Tag Archives: Reggae

Lucky Dube – Crying Games

Various Artists - The Rough Guide to the Music of South Africa

Various Artists – The Rough Guide to the Music of South Africa

I arrived back from a great week in Dorset just in time to watch a dismal England World Cup performance. They lost 4-1 against Germany and thus booking their flights home instead of a place in the quarter finals. So now I’m off to drown my sorrows with a glass or two of South African chenin blanc!

But before I fill my glass, I’ve just time to post today’s track – Crying Games by Africa’s leading of reggae musician, the late Lucky Dube. There will be a lot of England fans crying tonight after a very disappointing performance in the tournament.

Lucky Dube started his career playing Zulu pop music known as mbaqanga. He became influenced by the socio-political messages of the reggae stars he heard and felt that such messages were relevant in institutionally racist South Africa. He used to play a few reggae numbers at his live gigs and then began to record them. His second reggae album Think About The Children achieved platinum sales status and established Dube as the most popular reggae artist in South Africa and a success throughout Africa and beyond. In total, he recorded 22 albums in Zulu, English and Afrikaans in a 25-year period.

On October 18, 2007, Lucky Dube was killed in Johannesburg shortly after dropping two of his seven children off at their uncle’s house. The South African Police claimed that he was shot dead by car-jackers. Three men were tried for his murder, were found guilty on March 31, 2009 and sentenced to life in prison.

Lucky Dube – Crying Games

Ernest Ranglin – Fade Away

Ernest Ranglin - Memories of Barber Mack

Ernest Ranglin – Memories of Barber Mack

If I get made redundant in the near future, and that is always possible, given the current state of the UK construction industry, I think that I shall seek work in the public sector. The job I most fancy at the moment is working in the BBC record library, choosing background music for television programmes.

I have often thought that this would be a great job but this thought came back again last week while watching the BBC2 programme “It’s Not Easy Being Green”. In this episode, Lauren Laverne was looking at natural swimming pools, so-called eco-pools. The piece was accompanied, in the background, by music from Ernest Ranglin.

After the show, I replayed the eco-pools section over and over on the BBC iPlayer trying to identify the track played but failed miserably. I think that it is from “Below the Bassline”, a cd that is not (yet) in my collection. As I can’t post the exact track I thought that I would choose “Fade Away” from Ernest Ranglin’s “Memories of Barber Mack” cd. I love this cd – for me it can turn a cold winter’s day into high summer.

Ernest Ranglin – Fade Away