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LUCKY DUBE

RETROSPECTIVE

2008-12-02

Inspired by Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, South African Lucky Dube brought Reggae to the land of apartheid and used his recordings to speak endlessly about the need to end corruption, racism, Aids, poor education and black-on-black violence. Ironically, in 2007, at the age of 43, Dube fell victim to the violence that he preached against during a random car-jacking. While that tragic event stilled an urgent voice of change, the world is left with the 22 albums he recorded in his too short life. This set collects some of the highlights from his career. Disc one is a standard music disc while disc two is a dvd concert recording. The first two tracks, "Baxolelemi" and "Abathakathi" on disc one are representative of the zulu party music (mbaganga) that fueled his career before he switched to English lyrics fueled by a Reggae beat. The balance of the set has much the same exuberance but is aimed at both your hips and your head. With a large band and back up choir in tow on most tracks the music hits has hard as the lyrics. Worthy of much spinnage! Smitty

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