Album review
Soul Taker
Lucky Dube
Gallo Records-Walboomers Music
13 - 08 - 2001

Tracking list

  1. Put A Little Love
  2. Romeo
  3. Sleeping Dogs
  4. Teach The World
  5. Soul Taker
  6. Money Money Money
  7. Is This Freedom
  8. Love Me (The Way I Am)
  9. Good Girl
  10. Fugitive
  11. Sins Of The Flesh
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4 Backing : 3/4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 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.
His current album 'Soul Taker' brings what one would expect : solid one drop reggae riddims, passionate vocals and intriguing in its lyrical themes. The uptempo album openener Put A Little Love is a magnificent tune, dealing with hard times every person will face in his/her life. After the ballad Romeo comes Sleeping Dogs a song in which he tells us to look ahead into the future, and 'don't look to the past'. The title track Soul Taker is an impressive and complex song featuring distinctive arrangements. Money Money Money and Good Girl are two of the standout tracks of the album. The album closes with the beautiful Sins Of the Flesh.
'Soul Taker' is an above average Lucky Dube album.

Teacher & Mr. T.