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Musicians get mark of approval as artist immortalizes legends on stamps

<i>By </i><strong><i><a href='https://twitter.com/laurenmoorhouse' target='_blank'>Lauren Said-Moorhouse</a></i></strong><i>, for CNN</i><!-- -->
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</br>The sounds of South Africa have recently been immortalized with the help of the South African Post Office. Last month saw the launch of a special stamp collection that pays tribute to some of the country's most beloved creative souls. The incredible monochrome images were created by artist <a href='http://instagram.com/flyingdutchmanart' target='_blank'>Hendrik Gericke</a>, who told CNN about his process of capturing his nation's best-loved performers.<!-- -->
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</br>Gericke was brought onto the project by Cape Town-based design agency <a href='http://mcsaatchiabel.co.za/' target='_blank'>M&amp;C Saatchi Abel</a>, who were working with the South African Post Office. They curated a list of musicians and passed them on to the 33-year-old artist to interpret for the latest stamp collection, he tells CNN. <!-- -->
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</br>Lucky Dube was an obvious addition to the list. Known for singing in the traditional Zulu tongue of mbaqanga, Dube made a splash in the '80s with his politically charged songs about social injustice, set to the backdrop of uplifting beats and strong reggae sounds. It would be the start of a fruitful 25-year career that saw him release 22 albums in Zulu, Afrikaans and English before <a href='http://edition.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/Music/10/22/safrica.death/' target='_blank'>his untimely demise in 2007</a>. <!-- -->
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</br>To evoke the power of the superstar -- Dube remains South Africa's all-time best-selling reggae artist -- and the many other musicians represented, Gericke opted for monochrome prints.<!-- -->
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</br>"The style [the post office] were after was a linocut, woodcut look because it has a strong presence in South African art historically across the board."

By Lauren Said-Moorhouse, for CNN

The sounds of South Africa have recently been immortalized with the help of the South African Post Office. Last month saw the launch of a special stamp collection that pays tribute to some of the country's most beloved creative souls. The incredible monochrome images were created by artist Hendrik Gericke, who told CNN about his process of capturing his nation's best-loved performers.

Gericke was brought onto the project by Cape Town-based design agency M&C Saatchi Abel, who were working with the South African Post Office. They curated a list of musicians and passed them on to the 33-year-old artist to interpret for the latest stamp collection, he tells CNN.

Lucky Dube was an obvious addition to the list. Known for singing in the traditional Zulu tongue of mbaqanga, Dube made a splash in the '80s with his politically charged songs about social injustice, set to the backdrop of uplifting beats and strong reggae sounds. It would be the start of a fruitful 25-year career that saw him release 22 albums in Zulu, Afrikaans and English before his untimely demise in 2007.

To evoke the power of the superstar -- Dube remains South Africa's all-time best-selling reggae artist -- and the many other musicians represented, Gericke opted for monochrome prints.

"The style [the post office] were after was a linocut, woodcut look because it has a strong presence in South African art historically across the board."