I recently had the opportunity to attend the CT Folk Fest. At one point in the evening, a man walked onto the stage. A man, up to that point, I knew nothing about. This man was Roger Lucey. I was to discover later, that Roger had walked a road that very few had ever walked in their lifetime. A road filled with darkness, hardship and struggle. Roger’s songs were forbidden back in the apartheid regime, but despite the police force, tear gas and the likes, nothing could stop him. Roger’s music was powerful back then, cutting deep. It continues to this day, stronger than ever. Roger Lucey, is a living legend.
There is power in words – especially the spoken word. In this case, the spoken word through music. The kind of music, that grips you deeply and stirs you right down to your soul. I came home and started sniffing out Roger’s music on the internet. What I discovered, literally blew my mind and heart right open. What strikes me most is Roger’s sincerity – despite his journey, he continued and never gave up hope, but above all, reaches out the hand of friendship. Roger’s music has brought change in the lives of people. One man in particular, a security police Warrant Officer by the name of Paul Erasmus – read about it here: http://www.3rdearmusic.com/forum/footsoldier.html
I watched the making of a video, which I feel every South African should watch. It is a small glimpse into the life of an incredible man. Take the time to watch this and be prepared for an emotional roller-coaster ride – it is a story about censorship and sabotage –
Roger’s music is political, spiritual – protest music, with a strong, life-changing message. A message of the wrongs that were committed back in the apartheid years. His music sheds light, on those who were oppressed through gruesome acts during the war in our country. Sitting writing, I reflected back on those years and I realized, here is a man that defines history itself. How many others are out there, who are holding back their truth? Roger sheds light on the horrors of the past, through his storytelling.
The reality dawned on me -we are all guilty of the past crimes against humanity, if we do not take a firm stand for truth and justice in our country – by turning a blind eye, we are just as guilty. If we believe in a Creator God, then surely, we believe that God breathed life into each of us – black/white/brown – the rainbow nation.
Roger Lucey, I salute you, for your bravery and courage – for your integrity . May you continue to touch many lives, bringing change, through your continued efforts of delivering a powerful, thought provoking message. Your music speaks deeply for the times we live in – here in our beautiful South Africa.
Read the lyrics:
Lungile Tabalaza was a young man only 20
Lived in New Brighton Township just outside of Port Elizabeth
In a small house with his family He lived through violations
Went to school in Kwa-Zakele With the Bantu Education – and they call it education.
Well the cops came Monday morning and they took him on suspicion of robbery and arson, the law makes no provision.
So they handed him to plain clothes
The Special Branch elite
And it doesn’t really matter how strong you are
They’ve got ways to make you speak
They’re going to make you speak if they really want to hear you speaking
They’re going to get it out of you; they’re going to hear your voice.
Well whatever happened in that office God and the Cops will only know
The law has ways of keeping it quiet so that nothing at all will show
But at three 0 ‘clock that same afternoon, Lungile fell five floors
Lay dead below on the street outside
They quickly rushed his body behind closed doors.
Some said it was murder and some said it was suicide
But this is not the first time men have gone in there and died
And from New York and from London Came angry cries and protests
But the overseers just carry on with their game.
And from ‘You only need say nothing‘
And there’s teargas at the funeral of a boy gunned down by cops
They say that there are too many mourners and this is where it stops
And the moral of the episode – Is to do what you are told
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