Today marks 16 years since legendary reggae star Lucky Dube died after being shot in Johannesburg. The musician gave Mzansi and the world many hits.
Born in Ermelo, Mpumalanga on August 3, 1964, and raised by a single mother, Lucky recorded 22 albums and made his mark across the globe. X was abuzz with users sharing their memories of the megastar and their favorite songs.
“On this day in 2007, Lucky Dube was assassinated. Lucky fought injustice and brought hope to many in Soweto who thought life would never change. He was raised by a single mother who named him ‘Lucky’ because she considered his birth fortunate after several failed pregnancies,” wrote an X user.
“Legends rest, they never die. May your spirit live on and continue to inspire unity among the human race,” another wrote.
“16 years on. RIP Lucky Dube. Black philosophy and music at its best.”
Lucky won the Best-Selling African Musician prize at the 1996 World Music Awards. Other accolades included a Sama in the Lifetime Achievement category in 2008 and the MTV Africa Music Legend Award in 2009.
The legendary musician also starred in several movies, including Getting Lucky, Lucky Strikes Back, and the popular feature film Voice in The Dark.
House of Exile (1991)
Soul Taker (2001)
House of Exile
Group Areas Act
Running — Falling
Is this freedom?
Teach the World
Here are some reactions from X :
Timeless💥 – Gone but not forgotten.Lucky Dube will never be erased from our hearts and minds.Rest in power🙏
Lioness Productions SA – Legends rest…they never die ✊🏿
May your spirit live on & continue to inspire unity among the human race #LuckyDube❤💛💚 🇿🇦🌍🌐
Mr Sulait – On this day in 2007, Lucky Dube was assassinated. Lucky fought injustice and brought hope to many in Soweto who thought life would never change. He was raised by a single mother, who named him ‘Lucky’ because she considered his birth fortunate after several failed pregnancies.
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