THE Times mourns the shocking death of reggae artist Lucky Dube, who was shot dead in Johannesburg on Thursday night.
Dube was one of this country’s greatest — and most popular artists.
He had a conscience and stood against racism. His song, Different colours, one people included the lines “Look at me you see BLACK/ I look at you I see WHITE/ Now is the time to kick that away.”
His tragic death will hopefully finally kick away the mistaken notion that it is white South Africans who are victims of crime.
On Thursday night, it was Lucky Dube. Tonight it could be anyone anywhere.
We in Ghana here, Muslims, Christians and what have we, also felt your depature. You are uncomparable being. We shall be missing you.
RIP: They killed hoping to stop reggae, but we want to tell the killer that “No body can stop reggae because reggae is strong! Rest in Peace the king of reggae
I was in total shock when i heard of luckys death through a friend.We just saw him in concert in August,little did i know that the man i saw and shook hands with will soon be gone.
Rest in peace lucky-you fulfilled your God calling mission on earth.we love you and will forever miss you.You will always be in our heart.
Lucky we will miss you. the world is cruel. you sang against what eventually happened to you. Your music will always inspire us and many generations to come.
My heart was saddenly touched after hearing our beloved singer’s death!! but what I know God will Purnish whoever has taken part in his death,We shall never forget u’r songs full of good message.God will protect u’r beloved family.It’s a greatest loss to People of Rwanda who loves u’r songs so much,We miss U Dube!!!!!!!
Rest in Peace Lucky!
You gave the world Respect. No-one can ask for more.
Peace to you from the white boy at Kippies.
Its a shocker!!!i still cannot come to terms with it…whoever did it must be brought to books and suffer the consequences,how on earth do someone decide to kill somebody for their hard earned property?why didnt they just take the car and leave him alone!May your soul rest in Peace Lucky.
Will always luv and miss ya
Kelly Joe – Botswana
It was a very difficult time for me to hear that you voice is gone completely. I will be remembering your good music, and rest in peace Dube.
I was really shocked and pained when I heard of Lucky Dube’s painful death. Even if you are dead your musik leaves on and will continue spreading the message of peace. May your dear soul rest in peace Lucky. Please God take care of his family especially those two Dubes who witnessed their father’s death.
The World cup should be diverted to another African country and let South Africa suffer for it. The killers of Lucky Dube should be killed.
Africa has been robed by yet another prophet, Lucky said you can kill all the prophets of reggae, but not the message. LUCKY may your soul rest in eternal peace, the messages you left in your songs will keep our children informed and will still help us live right. JAH BLESS, JAH GUIDE the Bereaved.
Tears rolled down my eyes as I heard the terrible news about the loss of our reggae legend.Brother Dube you have gone but your voice will remain in our lives forever..Like you said “Nobody can stop reggae”..Those who are involved in your murder will offcourse face judgement by our Almighty God One day…Our prayers are with your children and wife and may your soul rest in peace.And may God reward you for whatever good things you have done during your career.
…You are my Reggae star Forever…
From Your Brothers in the Pacific Region..
Peter TOSH was right when he said he was “a man of the past, living in the presnt and walking in the future” it is a description that fits a great king like LUCKY, the two legends died in violent ways but never lived violent. the music TOSH played is as good as new today, and i am sure the great sounds of LUCKY’s music will be there with its great message until the end of time.
Wowe Wowe Wowe. I mourn for the departure of a great son of this land. Lucky, I wish you had come to settle in Uganda. Oh no. This pain for your loss is sooo unbearable. RIP Dube
may lucky dube rest in peace
african regge legend
lucky you have been my best reggae musician, may your gentle soul rest in perfect peace
One thing that has struck me about the murder of Lucky Dube is that it doesn’t seem to have had the kind of impact of other murders. Compare the reaction to Taliep Petersen or David Rattray. Maybe it’s just me, maybe it’s the proximity of the RWC which distracted us, but there hasn’t been the kind of outrage we’ve seen before.
Is this a sign of how desensitised we’ve become?
R.I.P lucky. You sacrificed your life just to preach peace. We in the African content will miss you but your music will forever deliver the message. For your family, may you be strong during this time and God will give you peace in your hearts.
I have been listening to Lucky Dube for over15 years and he is one of my favourite African singers. A verse from a song that readily comes to mind is “..If they grow up without the parents, whose gonna tell them this is right?”. Am gonna miss him terribly, just like I miss Bob Marley. It seems so sad that the good people are always dieing but the creator knows best; he giveth and he taketh. (Blessed is the man that giveth and the one that taketh.)
What a shock. Could not believe when I heard the news. Lucky, you are no more but it not be easy to stop thinking about you. Your legend should be a must to continue. RIP BRO
Lucky Dube touched me deeply years ago with his music video ‘prisoner’. In the video some men steal a wealthy man’s car and then get locked in jail. Lucky Dube’s beautiful voice from that video has stayed with me and haunted me all these years. He had such a deep spiritual peace in his voice it was like medicine for the soul.
I didn’t remember his name or the name of the song, just his incredible voice, but when I saw the news an hour ago that Lucky Dube was dead I thought he must be the person who made that song that I heard all those years ago.
So I searched for his songs on google and after listening to a few of the samples at mp3.com I found the song I had heard and it is called ‘Prisoner’, and it’s on an album called Prisoner, as well as some other albums. It’s all about how crime does not pay. I guess the people that killed him are going to learn that lesson the hard way now.
Thank you Lucky Dube for being you. Now you are with God.
it is painful and sad that you have left us, i will always remember you, i count myself lucky having taken my fees in 1997 to attend sunbeat organised so that lucky dube sang in KICC. thats how i can say i loved you, have been a raggea fun since 1989 and more so in 1994 when raggea was being revived by the university students.
I know you are not dead but i will meet you again greet Bob marley and culture.
the killers should be slain and die painfully.
How on earth can one describe this tragedy.Lucky we know you are no more but the legend you have left will go on. Let those culprits be brought to book and justice prevail. Will miss tou man. RIP BRO
The sudden departure of the legendry, LUCKY DUBE is a great lost for lovers of reggae. Tears rolled down my eyes as I heard the terrible news about the loss of our reggae legend. i feel like to die instead of lucky dube irrespective of tribal andracial differences,i am a Nigerian Like you should know,LUCKY KILLERS “Nobody can stop reggae”..IF SOUTH AFRICAN GOVERNMENT REALLY FEEL A DEEP SENSE OF LOST, THEREFORE THEY SHOULD GET TO THE ROOT OF THOSE BEHIND THIS BRUTAL KILLING. DUBE, Those who are involved in your murder will offcourse face judgement by our Almighty God One day…Our prayers are with your children and wife and may your soul rest in peace.And may God reward you for whatever good things you have done during your career.JAH LIVES REGGAE LIVES.
…You are my Reggae star Forever…
From ONE OF YOUR FANS
I still cannot accept Lucky dead. Why do you have to die, you have done nothing wrong, yet some senseless people have to take your life.
Lucky, though youre gone, your music will forever live with us..we love you…words cannot expressed how much I feel about you.
When ever I listen to your songs, dear drop as if youre my very close brother.
Though I come from the Pacific region, I love your music so much…
May your soul rest in peace.
For your family, may the Almighty God be with them and that those who have taken your life will never fine peace, your blood will be in heir hands and they must pay the penalty of their coward acts.
Port Vila, Vanuatu.
A huge loss to nation. May your soul rest in peace. you were surelly a prophet.
Re tla go gopola ka mehla yo hle.
lucky dube was a role model to me. he showed every one black or white that discrimination, segregation and racial profiling was not a good thing. his song were meaningful and every time i listened to them they alwys sound fresh, even though they are old. i will always rember LUCKY DUBE. R.I.P brother.
Once again sad to have lost a maestro in this circumstance. I know Moses Katongo always on mondays plays luckys’ albums through and through. What with this now, mondays will now always be a memorial day for moses and myself. Let these culprits be trailed and put behind bars.Lucky, you have left a very big gap – MYSRIP
Its so absad to miss a good and exempraly person like him.He taught people to as one regardless of the races they are coming from.DUBE u you will always be on our minds as a loving and caring teacher to your people .MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE.
Lucky, the maestro we have all along. Gone just like that. Moses Katongo at Cassanova K/square in Lusaka always plays your music on mondays and we really enjoy. Now it seems moses will be having a memorial every monday with your departure. We were together on earth, now you are with God.
Lucky, the legend you have left shall continue further – nothing will stop that.
Condolences to the family and may God guide you in this trying moment.
REST IN PEACE BRO.
gRoWiN uP i’Ve BeEn LiStENiNg tO HiS MuSiC. iT’s sTiLL a BiG TiMe sHoCkEr tO kNoW tHaT He’S GoNe. He’S GoNe bUt NeVeR FoRgOtTeN. HiS MuSiC sTiLL LiVeS oN aNd sTiLL WiLL Be sTrOnG! My CoNdOLeNcEs gO oUt tO HiS FaMiLy! He’S DeArLy MiSsEd!! i HaVe No iDeA wHaT KiNd oF SiCk MiNdEd PeOpLe wOuLd WaNt tO KiLL a LoViN MaN!! WhAt GoEs aRoUnD cOmEs aRoUnD! i HoPe tHeY aRe cAuGhT fOr tHeiR cRiMe aNd hOpE tHeY PaY!! R.i.P LuCkY DuBe. i LuV aNd MiSs yOoH ToNs!!
RIP a great reggae voice and force for change. We will miss you.
Oh God!!! What can I say!! Words can never even capture the emotions that I’m going through right now. I am angry, sad, disgusted, enraged, I don’t know! Jesus help me! I am devastated for losing my all time idol. His music spoke to my heart like no other; it helped through tough times. I was introduced to Lucky’s music by my dad when I was about 4 and now at 26 I still am crazy about him. My wildest dream I always told my family and friends was to do a duet with him one day since I am a singer, but now that dream has been shattered by these cowards, these devils, these demons. We hear too much about the crimes in SA even here in the USA; something needs to be done about it. South Africans need to stand up and fight against it and cry for peace, like Lucky preached in his songs. You can’t just let those cowards and impotents take over like that; our Africa is now being run down by our own; WHAT IS WRONG WITH US BLACK PEOPLE? LORD HELP US.
For me, I am done, I am so angry that I don’t ever want to come over there and the world cup can go to hell. DO SOMETHING!!!!!!!!!!!!
PLEASE MY BROTHER, MAY YOU REST IN PEACE, GOD PLEASE WATCH OVER HIS SOUL AND HIS BLOOD FAMILY AND US WHO ARE CRYING EVERY DAY INCONSOLABLY.
We in Jamaica are so sorry for what happened to Lucky Dube on the eve of the earthstrong of another great Reggae ambassador, Peter Tosh who was also murdered. Both sounded alike in many respects. Thank God we still have their inspirational lyrics to listen to.
To his family and friends, just remember we in Jamaica are praying for you.
The footprints that great man leave wherever they walked will not be washed by “rain” they will remain endettered, your path to the almighty was long paved before you were even born! The race of life you have accomplished and we shall all remember you whereever you are. We know your Spirit is with us. Rest in peace “Matima”. We are not crying but hoping for the better through your music and strong messages that you gave us……..
it was shockingh when i heard the news abut dube’s death. i love his music and i like him too. may his soul rest in perfect peace. His music will live forever!
A big loss to the whole nation. May his soul rest in peace. His music will be missed for good. May god bless the family and the relatives during this difficulty period.
Thanks everyone for your very moving tributes. We will be publishing a selection of them in tomorrow’s editon of The Times alongside our story.
Dube’s death shocked me….a big loss to all reggae lovers….grew up in a hood lovin his songs touched my soul and it’ll always be treasured in my heart….though he’s gone bt he lives forever in my heart and will never be forgotten…
To all families,relatives and all reggae lovers..May God bring peace and love upon all weary hearts….God bless ya’ll and last words to Lucky….RIP…..miss him loads!!
You will be always remembered for what you have done througth your reggae music , that i love so much, and i really miss you , you are such good person that we can see and understand with yours songs thank you and i will nver forget your concert in new caledonia, go in peace where you are going and alwais keep an eye on us on earth coz you know what really seem to be a soldier, and warrior througth the ages,,,, kelsknkystreeto7
Disappointing. Betrayed. Confused. Hurt.
The fact that people can take Lucky’s life in such horrific manner is beyond sinful. HE is by far the voice of freedom, peace, love, togetherness… Y – that’s the burning question. On behalf of the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and my entire family, we’re extending our deepest sympathy and Lucky’s entire family.
You made your country, parents, children, wife, relatives and friends extremely proud. Thank you for the messages/music
one love – enisha_d – RIP
God knowas how much i like Dube’s Music. U cant imagine, i feel like i loose my own family mate. Why this has to happen? Infront of his kids? Lucky didnt deserve that? I cant tell the way i feel when i hear the kbad news of Dube’s death!!.
May God rest him in piece.
May God give his family strength to overcome the pain they are filling due to his death.
they tried it ,many years ago,killing the prophets of reggae.like bob marley even though they failled.Also peter tosh died the very same death of shootings,but RASTA NEVER DIE. they have killed the body ,but not the spirit.Let lucky dube’s spirit lives for ever and ever.We as rastas will never loose hope until egual rights and justice prevails.lucky rest in peace ,jah alone will guide.and your family will get more power,as we rastas hate blood.ahoooi dube
There would be less suffering in the world if all people knew his music.