Today we celebrate the birth of one of South Africa’s most talented musicians, the legendary Brenda Fassie


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Today we celebrate the birth of one of South Africa‘s most talented musicians, the legendary Brenda Fassie, born on this day in 1964.

Brenda who is considered to be among the country’s finest singers was born in 1964 in Langa, a township near Cape Town.

Popularly called MaBrrr by her legion of fans, and often described as the “Queen of African Pop” Brenda is undoubtedly one of the finest voices the world of song has ever heard, and she surely ranks among the most popular artists in South Africa’s music history.

Fassie started her musical career in the early 1980s, and as a teenager she was part of various musical acts. She made her first recording in 1983 with the hit single “Weekend Special”. Through the years Brenda went on to work with various South African and African artists on successful musical.

Brenda was a critic of the apartheid regime and she dedicated her life through her music to fighting poverty rampant in townships, inequality, and injustice.

In 1999 MaBrrr received a Kora award for the best female artist and she also received various awards from the South African Music Awards for her musical accomplishments (inaugural 1995, and 1999 Best Female Award), and remarkable contribution to the South African music industry. Brenda was voted 17th in the Top 100 Great South Africans.

She passed away on 9 May 2004.

We celebrate the life of the doyenne of South African music. Her voice lives with us every day.

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