death of Leopold II, his successors (The Belgian Royal Family) never took his crimes into account. Instead, he was hailed as a hero, naming of streets after him and building of his statue. That’s where the Royal Family went wrong because the dead can’t be mocked. There are many restless souls haunting people in their homes. There are houses people can’t stay inside, all because of the horrible circumstances those people were murdered.

PICA 4The lunatic Leopold II hailed a hero after his horrible crimes in Africa.

This terrible mistake has cast a gloomy shadow on Belgium’s Royal Family, portraying them as evil people in the society today, despite their national duties, charitable service and their selfless help for the poor and  the sick. Yes, sometimes you can do good things in the society, but when the evil seed you’ve sown grows, it covers up all the good work you’ve done. The Royal Family may think they are the most adorable family in the world, yet they have millions, not thousands of enemies across the world for supporting crime.

Slavery was abolished in America in 1865, the Berlin wall came tumbling down in 1989, while Apartheid bowed to democracy in 1994, yet the Leopold’s statue which is not only degrading Africans but also the Belgium’s Royal Family is still standing on its feet. There is time for everything. A time of sadness, a time of happiness, a time to sow, a time to reap, a time of birth, a time to die. It’s now time for Leopold’s statue to come down if the Royal Family really respect themselves.

The Devil Among Us In The Likely Of Men

handsUnited we stand, divided we fall.

Racial discrimination, violence and crime, are some of the problems that have divided, caused havoc and brought unrest in our society today, yet many don’t learn  from the painful experience, destruction and the mistakes they do.

No body wants to be called a racist. “The black man say it’s the white man, The white man say it’s the black man, Indians say it’s the coloureds, Coloureds say it’s everyone…….” Sings Lucky Dube, the great South African reggae legend.

In one of the shops in Antwerp, an African dog lover,went to buy a dog’s chain. After payment, as soon as he stepped outside, a white man entering the same shop, saw him with the chain. He asked the African if he is going to use the chain on his neck. What a provocation?  I quickly stepped in to hold the angry African, when the scene nearly turned to bloodshed.

That is how life goes sometimes. The poor African is not looking for trouble but the devil is knocking on his door to give him one. The white man knows very well that such question could bring unexpected problems, yet he ignored and did what his heart wants. And if you called him a racist, he will tell you “I’m not.”

At the just concluded Flemish Journalist Association end of year’s press conference on December 5, 2015, in Antwerp, I witnessed something more shocking. Among all the Belgian journalists, were only two Africans. A white male came to the other African, a radio journalist and asked him if he knows what monkeys eat.

“I don’t know.” He answered. “Then follow me.” Said the Belgian journalist. The radio journalist followed him, without knowing whether it was a joke, game or racial discrimination.

To his utmost surpise, he was taken to table with a bowl of fruits, including banana. He just smiled and left the Belgian journalist standing by the table. Why should something like that happen among a group of journalists in the same association? This is an insult not intelligence.

Many times the black man is seen as a criminal in the society, because of the colour of his skin, but crime doesn’t know colour. Both black and white commit crime. If you hate someone bcause of his colour, please just leave him alone. Don’t try to stir racial violence, because when trouble erupts, it affects everyone including children, our business and the society.

Interview With South Africa Reggae Legend: Lucky Dube

Lucky JoeThe author, Joel Savage interviews Lucky Dube


“Reggae in the bathroom, Reggae in the bedroom, Reggae everywhere, Reggae in jail, Reggae in church, everybody likes it,” sings Lucky Dube. In this book the writer speaks to some of the masters behind contemporary reggae and African music.

“The fall of Apartheid, I know I’m part of it in some ways,” says Lucky Dube. “Definitely, my father was my biggest influence in music,” says Andrew Tosh.

The influence and impact of these great musicians is internationally known and is recounted with warm, sincere, and unrivaled craftsmanship that distinguishes them in the music world.

Read the live performances and interviews of: Anthony B, Joseph Hill-Culture, Gregory Isaacs, U-Roy, Capleton, Julian Marley, Prince Malachi, Luciano, Lucky Dube, Julian Murvin, Andrew Tosh, ASWAD, Live Wyya, Seun Kuti, Femi Kuti, Faytinga, Manu Dibango, and Tutu Poane.


Lucky Dube

This beautifully illustrated, color photo book is one of the most fascinating and interesting works ever written about reggae and African music. Read the interview I had with the great reggae star, Lucky Dube, in this interesting book. Price of the E-copy version of the book slashed and reduced for reggae lovers to afford.

Face To Face With The Great Joseph Hill Of The Group Called Culture

Culture was one of Jamaica's best reggae groups

Joel Savage interviews Reggae legend Joseph Hill of Culture

Down in Jamaica, where Garvey comes from many groups and musicians started in the early seventies like the mighty Joseph Hill. But they are nowhere to be found today. Like the spirit of the Lord is upon Joseph Hill, for the past thirty years, nothing at all could stop him from spreading his message against war, oppression, crime, discrimination, poverty, racism, corruption, and injustice.

In the year 2003, he came out with “world peace” album seeking peace worldwide and rejecting war totally. On July 25, 2004, after performing live, he granted this interview to The Voice Magazine Belgian Correspondent.


Joel: I have to call you Sir Joseph Hill. Let’s rally round Jehovah’s throne. I have some few questions to ask you today.

Joseph: You are welcome. (Then he smiled)

Joel: It was in the seventies, I heard of Culture. Can you please tell what has inspired you to be in this hard music industry for all these years?

Joseph: It’s Jah (referring to God) that gives me the strength. Always feel that there is something in watch out. For myself, I love to play for the people. They are also part of my inspiration. These are what have inspired me throughout these years.

Joel: You have been singing all you life about corruption, oppression, war, poverty, discrimination, crime and so on. Were you a victim to such things in any circumstances?

Joseph: There are people I saw in comparison to various countries. Yes!yes!!yes!!! I have seen people die and not a word of justice is been said. Think of the person’s life. It is priceless. My last grief I had. There was this woman in Afghanistan, separated from the land. They treated her so bad that she and her child were eating grass.”G R A S S- grass”.(Joseph moved with sorrow spelt the word grass)

Joel: Your lyrics and beats in every song of Culture, touches and moves everyone on the road of trials and tribulations. Where do you get such wonderful rhythms and lyrics from?

Joseph: The big man that rules the earth. He is the governor.(He laughed)

Joel: You were in Sierra Leone, when the war was at its peak, with brutal activities of the rebels. Did your visit created any impact or brought a change to the suffering masses?

Joseph: Yes, my visit brought a change. When the people saw me, they don’t know what to say. They just cried and cried. You know the rebels told the government that “You should be glad that Joseph is here. If you he wasn’t here this place would be destroyed within 24 hours. Imagine. I just came back from there a few weeks ago”

Joel: I learnt that at the capital Freetown, at the guest house you lodged, there is a tree nearby, and every morning a bird came to sing, and out of the song of the bird, you composed a song from it.

Joseph: Yes’ yes!! It is true.
Joel:On July 4th, 2004, I interviewed Lucky Dube, he told me that as a friend, you are one of the best men in the music industry. How do you react to this nice compliment?
Joseph: I take is easy. That’s all.

TV: I ask the same question any reggae artist I interview. Reggae music is loved by everyone. But why is it that the music is given less attention?

Joseph: Because the truth is God’s friend. But not a lot of people are the friend of the truth.

Joel: You are following the Palestinians and Israeli conflict for a very long time and have even-even visited the Gaza strip. Who do you think is the stumbling block to this peace everyone is seeking?

Joseph; Greed, greed, greed. Because there is enough to satisfy every man’s need but never enough to satisfy no man’s greed. So greed is the stumbling block.

Joel: In one of your music, you played a song against Yasser Arafat, as the stumbling block.

Joseph: He made himself like that. He has to change his ways and the other man would change his ways. There is something called “Repentance”. When repentance meets their hearts, we shall have a beautiful world.

Joel: You successfully came out last year with the remarkable “world peace” album. What message do you still have in mind for your numerous fans worldwide?

Joseph: You know people should respect one another. To be used, abused, refused and our hearts trampled by fear and living in doubt, thinking we are living on top of the world. No, we shouldn’t live that way. We have to seek happiness, love, mutual respect, joy and justice of God around us, and peace would find its rightful place.

Joel: Thank you very much for this interview Sir Joseph Hill.

Joseph: Thanks be to Jah

Read other interviews of Anthony B, Andrew Tosh, U-Roy, Prince Malachi, Julian Marley, ASWAD, Femi Kuti, Seun Kuti, Tutu Puoane and many others in ‘The Passion of Reggae and African Music.

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