“The fall of apartheid, I knew that I was part of it in some way”-Lucky Dube
Polepole Festival July 4th 2004-Linkeroever-Antwerp(Belgium) By Joel Savage
Lucky Dube is ranked as one of the world’s greatest reggae artists in this modern times. Participating at polepole festival in Antwerp, the South African born reggae star, gave this exclusive interview to The Voice Magazine Belgian Correspondent.
TV: When you started music at a young age, did you ever dream that one day, your music will be much accepted by reggae fans worldwide today?
Lucky: Well I have an idea. Really this was a dream for me. I wanted to be like that, even though I wouldn’t have a clear vision as to know how big it can be. But I have an idea I wanted the music to reach people every where in the world.
TV: Many reggae fans think you are another Peter Tosh in the field of reggae with strong lyrics of liberation. How do you react to this credit?
Lucky: It’s a very great honour really, because Peter Tosh was the greatest musician ever lived and so I respect him so much. And to be given the same stage as him is a great honour to me. I do really appreciate that.
TV: On one of your albums ” Soul Taker ” there is a special track called “Teach The World” Please what inspired you to write such a great song?
Lucky: Well “Teach the world” started actually, because when we go around, there are a lot of things that we see and people from different countries, different cultures and everything. But only to find out that the people don’t know much about Africa. They have some mis-speculations about Africa and I just wanted people to teach each other. People in Africa must teach the outside world about their culture, beliefs and everything and I wanted the outside world to teach Africa about their culture.
TV: You fought against apartheid in your songs. How did you feel ten years ago, to see apartheid falling like the Berlin wall in 1989?
Lucky: It was great. Beause it was the biggest dream I had at that time. So I was very happy when it finally happened. I knew that I was part of it in some way. So I was very happy when it happened.
TV: You played in Washington DC on September 2000, with Joseph Hill’s culture, what was your experience with that group, since Joseph’s message in music is in line with yours?
Lucky: Well it has always been great with Joseph Hill. You know, I have done many concerts with him. He is one of the good men in the music industry.
TV: Being a South African, you have visited many African countries. Have you ever visited war torn countries like Sierra Leone and Liberia? Since you have thousands of fans over there.
Lucky: Yes, we have visited those countries.
TV: It’s great to hear that.
TV: “Reggae in jail, reggae in church, every body likes it” That’s a true statment by you. But why is it that reggae music is given less attention than any other music, is it because of it’s strong message?
Lucky: Yes at times, that’s what is it. Reggae is a kind of music one time it will be up and one time, it will be down. But it is a kind of music that is always there. It will never go away. It’s always there you know, that’s the way it is.
TV: August 3rd 2004, is your 40th birthday, with a heavy programme ahead of you, how would you celebrate this important chapter of your life?
Lucky: Normally, I don’t celebrate birthdays. It’s just another day and things went just normal for me. I don’t celebrate birthdays.
TV: Lucky, thank you for granting me this interview.
Lucky: Yeah! man.Powered by Sidelines