Lucky Dube was born on a small farm near Ermelo in the eastern Transvaal (now Mpumalanga). His mother, Sarah, considered his birth after a few unsuccessful pregnancy attempts so fortunate that she named him “Lucky”. She was the only breadwinner in the family as she had separated from her husband before Lucky’s birth and was forced to leave Lucky and her other two children, Thandi and Patrick, in the care of her mother. She earned such meagre wages in her job as domestic worker that she was barely able to send money back home for her children.

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Lucky Dube [online] Available at: luckydubemusic.com [Accessed 19 October 2009]|Mr Lucky Philip "Lucky Dube" DUBE (Profile) [online] Who\'s Who of Southern AfricaAvailable at: whoswhosa.co.za [Accessed 19 October 2009]|News Limited (2009) Reggae icon 'shot dead in front of son' [online] Available at: luckydubemusic.com [Accessed 19 October 2009]|Obituary: Lucky Dube [online], The Guardian, Available at: uardian.co.uk [Accessed 19 October 2009]

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