PNC cannot change its stripes

first_imgDear Editor,There is no doubt that after December 21, 2018, the coalition Government continues not only to expose its incompetence, resulting in untold misery and hardship for all Guyanese, especially the poor and underprivileged. As the cost of living continues to spiral uncontrollably, with the ranks of the unemployed continuing to expand the corruption, scandals and the good life for the Government Ministers and officials continue to assault and shock the nation. Unfortunately, this was not enough for the Government, they had to continue the blatant violation of our Constitution to the point of desecrating the sanctity of the National Assembly by honouring and paying tribute to a convicted terrorist.It is no surprise that the PNC component of the coalition would honour a convicted terrorist since it is a party which had perpetuated domestic terrorism against its opponents during its 28 years of dictatorship rule. The House of Israel, led by Rabbi Washington created fear, mayhem and death during its reign of terror and had the full blessings of the PNC. I cannot erase the memory of Father Darke being stabbed to death openly in public. Moreover, the bomb blast which killed the founder and leader of the WPA, Dr Walter Rodney, is a stark reminder of the terror which stalked the land under the PNC. It was also no surprise when the PNC honoured the notorious criminal, Linden “Blackie” London, by draping his coffin with Guyana’s national Flag, the Golden Arrowhead. The honouring of a convicted terrorist within Parliament, the supreme law-making body of this country leaves no doubt that the coalition Government does not have an iota of respect for the people of this country. This boldness leaves no doubt that we are heading for an even worse period in the history of our country.The silence of the WPA and the AFC bears testimony of the arrival of an even worse dictatorship than what we experienced under Forbes Burnham. I cannot fathom the depths to which these parties have fallen. The WPA’s founder was assassinated by an act of terrorism by the same PNC to which they are now paying homage to. Where is the independent voice of the WPA? Was Moses Nagamootoo not a victim of the PNC’s acts of terrorism? I could recall him reliving his experiences when he had to run and hide to save his life! But now the sirens have had an amnesic effect. Why is the Minister of Public Security silent on the honouring of this convicted terrorist? Was Abdul Kadir another ‘freedom fighter’ in the long line of PNC ‘freedom fighters’ such as Blackie and Fine Man? I will not be surprised if one day these are honoured in Parliament by the PNC! It leaves no doubt that there is only one party in the coalition – the People’s National Congress!Lastly, as expected, the coalition Government is now professing itself as the only competent authority to interpret anything, be it the Constitution or be it what it says in plain simple English. The US Government is now accused of “misinterpreting” the motion passed in Parliament to not “honour” but to “recognise Kadir’s services as a parliamentarian and not as a convicted terrorist”. This would seem to suggest that Kadir as a PNC Parliamentarian is different from Kadir, the convicted terrorist. When a man is convicted of terrorism his ‘service’ as a parliamentarian takes the back seat! He cannot be honoured. Playing with words will not erase the damage done. It is a direct affront to the memories of those thousands of people who have died at the hands of terrorists. How many more would have died had the plot to blow up JFK Airport been successful? Why was the PNC silent when he was convicted? They should have defended him then. But it would not have served their purpose at that time! They needed the USA support when in opposition.Simply put, the PNC cannot change its stripes. Old habits die hard!Yours sincerely,Haseef Yusuflast_img read more

Minibus drivers’ code of conduct to be implemented by November

first_imgPresident of the United Minibus Union (UMU), Eon Andrews, is proceeding in discussions with Business Minister Dominic Gaskin to have a code of conduct for bus drivers implemented before the end of November.This was on Monday related by Andrews during an interview in which he reiterated the importance of having a standard behavioral pattern set for those operators, since the system is currently “out of control”.He informed that UMU members would be meeting during the week to sort out this matter, along with other pressing issues. “I expect that the code of conduct should be implemented before the end of November, or sometime before November, because this thing is really necessary,” he stated.According to him, a few of the things the code of conduct would seek to address are: the “mode of dress; general conduct, such as not overloading buses; the loud (and) lewd music; driving under the influence of alcohol; the way they speak to their passengers, and that kind of stuff.”He said that as soon as the Business Ministry, in partnership with the Union, drafts the code of conduct, representatives of the various minibus routes would be summoned to meet with the Business Ministry and the UMU. Drivers of the various routes would later be engaged by the Business Ministry and the UMU.He explained, “We will have to let the Government do a release endorsed by us (the UMU), because I don’t think the bus drivers will have a choice. It’s about time that they up their game. They have to up the quality of their services being offered for what (they require) people (to) pay (them)”.Andrews had, in a previous interview, said the code of conduct was extremely vital, especially with the booming oil and gas sector expected to come on stream by 2020. He explained that the sector would reel in tourists and other important persons, who will at some time be made to use public transportation, whose operators are presently unprepared to be the ambassadors they ought to be.The UMU had initially announced plans to establish a code of conduct for bus drivers back in August, when plans were revealed to increase minibus fares by $20 for 10 operating routes.The announcement to set a standard behavioural pattern for public transportation operators was well received by passengers, as far too many commuters would have vented their anger on social media at the ruthless behaviour of drivers in the different routes.Although some passengers have welcomed the initiative, others have been more concerned about the drivers living up to what is expected of them. In relation to this concern, Andrews has assured that a hotline would be implemented to facilitate passengers making reports of breaches made by transportation providers in this regard.last_img read more

PSC questions GPL figures

first_imgUS$110M…notes need for fact-based studiesFollowing a pronouncement by the new Guyana Power and Light (GPL) Chief Executive Officer, Albert Gordon, regarding the monies needed for the entity, the private sector is urging in-depth studies to arrive at a definitive figure.In an interview with this publication on Friday, Private Sector Commission (PSC) President Eddie Boyer questioned the CEO’s figures which were arrived at in suchGPL CEO, Albert Gordona short space of time. He queried whether any prior studies were done to inform the GPL of the cost to fix these issues.“What study has been done? The CEO has been there for just about two months. For someone to come up with that assessment in the two months without any proper study that we can analyse, there’s no way we can make a decision on that,” Boyer declared.“I would like to hear from the board, if the board is consulted. For GPL to fix the problem, we know there is a multitude of problems, from the line distribution (to) the connectivity. We know there are other areas to be fixed first”, he concededGordon had made this pronouncement regarding the sum needed to fix the GPL on Wednesday at a cocktail reception at Pegasus Hotel, where he was formally introduced to members of the local media.According to Gordon, there were several deficiencies that he discovered while on his familiarisation tour to almost all the GPL facilities across the country.“That is the biggest challenge now — keeping the lights on; and as I have mentioned in a different forum, there are different contributors to that, not the leastPSC chairman, Eddie Boyerof which is the existing infrastructure and configuration of the system. The GPL system is evolving from a bunch of smaller systems that are being integrated; and, right now, there are serious deficiencies in the system that we need to address,” he said.Amaila Falls Hydro ProjectHowever, this plan has drawn criticism from persons, including PPP Member of Parliament Irfaan Ali. He believes that, instead of pumping more finances into fixing the plethora of issues at GPL, Government should seek to invest in building a cleaner and more efficient energy system.That system, he also noted, has to be one that would have a trickle down and long lasting effect to the benefit of consumers. In making this point, he had referenced the decision made by Government to abandon the Amaila Falls Hydro Project.“The Amaila Falls Hydro Project was a long-term solution to our energy requirement in a sustainable and cost-effective manner. By today, we would have been enjoying power from Amaila Falls, we would have been enjoying it at much less or far less the cost that consumers are paying today,” he opined.Ali said the coalition Government abandoned the Amaila Falls project without any plans as to how it would sustain the energy climate for the country.The former minister had said the main objective right now should be to look at a long-term solution to the country’s energy problem, to ensure that energy is also generated in a sustainable, cost-effective manner, and one that would bring benefit to the consumer.“Pumping money into GPL will not allow it, the Government should therefore rethink its strategy and rethink its position on the Amaila Falls Hydro Project. Any investment should be able to equip us of our capability for energy to be generated in a sustainable way,” he opined. One of the greatest challenges facing this sector is the growing demand on the system. The current capacity has not grown to meet that demand.“They’ve also seen a retrograde (step) in terms of reliability of power, and if you look at, for example, what is going on with blackouts and so on, it is far worse today than when we had the contract with Wärtsillä,” he added. (Jarryl Bryan)last_img read more

Team says Herod’s tomb found

first_imgAt the excavation site on the steep, rocky slopes of a cone-shaped hill 2,230 feet high, Netzer’s assistant, Yaakov Kalmar, said that an account of Herod’s funeral by the first-century historian Josephus Flavius left little doubt that it took place at Herodium. The newly discovered tomb was regal in its opulence. “We have here all the attributes of a royal funeral,” Kalmar said. “We didn’t find inscriptions so far. … The work is not finished.” The site sits halfway up the hill, atop a warren of tunnels and water cisterns built to serve the palace at the summit. Stephen Pfann, an American expert in the Second Temple period at the University of the Holy Land, called the find a “major discovery, by all means,” but said the lack of an inscription hindered full verification.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Last month, his team started unearthing limestone fragments, from which emerged the picture of an ornately carved sarcophagus with decorative urns of a type never before found in the Holy Land. “It’s a sarcophagus we don’t just see anywhere,” Netzer told reporters at the university. “It is something very special.” The complete sarcophagus would have been about nine feet long, team members said. Herod was the Jewish proxy ruler of the Holy Land under imperial Roman occupation from 37 B.C. His most famous construction project was expanding the Jewish Second Temple in Jerusalem. Remnants of his extensive construction work in Jerusalem are still visible in Jerusalem’s Old City, and he undertook major projects in Caesaria, Jericho, the hilltop fortress of Masada and elsewhere. Under a baking sun, pieces of limestone carved with borders of rosettes and geometrical designs lay in three excavated pits on Tuesday at a desert site in Herodium, West Bank, that Israeli archaeologists say is the tomb of King Herod, who ruled the Holy Land when Christ was born. The find, which could provide insights into one of the Bible’s most reviled yet influential figures, includes hundreds of pieces of an ornate sarcophagus, but no bones and no inscription that would seal the identification. Although the tomb was shattered and empty, leaders of the Israeli team that unearthed it said Tuesday they will dig on in the hope of finding jewelry, other artifacts or even the biblical monarch’s remains. Hebrew University archaeologist Ehud Netzer said he has been leading the search for 35 years to find Herod’s tomb at the king’s Judean desert winter palace in an Israeli-controlled part of the West Bank south of Jerusalem. last_img read more

Cancer survivor Sean Hogan joining Fort St. John’s Relay for Life

first_imgBrenda Baumeister is an organizer for the event and the current top fundraiser this year, having raised over $4,000 so far. She explains that this year, the hope is to get encourage cancer survivors, or “Heroes of Hope”, to take part in the event, which begins with a survivor’s lap. That includes people currently battling the disease. “We want to remind all of our survivors and area – and I know we have a lot – please come down for the day,” she asks. “The beginning part of it is for you. We want to be able to give you support and show how much we care.” One of the survivors that will be at the event is country singer Sean Hogan, who will perform at 3:30 p.m. Hogan was diagnosed with stage four cancer in his throat, but after radiation and chemotherapy treatment has emerged cancer-free. Last year was his first Relay for Life as a cancer survivor in Sudbury, Ontario, and he says he’s privileged to take part in the Relay for Life in Fort St. John this year. – Advertisement -“Let’s just say it’s a good thing it was raining last year,” he jokes. “It’s very emotional. It was very much a moving experience. So many people I don’t know, but we all have this in common.” Registration for the event is closed, but both Hogan and Baumeister encourage anybody wanting to take part to join in.Advertisement “People survive cancer, people pass away from cancer, and it affects so many of us. It’s a very worthwhile event,” says Hogan. “It’s heartfelt and I think people should come out and be part of it.” The evening concludes with a luminary ceremony from 11 p.m. to 12 p.m., in honour of those fighting cancer or who have lost their battle. Luminary candles are placed in bags with the names of loved ones and are placed around the track.last_img read more

Onana eager to honour rich goalkeeping heritage

first_img0Shares0000Cameroon coach Clarence Seedorf instructs goalkeeper Andre Onana during a 1-0 friendly loss to Brazil in England last NovemberISMAILIA, Egypt, Jun 28 – Following in the footsteps of Joseph-Antoine Bell, Thomas Nkono and Jacques Songo’o as the latest in a line of acclaimed Cameroon goalkeepers is no minor task, but the Indomitable Lions are placing their faith in Andre Onana, one of the season’s revelations in Europe, as they bid to defend their title in Egypt.Remarkably, his season which started with Ajax last July in the second Champions League qualifying round is still not over. Throughout a campaign equally gruelling as unforgettable, Onana has experienced it all — from an epic European adventure, featuring memorable matches against Real Madrid, Juventus and Tottenham, to a league and cup double.But that’s not enough to satisfy the 23-year-old who is craving further success at the Africa Cup of Nations, as Cameroon look to defend their continental crown on July 19.“Our goal is to bring this title back to Cameroon once more,” he told AFP, ahead of his team’s opening 2-0 victory against Guinea-Bissau in Ismailia.“It’s true it’s complicated and difficult, because we’re going to play against very good teams. But I think we’re going to succeed,” he said.– ‘Something innate’ –Unlike his cousin Fabrice Ondoa, a major architect behind Cameroon’s run to the 2017 title, Onana wasn’t in Gabon, a tournament played in its traditional January and February time slot, having preferred to focus on his club.A fan favourite, Ondoa has since lost his place in goal, but he did earn the right to a song penned in his honour to celebrate his achievements.“Fabrice and me, it’s family! We’re different … I don’t need a song, the most important thing is the title, both individually and collectively,” Onana said, refusing to draw comparisons between the two stoppers.“If we bring it back to Cameroon, it will be something good for the country. Sporting victories form part of the stability of our country,” he added, with Cameroon, the original hosts of this year’s edition, stripped of the tournament last November after falling behind in preparations.Blood relations aside, Cameroon’s knack of consistently producing top goalkeepers in uncanny.“It’s something innate in this country,” laughed Onana. “On a more serious note, it’s a good question! When you look at the history of Cameroon, it’s incredible all the same. We’ve had Bell, Nkono … It’s thanks to the work put in by these people.”– Strong Ajax influence –Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana says his side aren’t afraid of anyone as they hunt a first Champions League since 1995For a former student at the Samuel Eto’o Foundation who passed through the Barcelona academy (2010-2015), the relaying of this know-how by former greats has played a decisive role in the spawning of a new generation.“I was lucky enough to work with ‘Tommy’ Nkono (goalkeeping coach at Espanyol) with whom I learned a lot of things, Fabrice as well. We did little training camps and everything. It’s normal to progress, especially when you play at the top level and you know the right people,” he said.In the national team, Onana can call on a pair of Ajax legends to continue his development in Clarence Seedorf and Patrick Kluivert. The duo were appointed Cameroon’s head coach and assistant respectively last August.With three Ajax representatives in their ranks, it begs the question whether there is a temptation for Cameroon to adopt the Dutch giants’ famous philosophy.“It’s difficult. It’s clear we want to control the game, but African football has its own realities. It’s hard to stay true to this philosophy because the state of pitches is not too favourable to that system,” said Onana.“But we will go to Egypt with our own way of playing, our ‘winner mentality’,” he added. It’s certainly proved a recipe for success in the past with Cameroon triumphing in Africa’s most prestigious competition five times, in 1984, 1988, 2000, 2002 and 2017.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgSnow is due to arrive across Donegal late this afternoon and into this evening.‘Wrap up warm and get home early’ is the message with snowfalls forecast to move in across Donegal from this afternoon.And the new cold-snap is set to last until at least the weekend with more snow piling in overnight tonight and tomorrow morning.Forecasters have said freezing temperatures will make driving conditions hazardous across the country with Donegal set to get the brunt of the arctic air. Met Eireann currently have a yellow status warning in place but this could be upgraded to a more serious orange alert for parts of the West and North-West throughout today.The day will start off with moderate temepratures but these are expected to plunge in the afternoon and early evening as a band of freezing weather moves in.Both Met Eireann and the Met Office in the North have warned there will be snow across the North-West today – with falls of up to 10cms in places including lower ground.Donegal County Council have their fleet of gritters on standby as the freezing weather makes a return. Met Eireann ForecastWednesday will be a very cold and windy day with widespread showers early on in the morning, some of which will be wintry, especially across the north and northwest. Long dry spells developing with some sunshine, however further showers will push down across the country in a strong and gusty west to northwest wind. Scattered showers, later in the day, will turn increasingly to sleet and snow with moderate accumulations, all areas at threat, particularly Ulster. Risk of thunder also. Bitterly cold with an added wind chill effect; highest temperatures of just 2 to 5 degrees Celsius, in the strong and blustery westerly winds.The wintry showers will continue on Wednesday night, becoming widespread overnight in the moderate to fresh westerly wind. Temperatures overnight will be well below freezing with frost and ice making hazardous driving conditions. The showers will be most frequently of snow overnight, bringing accumulations of several centimetres in many areas, particularly in the west and in the north.There’ll be further wintry showers on Thursday, again frequently of snow. The showers will be most frequent over the hills and mountains of the west and north but all areas are at risk as they will be carried on the moderate to fresh westerly wind, which will veer northwest later. Temperatures will be only around 3 or 4 degrees in the afternoon on Thursday with a wind chill factor added in. Overnight on Thursday night temperatures will be below freezing again but the showers will start to retreat to the coasts of the west and north.On Friday the showers will become more likely to be of rain and more likely to be confined to coastal counties of the west and north, although there will still be a risk of wintry precipitation over the hills and mountains, and it will still be rather cold, especially over night. Day time there will be some sunny periods in the east and south. On Saturday and over the weekend, it will continue very cold as the airflow turns northerly. Wintry showers will continue, mainly in exposed northern and western areas with good spells of sunshine and severe frosts and icy roads by night.WEATHER WARNING ISSUED AS SNOW SET TO MOVE IN ACROSS DONEGAL FROM THIS AFTERNOON was last modified: January 28th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalforecastfreezingsnowtemperatureslast_img read more


first_imgLETTERKENNY RUGBY SUMMER CAMPUlster Rugby and Letterkenny RFC are running a Rugby Summer Camp on July 16th to 20th in our new clubhouse and pitches. All players between the ages 6 and 12 are invited to attend and enjoy the fun. 11 and 12 year olds will be getting advanced coaching to prepare for Youth Rugby. Younger age groups will be coached towards a new season of Mini Rugby for the coming season.Senior Ulster rugby players will visit during the week to meet the players in the summer camp and sign autographs and have photos with the players.Please book through the Ulster Rugby website “Centra Summer Camps” the cost is €60 for a full five sessions Mon to Fri. Coaches will be from Ulster Rugby and Letterkenny RFC. This camp is open to all clubs and individuals and no experience is necessary.Price includes shirt and other freebies.New players are welcome so please bring along some friends to try rugby for the first time.Any queries please ring Jeremy on 0868528300RUGBY: LETTERKENNY RUGBY SUMMER CAMP DETAILS was last modified: June 25th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:RUGBY: LETTERKENNY RUGBY SUMMER CAMP DETAILSlast_img read more


first_imgGlenswilly GAA notes by Seamus CallaghanThree events that occurred involving our beloved club this week past should leave us all with a great sense of pride and honour.The first thing was the Glenswilly Gaa Club 5k held on Tuesday 25th of June, and what an overwhelming success. Again, record numbers of participants,650 plus, made up of some serious big hitters along with novice runners and walkers enjoyed the competitive course around the Glen on a beautiful sunny evening. All participants were treated to refreshments afterwards and showers if required at the club house. A huge thank you to all who contributed in any way to making this event so successful,especially the members of the Letterkenny Athletic club for providing the time clock,numbers,and recording all the details at the finishing line to make this a successful round of the 5k grand prix series.To all who provided food and helped in the kitchen,we are forever grateful.Thanks to the main sponsor,the Sandwich Company and all others who provided prizes for the event. The second event at the Club was playing host to St Brigids feile na nog team from Rosscommon over the weekend. Glenswilly came to the rescue at short notice when the originally designated Donegal club were unable to accommodate the visitors. A match was played on Friday evening at the Glen before both clubs travelled to Derry for the parade of all participating Clubs in the Feile. From early Saturday morning the Glen and Rosscommon teams were joined by teams from Monaghan and Naomh Colmcille Newton for a series of matches over the day. This was another successful event for our club and the expression of delight from the visitors at the hospitality and warmth shown to them by all in the club and host families will be remembered for a long time to come. From a club perspective, we are eternally grateful to the women who worked tiredlessly and at short notice in feeding hundreds of people proving sandwiches,buns and hot food at no cost to the club all day. The sense of communitty and generousity shown by all the volunteers on the day left us on the officer board feeling humbled,but with a great sense of pride at the feeling of goodwill towards the Club. Congratulations to our U-14 team and their mentors on how they conducted themselves and particapated with pride for the club. Although unsuccessful on the field of play, the experience of playing such competition will pay dividends in the long term.Well done to Shane McDevitt on qualifying through to the Feile skills competition.Rounding off this trio of events was the Senior and Reserve meetings with St.Michaels in the final round of games in the appropriately labelled ‘Group of Death’.With a relentless gale force wind ripping through the centre of The Bridge, Dunfanaghy on Saturday evening, both teams knew only hard work and determination would seal the deal.The reserves were first up and needed at least a two point victory to secure a quarter final berth. It was a gallant effort from the lads, however, when one point down and with the game in the final minutes Glenswilly threw everything at the hosts and were unfortunate to be caught by a swift counter attack which ended up in a goal for St.Michaels, all but ending Glenswilly’s chances of progression. Final score- 1-8 to 1-4 in favour of the home side. Commiserations to all the management team and players who have provided us with some very entertaining reserve championship football this year. Then it was the turn of the seniors. Tension was sky high with both teams knowing that really only a win would do. Playing with the wind in the first half, our boys went in at the break with a 0-6 0-3 lead. Without Neil Gallagher from the start, and after losing Ciaran Bonner and Leon Kelly through injury early on, many were left wondering whether this three point lead would be enough for Gary McDaid’s side. However, an awe inspiring backs-to-the-wall performance from the Glen limited St.Michaels to just four points in the second half whilst adding three of our own. Aidan McDevitt’s fisted point in the last minute of normal time secured the result at 0-9 to 0-7, and ensured Glenswilly’s name was in the hat for the quarter final draw. Joyous scenes at the final whistle capped off what had been an unbelievable week of action for the ‘Wee Club’. Congratulations to all involved in the senior setup on the victory.The busy u14’s are back in action this week as they play Burt in the Convoy Centre of Excellence this Wednesday at 7.30pm.The u16 league also commences this week with Glenswilly in action at home to Muff on Sunday morning at 12am.The Kellogs Cúl Camp takes place in Glenswilly this year between 8-12 July inclusive. For more details contact Paddy McGinty on 087 9210846.Anyone in search of Ulster Final tickets please send requests in wrinting by letter or by e-mail to Sharon McGinty at The monthly meeting will now take place on Monday15th July at 9pm due to the meeting re church roof on Monday 8th July.Lotto winning numbers 5,16,17,19. Match 2 winnerLorraine McDaid, Churchill. Next weeks sellers are Eamonn Doherty and John Doherty. Next weeks jacpot stands at €2620.GAA NEWS: THREE EVENTS RESTORE GLENSWILLY’S PRIDE was last modified: July 2nd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Glenswilly GAA noteslast_img read more

Remembering Lucky Dube, ten years on

first_imgIn October 2007, one of South Africa’s greatest musical sons died. Celebrate the life and art of reggae artist Lucky Dube with five of his greatest songs. Lucky Dube was one of South Africa’s best known and most successful musicians. He died on 18 October 2007. (Image: Gallo Music South Africa)CD AndersonLucky Dube was an icon of South African music. The singer-songwriter singlehandedly put South African reggae on the international music map. With numerous successful and critically acclaimed albums, an electrifying stage presence and as an outspoken commentator on political and cultural issues of the day, by 2007 Dube was at the peak of his career and a respected elder of South African music.His death that year, killed during a hijacking outside his Johannesburg home, was both shocking and tragic. Millions of South Africans mourned the unnecessary death of a true musical legend.Born in Ermelo, Mpumalanga, in 1964, Dube found his love for music in school choirs and short-lived mbaqanga (Zulu pop) garage bands, before becoming a devout Rastafarian and dedicated reggae musician.Inspired by Jamaican musicians Jimmy Cliff and Peter Tosh, Dube mixed the latter’s socio-political messaging with the former’s pop music sensibility. His second album, Think About The Children, released in 1985, was the first of many hugely successful albums he would record over the next 20 years. In 1993, his album Victims sold more than one million copies, and he found audiences across the rest of Africa, in the Caribbean and Europe, where he toured prolifically.Lucky Dube was one of South Africa’s best known and most successful musicians. He died on 18 October 2007. (Image: Gallo Music South Africa)His music helped spread the popularity of reggae around the world and bridge the cultural divides in the African diaspora, particularly for fans in Europe looking for a common spiritual reconnection to Africa. Asked shortly before his death what inspired his music, Dube answered: “People… looking at people, watching [their] movements, the things they do. My songs are [about] real-life situations and experiences.”During the height of Dube’s popularity, in the last days of apartheid in the late 1980s and early 1990s, his music would often be the soundtrack of a country in change. With lyrics that celebrated humanity and dignity, and inspired many to reach across the cultural divide, Dube’s music was considered a great reconciliator of South Africans from all walks of life.Not to mention that reggae music itself, with its catchy melodies and addictive rhythms, is guaranteed to always get everyone dancing.At heart a family man who shunned the excesses of the music business, Dube professed his pride in and love for his wife Zanele Mdluli and their two children, Nkulee and Thokozani, who both followed their father’s footsteps into music after his death.Lucky Dube was one of South Africa’s best known and most successful musicians. He died on 18 October 2007. (Image: Gallo Music South Africa)To commemorate the ten-year anniversary of his death, Dube’s long-time recording company, Gallo Music South Africa, has released a double-album compilation titled The Times We’ve Shared. It features not only his biggest hits but also three previously unreleased songs as well exclusive recordings some of his most iconic live performances.Click here to listen and purchase the album. Relive and remember the musical genius of Lucky Dube with five of his greatest songs below: Source: Gallo Music South Africa, News24, South African History OnlineWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more