Grim News: Brenda Fassie is dead

“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.

 

 

  1. Griot: A West African poet, praise singer, and wandering musician, considered a repository of oral tradition

33 Comments Grim News: Brenda Fassie is dead

  1. kefa

    IT IS ABIG LOSS TO ALL OF US WHO WERE HER FANS. PERSONNALY I WILL MISS HER GREATLY .HER SONG VULINDLELA IS A SYMBOL OF HER GREATNESS.

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  2. Ambrose

    As a Liberian DJ I will keep playing your music and let u voice live on. May her soul rest in Peace.

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  3. Golesedi Maguire

    Our Black Madonna will live on in our hearts, Robala Sentle MaBrrrr, o tla gakologelwa ke Batswana, you have been an inspiration to me

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  4. Golesedi Maguire

    Our Black Madonna will live on in our hearts, Robala Sentle MaBrrrr, o tla gakologelwa ke Batswana, you have been an inspiration to me

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  5. tina dausab

    SAO WE HAVE LOST YET ANOTHER GREAT LADY OF MUSIC GOODBYE bRENDA MAY YOU MAKE SWEET MUSIC WHEREVER U NOW ARE

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  6. tina dausab

    SO WE HAVE LOST YET ANOTHER GREAT LADY OF MUSIC GOODBYE BRENDA MAY YOU MAKE SWEET MUSIC WHEREVER U NOW ARE

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  7. tina dausab

    SO WE HAVE LOST YET ANOTHER GREAT LADY OF MUSIC GOODBYE BRENDA MAY YOU MAKE SWEET MUSIC WHEREVER U NOW ARE

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  8. mpaka

    when i had of d death of pop diva brenda fasie it touched my heart in fact i could catch cold we in nigeria will miss u we love u but God loves u most .

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  9. ode

    It is a great loss to Africa, because Brenda ,s music united people across Africa.
    May her soul rest, and her spirit should live

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  10. willie bangi

    Brenda came to UGANDA two times to perform in 1997.Everybody loved her…..she had a unique vocal range +was a fabulous stage performer. This sunday on SANYU FM we’re dedicating an hour to her memory and music…..God bless u brenda…..DJ BANGI

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  11. Thepza

    I will like to say i was so sorry to hear about Brenda’s death. We will miss here goalden voice May her soul rest in peace.

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  12. Thembie in Brighton (UK)

    i can’t believe ur gone cstar, may you rest in peace and don’t u ever 4get dat u were an inspiration to me. i will always listen to ur music and thank you 4 the song (weep no more) on ur last album, ma mama really liked that song coz hey, i used to trouble her when i was young. i love u gal and be happy wherever u going. rest in peace.

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  13. Damian

    I was so shocked and could not believe it, since she recencetly visit my Country Namibia. Rest in peace.

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  14. chido

    uhambe kuhle dadewethu, hey i am so crazy about your music.rest in peace mama we sizwe u always be in our hearts.

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  15. cathrine musa

    brenda,may your soul rest in peace.you were a trully loved person.very sad to hear the news.may your son be looked after by god. you will be sadly missed by me and many others.

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  16. cathrine musa

    brenda,may your soul rest in peace.you were a trully loved person.very sad to hear the news.may your son be looked after by god. you will be sadly missed by me and many others.

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  17. HANNAH ASARE

    IM A 16 YEAR OLD TEENAGER IN LONDON. I LISTENED TO HER MUSIC JUST RECENTLY NT KNOWING THET ON TAHT DAY SHE HAD DIED OF ASTHMA.

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  18. malla

    i want to say to hear about Brendas death was a shock i couldn’t belive it but it was true.May God rest her soul and may she rest in piece. to bongani and her family my prayers are with u always.To people doing drugs out their she tried to stop but she couldn’t she new she would die if she didn’t stop and now the one thing that she so wanted to stop doing is what killed her in the end.
    Do whats best for u see Brendas death as a lesson and know that this is not what she wants for u.
    RIP MBrrrrr

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  19. OLIVIA

    TO BRENDA’S FAMILY

    I DON’T KNOW WHAT ARE WE GOING TO BE IN THE WHOLE WORLD WITHOUT YOUR MUSIC MY BRRRR,IT MEANS NOW DECEMBER TIME IT WILL BE BORING CAUSE I KNOW YOU USED TO COME WITH A HITS THAT’S SEPARATES THE YEAR AND WE REALLY ENJOY IT,ESPECIALLY US WHO ARE FAR AWAY FROM HOME.PLEASE BONGANI BE A STRONG MAN AND FOLLOW TO YOUR MUMS FOOTSTEPS AS YOU ALEADY STATED WITH YOUR UNCLE CHICCO SELLO THWALA.AND YOU SELLO PLEASE TAKE CARE OF THAT YOUNG MAN AS YOU DID TO HIS MUM.I LOVE YOU AND I WILL ALWAYS .

    OLIVIA MASANGANA FROM READING

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  20. larai yusuf

    NEVER SAY GOOD BYE TO A LADY OF THE ROCK. MAY YOUR SOUL REST IN PEACE.WE NIGERIANS THOUGHT YOU’RE COMING BACK, BUT NOT KNOWING OF YOUR APPOINTMENT WHICH THE LORD HAS FIXED SINCE BEFORE YOU CAME TO THE WORLD.

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  21. paulina

    WE AS GRIEVED AFRICANS MUST NOT FORGET THAT ONLY HER BODY HAS BEEN LAID TO REST, BUT HER SPIRIT AND THE MUSIC WILL STILL BE ALIVE AMONGST US. TO BONGANI LIVE OUT THE LIFE AT YOUR BEST LIKE YOUR MOMMY WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOU. REMEMBER THAT YOU WILL ALWAYS BY LIKE AN SHADOW OF BRENDA TO US…

    LONG LIVE THE SPIRIT OF MABRRRRR… MUSIC!

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  22. Stix Morapedi

    Rest in peace Ma Brrrr… God always takes the one we do not want taken. To Bongani, l know this is a difficult time for you and its gonna take time for you to adjust (if at all u will) But everything is in God’s hand.

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  23. Lindiwe Bafana

    SA music will never be the same without you. I will always love and play your songs especially when l’m driving. You are the best ever entertainer. my daughter doesn’t understand our language but she fell in love with you the first time she listened to your voice. Hamba kahle ntombe ndala.

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  24. joyce

    l was very angry when l heart about brendas deathits sad she was the queen of africa rest in peace you wil be remembered forever we wil play your music always lala kahle

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  25. Ella Fulgence

    I had never heard of Brenda Fassie until I was watching a documentary about her recently on “SKY”. She seemed such a strong lady and must be a tragic loss to South Africa. It immediately inspired me to go and purchase her album. I have not stopped playing since.

    All the regards to her family.

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  26. Lydia

    Dear Brenda, I first heard your song in night clubs in Papua New Guinea. Your voice so sweet and even though you have left us, your music still lives on. Thank you for the providing those beautiful songs. Rest In Peace

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  27. joyce austen

    Five years after Brender’s death i still find it difficult to overcome her demise.Am a Nigerian,one of her ardent fans and will continue to her live in my heart by playing her music.

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  28. joyce austen

    Please i need to have all her songs because i enjoy listening to her music.She lives on in my heart and her name is a household name in my family.Joyce Austen.

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