DRUM declares May 2-10 Brenda Fassie week

By Drum Digital
30 April 2014

DRUM Magazine is officially launching a Brenda Fassie week from 4 May to 10 May.

It’s been a decade since South Africa lost one of its most loved music icons Brenda Fassie.

DRUM Magazine is officially launching a Brenda Fassie week from 2 May to 10 May.

Mabrr or “Queen of Afro-pop” as she was known would have celebrated her 50th birthday on 3 November this year.

Her illustrious career spanned for over 20 years with numerous number one hits, awards and accolades.

DRUM editor Makhosazana Zwane- Siguqa says a Brenda tribute is befitting as the magazine followed her colourful career from the start until her untimely death.

“Brenda is undoubtedly one of our legends in South Africa and beyond. More than 30 years after her career began and even after her passing, she’s still relevant. She embodied what it meant to be a celebrity. Her humility was just exceptional.  Whether with presidents or the homeless on the streets Brenda was always Mabrrr. We miss that about her. Today very few celebrities and stars have her star quality and uniqueness,” she says.

Brenda succumbed to her died on 9 May 2004, at the Sunninghill Hospital.

She had been in a coma at the hospital since her admission on April 26 after suffering an asthma attack which led to cardio-respiratory arrest.

Everybody has their own favourite Brenda song; “my favourite songs from Brenda are Too Late For Mama and My Black President,” shares Makhosazana.

-Molife Kumona

Don’t forget to read the touching tributes in this week’s issue of DRUM – 8 May, 2014.

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