"I am a survivor" - Bongani Fassie

By Drum Digital
26 April 2012

A white pimped-out hummer with tinted windows and fancy silver rims docks at Bliss Lifestyle Lounge on the bustling 44 Stanley in Milpark, Joburg.

Clad in jeans, a padded navy jacket and high-tops, the young man who steps out of the car has all the swag necessary for a part in an American hip-hop video.

It’s Bongani Fassie (27), the son of the late Brenda Fassie, and he comes across as surprisingly shy and reserved – nothing like his queen-of-pop mother who always spoke her mind and was the centre of attention wherever she went.

Bongani is over an hour late but he apologises humbly. “i am truly sorry that I’m late, man – I had things to handle.

Running a business is not an easy job,” he says about his company, Fassie Records. He’s not flying solo today and is accompanied by his girlfriend and his producer, Super S.

Bongani’s girlfriend, whose name he is reluctant to divulge, looks dazzling in an animal-print top and skinny jeans which show off an unmistakable baby bump.

He confirms his girlfriend of more than three years is pregnant. But unlike his mother, Bongani doesn’t want to live his life in the public eye.

“I don’t like discussing my personal life in the media. All I can say is I’m extremely happy and my love life is great,” he says.

When our waiter arrives Bongani and his entourage order a sushi platter and colourful cocktails.

He is the picture of a confident young businessman today and it’s hard to believe this is the same guy who experienced a rough patch that tested his character after his mother passed away in 2004.

READ MORE IN DRUM MAGAZINE 3 MAY 2012

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