s we celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday, we should remember that Bongani Fassie on this day of the 9th of May in 2004 he lost a mother, and the nation was deprived of a National Treasure, Brenda Fassie!
“Today Mama Bear Was laid to rest. A day before Mother’s Day,” wrote Bongani Fassie. – 09/05/2020.
Vulindela, Weekend Special, Nomakanjani, Too Late For Mama, Amadlozi, Mali, and Myekeleni are some of Brenda’s albums/songs that we still love today.
“We miss you Ma’brrr. It’s 16yrs Today since you ascended. On the eve of Mother’s Day. Rest In Peace,” wrote Bongani Fassie on his official Instagram page.
South Africans knew and still know her as MaBrrr, also referred to as the Queen of African Pop, the Madonna of The Townships – she was a breath of fresh-air around people.
Brenda Fassie was 39 years old when she left everyone in disbelief and Bongani was only 19-years-old at the time of her passing 16-years-ago.
According to South African History Online (SAHO), Brenda Nokuzola Fassie was born on the 3rd of November 1964 in Langa Township in the Western Cape Province. She was named after the American country singer Brenda Lee.
“The daughter of a pianist, Brenda began singing to her mother’s accompaniment at a very young age, and already at the age of five, she had tourists paying to hear her sing. She already had her first band at this stage, the Tiny Tots. When she was about 16 years old, renowned producer Koloi Lebona came from Johannesburg to visit the Fassie’s Langa home after a number of Cape Town musicians had told him about Brenda. Lebona confirmed their high regard for the young Brenda, saying that her voice was very mature for her age and was ‘the voice of the future’,” documents SAHO.
Watch Brenda Fassie and The Big Dudes performing Weekend Special during the 1985 Concert in the Park, Live at Ellis Park Stadium.
SAHO further reports that Brenda Fassie went to live with Lebona’s family in Soweto, where she was supposed to finish school before beginning a music career. But when one of the singers of the singing trio Joy went on maternity leave, Brenda filled in for her.
After Brenda Fassie’s contract with Joy expired she made an appearance on the Blondie and Papa roadshow before forming her popular group, Brenda and the Big Dudes. Her first recording was made in 1983 with the hit single “Weekend Special”, which became the fastest-selling record at the time. The song enjoyed great international popularity, and Brenda and the Big Dudes toured to the United States, Britain, Europe, Australia, and Brazil. – SAHO.
Watch Brenda Fassie talking about how old she was when she got married and school (Clip-Twitter):
Here are some of Brenda Fassie’s famous quotes:
“I’d rather have happiness than money. People ask for it. Sometimes when I don’t have it. I make other people’s problems my problem because they want me to; they ask me to,” Brenda Fassie.
“You know, the more I appear on newspapers, the more famous I become.”
“I am angry about the world’s conditions for black people.”
“I’m a shocker. I like to create controversy. It’s my trademark.”
“I wanna be loved. I just wanna be loved.”
To this day as we commemorate her passing, we loved Sis Brenda Fassie aka MaBrrr.
According to various reports Brenda Fassie died after spending two weeks in a coma. Her passing was reported to have been allegedly caused by a cocaine overdose.
She died on 9 May 2004 after spending two weeks in a coma. Her death was reported to have been caused by a cocaine overdose.
“On 26 April 2004, Fassie was rushed to a Johannesburg hospital with cardiac arrest. Although doctors resuscitated her, she slipped into a coma. For two weeks, fans all over the country held prayer services and supported her, her friends, and family,” reported SAHO –Produced 17 February 2011 | Last Updated 08 May 2020.
May Her Soul Continue to Rest in Power! We wish Bongani, family, and friends strength as they remember the fallen icon.
As we all know nothing ends without drama in South Africa:
When it comes to my mother, I respsent Brenda Fassie in all imagery and all likeness. I don’t need anyone’s permission but I have already taken the liberty of contacting @warehouse831 about his amazing design. I posted this in memorandum of my mothers death #RIPBrendaFassie https://t.co/mG4xMsh45t
— Bongani Fassie (@IamBONGZ) May 9, 2020
To see Brenda Fassie’s albums click [HERE].