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Lucky Dube

  • Slave [Shanachie, 1989] B+
  • Victims [Shanachie, 1993] Dud
  • Retrospective [Rykodisc, 2008] Choice Cuts

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Slave [Shanachie, 1989]
A South African who's studied his Bunny Wailer, Dube thinks reggae is "the one and only type of music that will bring black people back to their roots (where they belong)." I don't. But he earns his stylistic fundamentalism: the shared r&b affinities of JA and S.A. deepen his groove, "I'm just a slave, a legal slave" overtaxes no metaphor, and the transcendent falsetto of "How Will I Know" conquers all. B+

Victims [Shanachie, 1993] Dud

Retrospective [Rykodisc, 2008]
"Baxoleleni," "Abathakathi" Choice Cuts