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General News Tue, 29 Apr 1997

South African Reggae Star Flies In For Show

Accra The South African renowned reggae musician, Lucky Dube, arrived in Accra today to participate in the activities marking his country's national day dubbed, "Freedom Day". He will launch his latest musical album the "Taxman" in Accra. Dube was met on arrival by Mr Philip Riley, First Secretary at the

South African High Commission in Ghana and Ms Kamaria Motsepe daughter of the South African High Commissioner. The reggae star will be honoured by the Musicians' Association of Ghana at a gala night, as the best foreign artiste. Lucky Dube told newsmen on arrival that "Freedom Day" makes him proud to see that the "tree that was planted with sweat and blood has borne fruits. He said his nomination for an award in Ghana confirms the fact that music transcends barriers and language and that the theme of his songs are not rpt not meant for South Africans alone but for the world at large.

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Dube explained the philosophy behind his album the "Taxman", saying that it brings to the fore corruption in high places in his country and the inability of the government to combat crime which has become prevalent in the South African society. He praised the Copyright Administration for the introduction of the banderole which has enabled him to benefit from royalties in West Africa for the first time. He hoped such a practice will be copied by other African countries to enable musicians to reap from their toils. Dube will raise money for charity from the launching of his cassette and have a number of radio and private interviews as well as visit the Kwame Nkrumah mausoleum.

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