THE late anti-apartheid Afropop singer’s statue has disappeared in front of Bassline in Newtown, Johannesburg. Because of this, emotions got stirred.
Affectionately called MaBrrr, according to Walozi.africa they received a WhatsApp text which alerted them that someone might have stolen the Queen of Afro Pop, the “Madonna of the Townships” bust.
The publication which tells African stories with a flair also reports that mounted on the fence outside Bassline was a cardboard-wall handwritten message(s) displaying affection for the late star.
“Respect Brenda and bring her back ASAP,” one scribbling says. Another one demanded to know why was she taken to begin with.
Anesu Mupemi, Jah Seed of Bongo Muffin fame, forms part of the Bassline management team.
He told Walozi the likeness of Brenda Fassie was removed by Joburg City officials who said they were going to give it a new shine.
“Brenda may not return to the Bassline,” says a City official to the publication on request of anonymity.
“The bust was taken in for repairs because it was vandalized. One suggestion was it could be safer at the Market Theatre precinct. Also, there was the Joburg Theatre that wanted to host Brenda. A stakeholders’ meeting was scheduled for tomorrow (29 August), and there it will be discussed where the statue should be placed. However, we are experiencing difficulties in getting hold of Fassie’s family members,” the official says speaking to Walozi.
In 2012, the microphone that accompanied Fassie’s bust was broken but got repaired.
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