Album review
Rastas Never Die & Think About The Children
Lucky Dube
Gallo Records-Walboomers Music
20 - 08 - 2000

Tracking list

  1. Rastas Never Die
  2. Fresh Air
  3. I Love You
  4. Reggae Man
  5. How Will I Know
  6. I Will Never Fall In Love
  7. Think About The Children
  8. I Wanna Take You To Jamaica
  9. I've Got Jehova
  10. Don't Say No
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4 Backing : 3/4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3/4

Lucky Dube made his debut singing rock 'n' roll with some school friends in the early 1970s. Soon he hooked up with his cousin, singer Richard Siluma, who was a member of the Love Brothers. Dube joined them singing and playing Zulu mbaqanga music and recorded his first record with them in 1979. Inspired by the tours of reggae stars Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff, Dube sooon tried his hand at that genre. A marriage made in heaven, Dube and reggae hit it off, producing first, "Rastas Never Die" in 1985 and "Think About The Children" in 1986, then dovetailing into "Slave" in 1987, which sold over 500,000 copies, on of the largest South African sales figures for an album. Dube paid his dues in the reggae community playing the popular annual Reggae Sunsplash in Jamaica and on tour, where discerning crowds greeted him with open arms. His voice has the soft growl of a tiger with the high power of Smokey Robinson's falsetto. His long, lean body, and playful dreadlocks make him a favorite with the ladies.
This album presents Lucky Dube's first two reggae cassette albums on one cd. The tunes found here are a mixture of South African music styles and reggae riddims. Lyrically Lucky Dube tries to evoke positive feelings and musically the songs are very danceable. At that time Lucky Dube wasn't at to height of his career, he was an artist trying to make it and some fifteen years later he's without doubt the greatest African reggae star ever !

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