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Ghetto Muzik Video Show Transcript -- July 17, 1995 .
By James "Barry DIA".

Lucky Dube Glossy in 1995 I had the DUBEous pleasure of catching a live performance of Lucky Dube at an outdoor lunchtime gig in NYC (only in Manhattan), July 17, 1995, at Worldwide Plaza at 8th Ave. and 50th Street. The gig was courtesy of Tabu/Motown Records and was a promotional showcase for Lucky Dube's new album Trinity. Lucky Dube rocked the lunchtime crowd with some good traditional reggae that was definitely soothing and relaxing to the stressed out hedz who ascended from their cubicled work spaces. It is good to see this kind of support from a record company.

Lucky Dube's muzik is very similar to the Peter Tosh sound and he does not deny that fact.

About three hours after the lunchtime gig, Lucky Dube guest-hosted Ghetto Muzik video show. Time with Lucky was abbreviated because, in addition to the lunchtime performance, it was a very hectic press day for the artist. So, a few questions were asked while Lucky did wraparounds for the videos.

Ghetto Muzik: Represent and intro the first video!

Lucky Dube: I am Lucky Dube from South Africa here on Ghetto Muzik. The first video is by Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers with Power To Move Ya.

Ghetto Muzik: How long have you been in reggae and what encouraged you to embrace reggae?

Lucky Dube: I have been doing reggae for about ten years now. I actually got into reggae through listening to Peter Tosh's muzik (music). I like everything about Peter Tosh. I like his muzik. I like his lyrics. He is the reason why I'm doing reggae today. I found that reggae is one kind of muzik that people listen to everywhere in the world. Old and young people just listen to reggae muzik. So my message would be heard all over the world through reggae muzik. When I started I was doing Zulu Soul muzik which is called Mbaganga. That was muzik in Zulu language. It only applies to people in South Africa who could understand the Zulu language. With reggae, I found that I can reach people all over the world because it is one muzik that goes everywhere in the world. It is muzik everyone listens to Next video is Bad Brains' God Of Love.

Ghetto Muzik: You have consistently dealt with conscious topics in your muzik. What inspired you to preach positive awareness to people?

Lucky Dube: When I grew up in South Africa, I grew up in a society with people who didn't know anything about their rights. I grew up amongst people who were always looked upon as minors as nothing as people that were treated like dogs sometimes. When I grew up I was fortunate to be amongst those who could go out there and learn about certain things and come back and make other people aware of their rights. We were born with the apartheid system in place. To some of us, there was nothing wrong. It was just life. That's the way it has been with our fathers and forefathers. I wanted to make a difference. I wanted to make a change. It was my job to make others aware of what was going on.

Ghetto Muzik: Is it burdensome to carry this cross?

Lucky Dube: It is a difficult job to do. But I make it my job to teach people. I do muzik to educate, to entertain and to teach people (Lucky was a bit embarrassed about introducing his own video.) I don't know how to do this but this video is Trinity from my new album of the same name.

Ghetto Muzik: We were stressed for time. So I asked Lucky to close the show. He did so in his native language introducing Cutty Ranks' Living Condition as the last video.

Fast forward to now June 12, 2012, from August 2007, at Red Rocks Amphitheater, Denver Colorado -- USA, I visited Lucky Dube in his dressing room prior to his set. He didn't skip a beat remembering the Lucky meeting at Tabu/Motown Records in NYC (July 1995). Lucky was humble and genuinely respectful plus thankful. No hype or ego man. Fantra Zine IV coverLucky Dube was a gentleman and great human being. Sadly Lucky died on October 18, 2007. He was killed in the Johannesburg suburb of Rosettenville by carjackers after returning from dropping two of his youths off at their uncle's house. Five men were arrested in connection with the murder. Three men were tried and found guilty on March 31, 2009. R.I.P King.

  • Lucky Dube was featured on cover of Fantra Zine IV right.


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