From: South Africa
Genre: Reggae, Song writing/composition, Producer
One People band may sound like a new band in this reggae business, but it has been there for a long time. They have been traveling with Lucky Dube all four corners of the world, yes they have been called so many names, first they were the slaves, and then after having the first president in South Africa they changed their name to Free at last. After Lucky's passin on, we decided to continue with his legacy as One People Band.
The “One People” band rose from the ashes of pain caused by the tragic passing of their talented and charismatic leader, Lucky Dube in October 2007. Stepping up to the microphone is the amiable and equally charming Thuthukani Cele, and “Thuthu” as he is known to his fans is doing a remarkable job bringing Lucky Dube’s prophetic words to local audiences who have suddenly developed an insatiable appetite for the tunes, devouring each word and nuance. The band has now performed in numerous major festivals in South Africa receiving standing ovations with each performance.
The band has also recently collaborated with the renowned Freshly Ground and Kwela Tembza on a tribute to Lucky Dube at Sun City. In 2008 the legendary Eddy Grant came to South Africa to look for a band that will travel with him all over the world, and he chose the Lucky Dube Band (One People Band). We went to conquer the world again, in the festivals of GlastonBery and Mandela's birthday in UK and Ragga muffin festivals in Australia and New Zealand. In the very same year Gallo Record Company signed the band as “One People Band” and the recording of a new album containing their new, original material is underway.
The 10-piece band has been rocking audiences with the sounds that have made South Africa’s reggae king Lucky Dube a star around the world. Who are they? Thuthukani Cele ~ Lead Vocals Richard Sekgobela ~ Keyboards Doods Motlatsi Molefi ~ Percussion ~ Keyboards Ali Mthombeni ~ Lead GuitarThemba Dlamini Bass GuitarBongani Sithole ~ Drums Tladi Kometsi, Philile Cele~ Vocals Siziwe Ngema, Vocals Fakazile Somhlaba ~ Vocals Coming your way soon, on Spirit of Reggae tour starring “ONE PEOPLE BAND” is one show not to be missed.
The real sound of Lucky Dube and South Africa moves you, grooves you, loves you even more…..