Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Lucky Dube - Umadakeni (1987)
His tragic death in October 2007 hit me profoundly, following by a couple months the similarly sudden death of my life partner, who danced with me at that long-ago gig. But I digress. . .
Before Lucky Dube stepped into reggae to become an international superstar, he performed the more mainstream mbaqanga that dominated South African pop. Today I offer his last mbaqanga record, a not-perfect pressing made in Zimbabwe that still sounds pretty good, especially the fantastic title track. This recording was re-released as a CD in South Africa, and still may be available there.