Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Remembering Brenda Fassie


This month marks the 3rd anniversary of African Music legend, Brenda Fassie's death. I am a big fan of her music and thought to remember her on the same month she died three years ago.


Brenda was born on Nov 3 1964 in Langa, Cape Town, South Africa, as the youngest of 9 children. She was named after Brenda Lee, an American country singer. Her father died when she was 2, and with the help of her mother, a pianist, she started earning money by singing for tourists.

In 1981, at the age of 16, she left Cape Town for Soweto, Johannesburg to seek her fortune as a singer. Brenda first joined the group Joy and later became the lead singer for the township pop group Brenda And The Big Dudes. She had a son, Bongani, in 1985 by a fellow Big Dudes musician.

Brenda married ex-convict Nhlanhla Mbambo in 1989 but later in 1991 got divorced. It was around this time that she became addicted to cocaine and her career suffered.



Since 1996 she released several solo albums like "Now Is The Time", "Memeza" and "Nomakanjani?".

Most of her albums became multi-platinum sellers in South Africa.



On the morning of 26 April 2004, Brenda collapsed at her home in Buccleuch and was admitted into the Sunninghill hospital in Johannesburg.

The post-mortem report revealed that she had taken an overdose of cocaine in the night of her collapse, and this was the cause of her coma.

She stopped breathing and suffered brain damage from lack of oxygen.

Brenda died at age 39 on 9 May 2004 in hospital without returning to consciousness after her life support machines were turned off.

She was survived by a son, Bongani

She was voted 17th in the Top 100 Great South Africans.

She has come and gone, but her legacy will always remain with us. Adieu Brenda...we will always love you!

10 comments:

~Mimi~ said...

hi linda been a while...i dont really know much about her music,but i think i remember when she died.

ababoypart2 said...

I was visiting Nigeria when Vuli n' Delia was released. Before then I had never heard of Brenda. I got my guys to hunt for the CD the minute I heard it. I usually need a couple of ‘listens’ before I like or dislike a track. This track (and Brenda) had an instant effect.

TJ The Actor said...

Brenda was the Madonna of the Townships.I still listen to her music daily..Her untimely death was a tragic-comedy!Very painful indeed.How many artists can you name who would have their former president (in this case Nelson Mandela ), the current president ( Thabo Mbeki ) and the whole of the cabinet visit them on their sick bed when it became known that this time they were fighting for their life? So it was with Brenda. Brenda lives on....

Pink-satin said...

oh i loved brenda fassie...esp that her vlundela(however it is spelt) song

Ugo Daniels said...

Her music rawks. She'll def. be remembered!

naya said...

oh yes i remember brenda.just finding out how she really died.she was really hooked on drugs.I didnt expect her to live long with that lifestyle.a friend of mine died in the US in a similar fashion.what drugs can do to you, still pple dont listen.so its been 3yrs?tot it was last yr.she was a great singer

brenda said...

may her soul rest in peace.she still lives in me

Anonymous said...

linda thanks for remembering her.she was a great woman
naya,u dont talk like that about a dead person, where are ur manners?

chidi said...

its such a shame that her life was wasted like that. I mean the drugs thing. And she was just 39. may she continue resting in peace

Anonymous said...

what is the name of that her popular song?this woman was great