Brenda Fassie

Reflecting on Brenda Fassie’s ‘Black President’

"Fassie lived according to her own rules. That’s what made her political."

Buyel’Ekhaya Mtase: This land of ours shrouded in song

Amid the fratricidal political mayhem threatening to rip the soul of the country asunder, a music festival proposes that local is the national

Simphiwe Dana readies her wings once more

The songstress is hesitantly making her comeback and her treasured audiences hope to see her soar

Brenda Fassie rules Newtown, brazenly and in bronze

“We respect her. You check the sun, it’s blazing on that statue. You can see the light, you can see the dark. It’s like she changes with the day.”

Madondo narrows in on Brenda Fassie’s ‘Dickensian’ life

Despite missing dates and facts in the late singer's life, Bongani Madondo's latest collection of essays attempts to make sense of MaBrrr's epic life.

Brenda Fassie: No more dazzling comebacks

Mabrr died on May 9 2004, 10 years ago today. What she was and what she continues to mean is examined in I’m Not Your Weekend Special.

Music journalism’s new tune missing a beat

Has the role of music journalist been relegated ?to being simply a punter of product?

Special team behind the MaBrr magic

In 1983, a maxi single called "Weekend Special" exploded on to the music scene, launching one of SA's most sensational stars, Brenda Fassie.

Mysterious Mandela song to be released after over two decades

"The People Want Mandela", a South African equivalent of Quincy Jones's "We are the World", will finally be released after it was banned for 23 years.

Mystery of the lost Mandela song

Nic Hofmeyr tells the secret history of "The People Want Mandela" and how it has been salvaged for generations to come.
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Celebrating SA’s music legends

SA's hip-hop and kwaito stars, including a hologram of the late Brenda Fassie, celebrated the country's musical history at the Hansa Festival of Legends.

Kwaito megastars and the ghost of Brenda Fassie

The inaugural Hansa Festival of Legends featured the usual highs, lows, hits and misses - but everyone was there to see Brenda Fassie's hologram.

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