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Dube Shot Dead By Armed Robbers
The South African reggae musician, Lucky Dube, has been shot dead by
armed robbers in front of his children in Johannesburg during an attempt
to rob him of his car. According to BBC news, he was dropping off his
children on Thursday October, 18, 2007 evening, when the incident
Police say they were already out of the car when three shots were fired
through a car window killing their father. The senseless killing has
shocked both his fans around the world, and South Africans.
An eyewitness said Mr Dube's silver-grey Chrysler was surrounded by a
group of investigating officers. There were bloodstains on the seats and
shattered windows. Witnesses say after the shots were fired the wounded
singer tried to drive away, but lost control of his car and hit a tree.
"He was declared dead on the scene", Police inspector Lorrain Van
Immareck told the BBC. She said it was suspected that three people were
responsible for the attack.
Lucky Dube was one of the greatest Raggae artists alongside Mr. Bob
Marley and Peter Tosh. Coincidentally, Mr. Tosh was also shot dead
during an armed robbery attack.
Mr. Dube was very outspoken during the apartheid regime. His album 'Rastas
Never Die' was banned under the apartheid government.
He began his career by singing mbaqanga (traditional Zulu) music and
recorded his first album with the Super Soul band in 1982. He later
moved into reggae, producing Rastas Never Die which was banned by the
His albums Slave, Prisoner and Together As One saw him gain first
national, and then global, recognition.
Three years ago his 1989 anti-apartheid hit Together as One, which calls
for world peace and harmony, was voted one of Africa's top 10 songs by
BBC readers and listeners. Lucky Dube released his most recent album,
Respect, in April.
South Africa has one of the highest murder rates in the world.
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