Remembering Lucky Dube: Legendary reggae star would have turned 56

Remembering Lucky Dube: Legendary reggae star would have turned 56

- The late reggae legend, Lucky Dube, would have turned 56 years old on this day

- The talented musician was one of the biggest selling artists in the country before his untimely death

- The Remember Me hitmaker still remains one of the top-selling artists in stores and across all digital platforms

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Reggae legend, Lucky Dube, would have turned 56 on this day, 3 August. The talented musician was one of the most successful artists in the country.

He is responsible for some of the nation's favourite songs including Slave, Remember Me, It's not Easy and Respect.

According to the label he was signed to, Gallo Music Records, the songs are still being streamed to this day. The Sowetan reports that the tracks have garnered more than 50 million streams globally.

He is seated firmly in the Top 10 most-listened-to artists in Nigeria, Tanzania, Ghana and Kenya.

Speaking to the publication, Gallo's marketing manager Carol Morabe said that Lucky Dube's songs are also streamed in the US, the UK, France and Brazil.

"He remains an ambassador of African music globally and his legacy still lives on in the conscious message of peace and unity for the world to enjoy."
Remembering Lucky Dube: Legendary reggae star would have turned 56

UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Lucky Dube (Photo by Larry Hulst/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Source: Getty Images

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Lucky Dube's successful career lasted 25 years and he recorded 22 albums. The singer won over 20 awards locally and internationally. His first album, released in 1984 with the title Rastas Never Die, was banned by South Africa's apartheid government.

The musician was murdered on 18 October, 2007. He was killed by robbers in a Johannesburg suburb called Rosettenville shortly after dropping two of his seven children off at their uncle's house. Dube was driving his Chrysler 300C, which the assailants were after.

The High Court in Johannesburg found Sifiso Mhlanga, Julius Gxowa and Mbuti Mabe guilty of the murder and sentenced them to life in prison.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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