“South Africans mourn top pop diva” – BBC
South Africans are grieving after the death of one of the country’s most popular singers, Brenda Fassie, 39.
She had been at the forefront of South African music for some 20 years.
In a statement, President Thabo Mbeki said she had been “a Pan-African griot1 , making souls rise in bliss wherever her voice reached.”
Known for outbursts of temper and a long battle with drugs, she had many fans across Africa, including former South African leader Nelson Mandela.
I saw a terribly sad interview with her recently on a religious channel I was flicking past on on Sky. She was a lovely, troubled and gifted person. In the interview she was weeping because her then teenage son Bongani was asking her why she was hurting herself with drugs. It was painful to see her in so much pain. Sizobonana Brenda.