It's been more than 15 years since she has passed on, but her boldness, courage and vulnerability are still remembered.
Brenda Fassie was a force – creative, iconic and a gifted singer who stole the hearts of many South Africans and fans across the world.
Her hits have acquired classic status, so one would assume a documentary based on her life would have her fans jumping to watch it. But people are torn about the Netflix documentary based on her life set to premiere in 2023.
Not many details about it have been made public yet but fans of the legend have voiced their opinions on social media since news about the documentary broke.
The singer allegedly was broke when she passed on due to her masters being owned by producer Chicco Twala, who is said to have made millions from her estate, while the family of the late MaBrr struggled financially.
As a result, some fans say they are boycotting the documentary, solely because they believe it will benefit the producer more than her family.
I hope no one will watch that Brenda Fassie doccie thats coming to Netflix until we know Bongani will get something from it. Chicco can’t forever profit from Brenda’s talent when she has a son aybo— Thembisile Q (@Thembisile_Q) May 11, 2022
A reminder that consuming Brenda Fassie’s iconic work makes Chicco Twala more rich and not Bongani Fassie.— Sgaxa Journalist (@NendSudes__) May 11, 2022
Her family can’t even do their own documentaries or movies on her because they first have to get cleared by Chicco. That is sick. I fucking hate that man.— Moe Suttle (@moe_suttle) May 12, 2022
Dear @netflix— Gijo Best (@_justbest_) May 12, 2022
If you going to air Brenda Fassie doccie you going to lose numbers that I promise you. Chicco Twala is an asshole we trying to deal with as a country and you giving him a platform that won't benefit the Fassie family is going to affect you slowly.
It's so sad that a documentary of such a legend comes out we are all not so keen to watch it— Raymond Monty Maboea ?? (@RayMaboya) May 12, 2022
We are not discounting the work Chicco did with Brenda Fassie, they were incredible
However, we also cannot be blinded to just how malevolent he was to Brenda and her family