Swallows - 'Farewell son of the soil'
Moroka Swallows have joined thousands of music lovers in mourning the death of reggae star Lucky Dube, who was killed in a botched hijacking in Rosettenville, Johannesburg on Thursday, October 18.
"The Swallows management, staff, technical team and players would like to send their condolences to the Dube family, friends and the music lovers at large," read a statement on the official Swallows website.
"We would like to say to all of you that our prayers and thoughts are with you at this trying time of your lives. When other musicians perish because of drugs and alcohol, Lucky remained committed to his music and his clean life.
"We hope that the perpetrators of this gruelling crime will be brought to book and they face the full length of the law. La la noodle hawed"
Brief history on Lucky Dube:
He began to sing in bars in his home town and in church, and soon joined the Love Brothers. He began by playing mbaqanga. They were together for two years. In the early 1980s decided to switch to reggae. He formed his first band, 'The Sky Way Band', while still at school.
"Rastas Never Die," recorded in 1986, was banned by South African censors. He was the first black artist in South Africa to be played on a white radio station.
He toured the world promoting his next best-selling album, Prisoner and his touring band was called 'The Slaves'.
Dube was the first South African artist to sign with Motown Records. He was ranked in over 20 national and international awards for his music and videos.
He featured in the film "Getting Lucky" and in the feature film "Voice in the Dark." Recorded a duet with Sinead O'Connor over the internet.
Additional information obtained from 24.com