This originally ran in the St. Louis Post Dispatch in 1993.
"Victims," the highly anticipated follow-up to last
year's "House Of Exile," once again finds Lucky Dube in top
In this day and age when drum machines, computers and
the influence of rap have drastically changed the original
sound of reggae, this South African superstar's modern roots
style comes across like a breath of fresh air.
Dube (pronounced doo-bay) is without doubt one of
reggae's greatest composers, continually offering well-
crafted songs comprised of soothing, offbeat rhythms. His
backing band, The Slaves, are as tight as ever, mixing in
bursts of power to compliment their slow-motion sound while
the trio of female vocalists offer a nice contrast to Dube,
who once again delivers impassioned vocals in his Peter
From the title track, this powerfully evocative
lyricist sings over a smooth, easy melody:
"Bob Marley said
'How long shall they kill our prophets while we stand aside
but little did he know that eventually the enemy
will stand aside and look
while we slash and kill our own
In the anthem, "Different Colors/One People," Dube
preaches to politicians:
"(People) were created in the image
of God, and who are you to separate them?
Bible says he
made man in his image, but it didn't say if he was black or
You look at me you see Black, I look at you I see
Now is the time to kick that away and join me in my
We are different colors/one people..."
More examples of his prowess could easily be cited, but
the simple fact is that Lucky Dube is one of the most
talented artists on the scene today. He's deserving of
international stardom and the 10 tunes on "Victims," from
the poignant "You Know (Where To Find Me)" to the rollicking
"Keep On Knocking" to the raw power of "Soldiers Of
Righteousness," show why. If you're seeking exceptional
reggae - with meaning - this 90's version of the roots style
will surely satisfy.
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