Roger Lucey, then a security police target, singing at the Chelsea basement, Hillbrow, Johannesburg, with his Zub Zub Marauders, in the early ’80s. His 1979 album ‘The Road Is Much Longer’ first aroused the interest of the security police. Lucey was targeted by the security police after he released his song ‘Lungile Thabalaza’, about the torture and death fall of a 20-year-old black detainee. They teargassed one of his gigs at the Mangles club, and finally ordered all venue managers that Lucey was not to be given a stage. They even ordered organisers of festivals to cut Lucey from the bill at the last moment. Lucey was not silenced, continuing as a film maker, activist and TVjournalist. He has now returned to music. On YouTube you can find the documentary about Lucey’s struggles: ‘Stopping the Music: A Story of Censorship in Apartheid South Africa’. I managed to chat to him at a workshop of songwriting that he gave at the 2006 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. He is a most generous soul with a great gift for putting into words and music the savage contradictions and beauty of South Africa. Photo © Giles Hugo 2019. Gear: Leica M3, Leica Summicron 90mm f2, Tri-X film rated at 800 ASA, flash. A2 print on Hahnemühle Rag Art Paper.
Roger Lucey, early 1980’s.
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Working in newspapers there and in Swaziland taught him a range of photographic skills —shooting, developing and printing a photo in under 45 minutes, or less, and tackling any subject from portraits to beauty pageants, soccer, motor sport, boxing, ghetto jazz and rock musicians, and street life. Most of that was black and white work, with an occasional roll of slide film for special projects and artistic exploration. He upgraded through 35mm SLRs to Leica rangefinders and various lenses. He still enjoys using older lenses, mostly Leica and Canon, to explore subjects and qualities of light.