Sunday, February 24, 2008

Rest In Peace, Lucky Dube

A major issue facing caring parents is the music to which their children listen to. Does it reenforce the values parents wish to strengthen in their home? Is it "menschenwurdig"? (A beautiful German word that translates literally as "worthy of a human being".) My musical tastes are guided by my allegiance to Judaism and my belief in the seven Noahide laws. These laws are as follows 1) to worship G-d . 2) Not to curse G-d. 3) Not to murder 4) Not to steal.
5) Against sexual immorality 6) Tearing a limb from a living animal or cruelty to animals. 7) To institute a system of government to enforce these laws
It is against these values that I measure popular entertainment. Lucky Dube (may G-d grant rest to his soul) has in my view exemplified these values. Each year, as the book of exodus is read in our synagogues, we are reminded that liberation from external enslavement and oppression is only a prelude to the real struggle with and among ourselves. In 1994, South Africa went to a system of one person, one vote. Its nonwhite majority was given the right to vote and control its own destiny. Lucky Dube gave eloquent voice, both to the struggle for civic equality, and the challenges of building the new South Africa as well as the inner struggle that ensues. He was always forthright and frank in talking of the problems of crime, inter-communal strife and poverty that have persisted and festered in the new South Africa.
Tragically, it was these corrosive social forces that claimed Lucky's life in a botched carjacking on October 18, 2007, in which he was shot dead in front of his children.
Lucky abstained from any form of intoxicating substances as a part of his religious beliefs, which were defined by a Christian denomination that is independent of European and American political control. His pride in his people never degenerated into hatred. He sang in African languages, English and even Afrikaans, a language often associated with support for apartheid.
His songs give voice to universal themes with beauty and resonance. He touched many lives and gave voice to many a silent soul . G-d bless you Lucky Dube.

Please click on the title to this post to listen to a selection from Lucky titled "Good Girl" Sphere: Related Content

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Mishna Brura 560 (Shar HaTziyun) quotes the Shelah saying that a mother should not sing her baby to sleep using non-Jewish music (shirei agavim), because it will have a bad influence on the child.

Now even if we're going to say that this lady is not only humming the child to sleep but singing the words as well (which doesn't really seem to be the case), but here we're talking abotu a little child who doesn't understand any of the words. So if only the words is the problem, how could words oyu don't understand have a bad influence? It's just gibberish!

And if someone's going to say - which doesn't really make any sense - the somehow, words do have an effect even if the baby doesn't understand them, they will then have a problem with the Gemora in Chagiga 3a which asks why do we bring babies to Hakhel (the reading of the Torah) if they don't understand what it means. If words have an effect without knowing the meaning, then we would have a simple answer to he Gemora;s question -- we bring the babies for the good effect the words have on them.

an interesting story told about the alter rebbe(the first of the chabad rebbes): he came to a city of misnagdim, and they were all ready to attack chassidus. the alter rebbe didn't say a word, he just began to sing a deep, mournful nigun--and all of the misnagdim's questions disappeared and they became enthralled with chassidus. such is the power of a nigun, a tune.when someone sings, they pour their soul out, put their their soul into it.
chabad chassidus explains that therefore, wehn u listen to music, your soul connects with the composer's/singer's
(from frumteens.com) mfl

Anonymous said...

http://ots.org.il/features/music_berman.htm
mfl