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Lucky Dube – Shembe is the Way

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Thrill your day with this amazing song by Lucky Dube titled Shembe is the Way.

Lucky Philip Dube (pronounced duu-beh; 3 August 1964 – 18 October 2007) was a South African reggae musician and Rastafarian. Considered by many to be one of the Greatest Musicians Of All Time, his contribution to the South African music together with his political Songs fought against Apartheid in South Africa .He recorded 22 albums in Zulu, English, and Afrikaans in a 25-year period and was South Africa’s biggest-selling reggae artist to date. Dube was murdered in the Johannesburg suburb of Rosettenville on the evening of 18 October 2007.

Lucky Dube was born in Ermelo, formerly of the Eastern Transvaal, now of Mpumalanga, on 3 August 1964. His parents separated before his birth, and he was raised by his mother, who named him Lucky because she considered his birth fortunate after a number of failed pregnancies. Along with his two siblings, Thandi and Mandla, Dube spent much of his childhood with his grandmother, Sarah, while his mother relocated to work. In a 1999 interview, he described his grandmother as “his greatest love” who “multiplied many things to bring up this responsible individual that I am today.”

Lucky Dube was killed by armed robbers in Rosettenville, a Johannesburg suburb, shortly after dropping two of his seven children off at their uncle’s house. Dube was driving his Chrysler 300C, which the assailants were after. Police reports suggest he was shot dead by carjackers who did not recognise him and believed that he was a Nigerian. Five men were arrested in connection with the murder; three were tried and found guilty on 31 March 2009. Two of the men attempted to escape and were caught. The men were sentenced to life in prison.

 
 

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It wasn’t the valley of death, I was walking in
It was the valley of confusion for many years
Different religions, different beliefs
Undermining my culture
Looking down upon my tradition
Making fun of my language
Telling my children, they have no God
Finally I can tell them about,
Shembe is the way

[Chorus:] Oh SHEMBE thank you for showing us the way.
Shembe nobunazaretha.

Oh SHEMBE thank you for healing my people.
Shembe nobunazaretha.

Shemebe is the way.

I hear them shoulting Amen,
At the top of the mountain
I hear them shouting Uyingcwele
At the top of the mountain.
No one will undermine my religion
No one will undermine my culture anymore,
Cause God sent him from above, to be with the people.
Bring them back to what is their own
Take them back to the ways Of our forefathers.

Finally I can tell generations and generations
That Shembe is the way

[Chorus:] Oh Shemebe THANK YOU FOR SHOWING US THE WAY.
Shembe Nobunazaretha.



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