Roger Lucey at 70: A Searing Legacy and A New Tour

Published February 11, 2024

Roger Lucey, a South African musician known for his opposition to apartheid, is still making a strong impact as he begins touring at the age of 70. Having celebrated his 70th birthday on January 21, Lucey chose this defining moment in his life to organize a tour titled Solo@70, which has already started strong with a successful show in Napier, Western Cape. Despite his initial jitters on stage, they only served to enhance his performance on opening night, and anticipation is high for the remaining shows.

A Musical Journey Through South Africa's History

With a career stretching back to the 1970s, Lucey's music captures the essence of a tumultuous period in South Africa. His 1979 debut album The Road is Much Longer showcased his commitment to conscience over career, leading to politically charged songs that angered the regime and gravely affected his budding music career. He bravely dedicated a song to Lungile Tabalaza, a young activist who died in police custody, reflecting the oppressive reality of the time.

Indomitable Spirit

Lucey's life has been a tapestry of highs and lows, encompassing a variety of roles from band leader to war correspondent and beyond. His academic achievements later in life, securing a master's in creative writing at Duke University, are as extraordinary as his early musical ventures. His memoir, Back in From the Anger, offers an unflinching look at his life's journey.

Heartfelt Songwriting

The Solo@70 tour features a mix of Lucey's works, showcasing songs that range from protest anthems to intimate reflections on love and life, drawing comparisons to the equally iconic Bob Dylan. His voice remains a potent force, coupled with instrumental prowess such as an impressive saxophone solo. The tour continues with performances across various venues, including Café Roux in Noordhoek and The Courtyard in McGregor, promising an emotional and compelling experience for fans and newcomers alike.

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