Brenda Fassie still relevant a decade after her death

By Drum Digital
10 May 2014

DRUM caught up with Bongani Madondo who has just released his book ‘I’m Not Your Weekend Special’, dedicated it to the late Brenda Fassie.

Journalist and author Bongani Madondo has just released his book ‘I’m Not Your Weekend Special’, he dedicated it to the late Brenda Fassie.

DRUM caught up with him to share some stories about Brenda.

Brenda Fassie continues to be relevant a decade after her death, why do you believe that is?

Although she also created a lot of duds and crap, history has proved that her greater Brenda Fassie songbook has the most uniquely, and enduring African pop music ever.  At her best and worst she reflects our exploited and celebrated, as well as our unfulfilled potentials.

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Why this book?

“I’m Not Your Weekend Special” is a small gesture — although critical and questioning gesture in some parts—to her spirit.

It says your work and time in this world had not gone unnoticed. You left us with tears for sure, but also a collective memory through which we can re-imagine ourselves a new as a people.

To love ourselves with all the faults and the glories that come with that. Brenda you, and your work, mattered then and you still matter now.

What is your favourite Brenda Fassie song and why?

None has a special place in my heart above others. But there’s something hauntingly evocative about Too Late For Mama and Life Is Goin’ On. -Molife Kumona

The book is available at bookstores

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