Soul Takerby Lucky Dube
To say that South African reggae superstar Lucky Dube has a distinctive sound is to put it rather kindly. To put it less kindly, he has one melody -- a big, unabashedly cathartic one -- and he's been singing it for over 15 years. Luckily, it's a very good melody, and he makes it work again and again on his tenth album, in particular on heart-tugging anthems like… See more details below
To say that South African reggae superstar Lucky Dube has a distinctive sound is to put it rather kindly. To put it less kindly, he has one melody -- a big, unabashedly cathartic one -- and he's been singing it for over 15 years. Luckily, it's a very good melody, and he makes it work again and again on his tenth album, in particular on heart-tugging anthems like "Romeo," "Money Money Money," and "Good Girl." He mixes things up stylistically a bit more at the opening and close of the album, with the aggressive rock-flavored "Put a Little Love" and "Sins of the Flesh," which uses mbaqanga-derived harmonies and a funk groove to create a sound that has little, if anything, to do with reggae, but everything to do with Dube's homeland. In between are those big, cathartic pop-reggae gems and a few other noteworthy tracks, including the bluesy two-chord vamp of "Sleeping Dogs" and a snarling political putdown titled "Teach the World," whose message may be aimed at the U.S. or South Africa or maybe Colombia -- it's not really clear which. Fans know what to expect; as for those looking for an introduction to Dube's distinctive brand of Afro-reggae, this is as good a place to start as any.
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Performance CreditsLucky Dube Primary Artist,Keyboards
McCoy Mrubata Saxophone,Woodwind
Khanyo Maphumulo Voices
Mandise Dlanga Voices
Skipper Shabalala Guitar
Andile Nqubezelo Percussion
Technical CreditsLucky Dube Arranger,Producer
Caroline Hillary Art Direction
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I used to listen Lucky Dube back in my native country and now that I am here in America I still continue. He is one of the most truthful and passionate musicians of our time. Every song touches us all in different ways and really teaches us that love is all we need considering that he is from South-Africa, where many were torn by apartheid. Some of my favorite songs are "trinity", "house of exile", "teach the world", love me(the way i am) and finally "man in the city".
"Africa's Reggae King" is back with his long-awaited album and I have to say it is better than ever. Although this album isn't as serious as many of his other ones, which dealt with serious matters such as apartheid, poverty e.t.c. In this album he sings about life, love, relationships and so much more. So if your looking to "put a little love" in your world, you'll love it.