"...the South African government would just throw away immediately..."




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lucky dube - reggae became a threat

"Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff. What are the differences in their music?"
"In South Africa the government in the past did not like Reggae music right, because of the message. It became a threat to the South African Government at that time."
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"Anything that had to do with oppression, where you talked about oppression in your music, the South African Government would just throw away immediately."
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"What happened was, that Jimmy Cliff's music,- sometimes he would sing like love songs. That's the music that we would hear on the radio most of the time. But we wouldn't hear Bob's or Peter's music on the radio that much."
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"So Jimmy Cliff, I could say he got more airplay at that time in South Africa than Bob and Peter, cause his music was not maybe as militant as Bob's and Peter's at that time."
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"Because it was not so dangerous for the government?"
"Yeah, it wasn't dangerous for the government. No,- which is the reason why we didn't get like a lot of Bob Marley's and Peter Tosh's music in South Africa. We had to - like - get it in from Swaziland or Rhodesia (Zimbabwe)- ya, man."
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CHANGING FROM MBAQUANGA TO REGGAE MUSIC:
"Peter Tosh is the one that got me into Reggae!"

BOB MARLEY, PETER TOSH, JIMMY CLIFF:
"Reggae became a threat to the government!"

APARTHEID AND OPPRESSION IN SOUTH AFRICA:
"You get killed just for being in that area!"

NELSON MANDELA'S "HOUSE OF EXILE":
"Freedom fighter standing on a mountain..."

THE SONG: "TOGETHER AS ONE":
"I risked being shot by the government!"

LUCKY`S FAVOURITE BOB MARLEY SONG:
"They know that song everywhere in the world!"

BURNING SPEAR:
"He's a great guy!"

LET'S LEARN LUCKY's ZULU LANGUAGE:
"The 'click' comes in there: 'Mbaquanga'!"

IS LUCKY A RASTA?
"If Rasta is about consciuosness, awareness..."

CAN WE REACH GLOBAL PEACE?
"Politicians will always divide people..."

ONE GOD:
"Everybody wants to make God their own!"

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