Album review
The Other Side
Lucky Dube
Heartbeat Europe
September 08 - 2003

Tracking list

  1. Number In The Book
  2. The Other Side
  3. Ding Ding Licky Licky Bong
  4. Cool Down
  5. Family Ties
  6. Divorce Party
  7. Soldier
  8. Julie! Julie!
  9. The Bully
  10. Hero
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4 Backing : 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. Thereafter Lucky released "Together As One", which featured a hit title track, once again, based on the South Africa situation. His pleas for all South Africans to unite struck a chord amid the music fraternity. Then the album "Prisoner" was released. Five days later, the album reached double platinum, selling 100 000 units. Four prestigious OKTV Awards were bestowed on "Prisoner". An increasingly popular Lucky performed to 80 000 people at the Biggest Birthday Bash at Ellis Park.
In 1991, Lucky made a historic appearance - the first time ever for a South African artist - at the renowned Reggae Sunsplash festival in Jamaica, realising his long-cherished dream. Lucky was the only artist to be invited back for a 25 minute encore. In the same year he toured Australia, Japan, and Ghana.
More popular than ever, Lucky signed a major worldwide recording contract with Motown/Tabu and released "Trinity" globally. Thereafter, he received the "World Music Award" in Monte Carlo for Best Selling African Recording Artist, and performed alongside the likes of Michael Jackson, Seal, and Celine Dion. Albums like "Serious Reggae Business" and "Taxman" followed, sealing Lucky's position as one of the world's great Reggae performers. 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.
He's known for delivering consistently uplifting spiritual songs steeped in both an authentic reggae sensibility and a heartfelt homegrown spirit and on his recent album "The Other Side" he delivers his socially and culturally conscious messages in polished mid-tempo bass and drum shuffles and slow-skanking, spiritual-soaked harmonic wails.
Excellent exmples of his unique style are Number In The Book and the maskanda-flavoured testimony of the skittering pop anthem Ding Ding Licky Licky Licky Bong, his latest single about surviving bad times and emerging stronger. The video for his this single was recently shot on the as yet unopened Nelson Mandela bridge in Johannesburg. The shoot was done in true South African style, featuring an array of Pantsula and Zulu dancers. As always he lays down some melodies inna Wailers style, check out Family Ties and Divorce Party, while the funk-jazz flavoured chant Julie! Julie! makes a solid impression.
A good album !

Teacher & Mr. T.