However, dying as she lived, Fassie was pursued to her grave by controversy. Local media have been full of reports of squabbles between her lover, gospel singer Gloria Chaka, and her family; between her manager Peter Snyman and her producer Chicco Twala; and speculation that the coma which preceded her death was induced not by an asthma attack, as her family claimed, but by yet another drug incident. Fassie was the youngest of nine children, born into a desperately poor family in the Cape Town township of Langa. Her father died when she was two, and her mother, a cleaner, recognised her daughter’s talent early on. By the age of four, Brenda, named after the US country singer Brenda Lee, was performing at church events, accompanied by her mother on the piano. At the age of 16, she left for Soweto to seek her fortune as a singer, first with the local vocal trio Joy, and later fronting the township pop group Brenda And The Big Dudes. In , she released her debut recording, Weekend Special, a lament about a boyfriend who would see her only at weekends. Revelling in her new-found fame, Fassie lavished money on cars, houses and extravagant parties. She had a son, Bongani, by a fellow Big Dudes musician; a marriage to a businessman was annulled a year later.
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Here are other interesting facts about the late pop star’s son. Profile summary. Full name: Bongani Fassie; Date of birth: 26th August
Brenda Fassie, the wild child of South African pop who was beloved as the piercing siren of the dispossessed under apartheid, died on May 9. She was Family members said that her death stemmed from an April 26 asthma attack at home that led to heart failure and brain damage. She had been on life support since then at the Sunninghill Hospital north of Johannesburg. For 20 years, singing in English, Xhosa and Zulu, Ms. Fassie was one of Africa’s top-selling musicians and the object of some of its liveliest gossip.
Fassie’s tempestuous life and her changing fashions in music and clothing earned her the nickname ”the black Madonna of the townships,” but she was far less solvent and far more impetuous than the American Madonna. She struggled for years with drug and alcohol problems, hitting bottom in when she woke up in a seedy Johannesburg hotel next to the body of her lesbian lover, who had overdosed.
She went into rehabilitation, but was defiant in interviews about her crack use and her bisexuality, then largely taboo subjects among black South Africans. She was often broke, sharing her large houses with her singers, musicians and hangers-on and helping support her siblings. She missed concerts, leading her fans to riot and her producers to sue. Even when she was famous, her son, Bongani, now 20, was asked to leave his grammar school when she could not pay tuition.
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.
Brenda 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.
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IT was party time for the Sunday Times yet again this week, this time a bash with an historical edge – but joyous as well. One of our th birthday undertakings is the Heritage Project in which prominent South Africans and local events we have covered as stories over the years, and which are part of our country’s history, will be honoured with artworks erected in appropriate places.
On Thursday, a perfect late-summer evening, a very mixed crowd – showbiz, politicos, artists and media – met at the Bassline, situated among the manicured lawns yes, really and neat brick paving of Newtown, Joburg, to watch the unveiling of the first of the memorials. Guest of honour was Bongani Fassie, the singer’s year-old son who has his mum’s slight frame. He sang a song called I Miss You that he’d written specially for her.
This seemed to consist mostly of the words “If I hurt you, I’m sorry”. Guests included former Joburg Mayor now councillor Amos Masondo – and everyone had to be careful not to call him by his old title. Like many others all over the country, he’s a “possible mayor-in-waiting” until next week. After the speeches, guests went outside into the warm, moonlit dusk for the unveiling of kilted sculptor Angus Taylor’s exceptional bronze of our bestselling artist.
It depicts Brenda sitting on a high stool in front of a mic, wearing her typical skimpy costume plus beads and plaits for Africa. Beside it is a second stool, which I predict will wear thin as it is used by many fans in the future to have their picture taken with “MaBrrr”. As Mondli slipped off the cloth covering the statue one naughty Sunday Times staffer was heard to say, “that’s the quietest we’ve ever seen her”.
Get up close and you’ll read many of Brenda’s sayings sometimes boastful, often humble and stuff connected to her engraved on the statue, including the name of her hit number Weekend Special.
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Brenda Nokuzola Fassie  3 November — 9 May  was a South African anti- apartheid Afropop singer, songwriter, dancer and activist. Her bold stage antics earned a reputation for “outrageousness”. She was named after American singer Brenda Lee.
CAPE TOWN – An inquest has been launched into the death of singer Brenda Fassie after evidence that the crack cocaine she used was laced with rat poison,.
Known as the “Madonna of the Townships” or simply as the “undisputed queen of the vocals,” and generally deemed one of South Africa ‘s biggest female pop stars of recent years, Brenda Fassie notched a long string of infectious pop hits. Her music was deeply woven into the fabric of South African life, and more than once her music played a role in the country’s tumultuous political scene. A major talent whose popularity survived several waves of musical fashion and extended at its height to Europe and the United States , Fassie struggled with personal demons before dying a tragically early death in Fassie was born in in Langa, in one of apartheidera South Africa ‘s black townships near Cape Town.
Her mother, Sarah, an amateur pianist, named her after the American country-pop star Brenda Lee. At the age of four she formed a little vocal group called the Tiny Tots. She became something of a local celebrity, and when top South African producer Koloi Lebona came to town in , local musicians raved about her voice and guided the producer to her mother’s house. By Fassie had formed an act of her own called Brenda and the Big Dudes, and that year she had a breakthrough hit with “Weekend Special,” singing in the disco-flavored “bubblegum” style.
Among several hits that became widely known in South Africa’s black townships was “Black President,” a single that looked forward to the dismantling of the country’s apartheid system. That song was banned for a time by the South African government, but Fassie’s popularity only increased. Despite these successes, Fassie’s personal life was in disarray.
By Lumka Oliphant Oct 21, The South African music industry is about to shake – and who better to do it than the diva and queen of pop, the late Brenda Fassie? Fassie, better known as Mabrrr, is proving even from her grave to be ibhoza the boss of the industry, as she claimed, and this time – through the executor of her estate, David Feldman – she is taking her former manager and producer, Sello “Chicco” Twala, EMI Music and EMI Publishing to court over claims of years’ worth of unpaid royalties.
The Southern African Music Rights Organisation Samro , which is supposed to collect broadcast royalties for its members, will also have to prove its innocence. Samro has been ordered to hand over all files and records relating to the estate’s right to royalties, to the South African Recording Rights Association Limited Sarral. Fassie, albeit posthumously, is the first artist in this country to take the giants of the music industry to court and arguably, the second in the world after George Michael, who took Sony Music to court for rendering him a “pop slave”.
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Snyman and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, a friend of Fassie, are to ask the police to question a young woman who visited her at her home in Sandton on April That was the last occasion Fassie used crack cocaine. The next morning Fassie had an asthma attack and was rushed to the Sunninghill Clinic in Johannesburg. She lapsed into a coma from which she never recovered, and died on May 9 after her life support machines were turned off.
A drug dealer visited Fassie – who was in drug rehabilitation clinics 30 times – while she was in hospital, the newspaper said. Snyman said a young man, now in a coma in a Johannesburg hospital, had also bought drugs from the dealer who supplied Fassie. Drug dealers are known to add harmful substances to their merchandise to increase their bulk, and the dealers’ profit.
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Brenda Fassie, wild child of South African pop who was beloved as piercing siren of the dispossed under apartheid, dies at age 39; photo (M).
The bronze sculpture of Brenda Fassie outside the Bassline music Venue in Newtown, Johannesburg, is one of 40 memorial art works placed by the Sunday Times around the country to celebrate its th birthday, and to promote national identity. The sculpture, by artist Angus Taylor, is a metre, life-size statue that is an unusual pose of the top selling pop diva, known to her fans as Ma Brr.
The artist was inspired by two art works in Havanna – Jose Soberon Villa’s bronzes of John Lennon on a park bench, and Ernest Hemingway propping up a bar. Fassie is perched on a barstool, her mic which was broken and repaired in in front of her. Next to her, however, is a vacant barstool, inviting passers-by to take a seat and ‘chat’ to her. The stool is a way to encourage people to interact with the sculpture.
Embossed in bronze in tiny letters are a number of quotes by Fassie.
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This was one year before her celebrated comeback with her album Memeza, which became the biggest-selling album in the country. Her fans and dear friends included Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki, and when she was hospitalised in , they were among the high-profile visitors to her sick bed. Her achievements and her influence are especially admirable considering that she was born the youngest of nine children in the township of Langa in the Western Cape.
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Magazine article New African. Her death was widely anticipated days before she departed. Local newspapers screamed headlines like “Too late for Mama”, one of her popular songs.
A video of the late Brenda Fassie speaking to her son, Bongani has just surfaced and the nostalgia this has triggered is uncontainable.
She had her greatest success in the s and continued to record into the ensuing decades, but became a celebrity known more for her off-stage antics than her on-stage work. Born in in the small village of Langa, Cape Town, Fassie came from a musical family and began singing early, forming her first singing group at the age of four. Her precocious talent brought her to the attention of talent scouts from Johannesburg, one of whom eventually took the young teenager to the city to kick-start her career.
Then things started to unravel for Fassie. She was involved in several highly publicized affairs with both men and women and had also begun a costly and destructive cocaine addiction. It also didn’t help matters that she became notorious for missing concert dates. The nadir of her excess came in when Fassie was found in a drugged haze next to the dead body of her girlfriend.
The horror of the event was enough to shock her out of her spiraling decline. Her next album, Memeza, was released in and was the most focused and accomplished album she had released in nearly a decade. Memeza went on to become the best-selling album of the year in South Africa.
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Category: Radio 2 ; Africa. Date: Dubbed the ‘Madonna of the Townships’, Fassie’s story melds a remarkable public success story with a catastrophic private life.
Brenda Fassie’s new lesbian lover has come out in the open for the first time to declare: Brenda has converted me [to lesbianism] and we love.
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This week we are excited to begin our celebration of Black History Month! To start, we will be looking at some more recent history, specifically the life and times of Brenda Fassie. Fassie was a South African pop star who gained international fame for her work and for the many media storms that built up around her. She was the niece of the famed activist-turned-president, Nelson Mandela, and also held many of the same political stances throughout her life.
A number of her songs were even banned in America.