Monday, 9 May 2016

I'm Not Your Weekend Special: A book About The Life And Times Of The Legendary Brenda Fassie

By Stella WaAfrika



Monday 9th marks the 12th death anniversary of legendary South African artist and Queen of African Pop, Brenda Fassie.

Editor Bongani Madondo penned down a book about Mabrrr as she was affectionately known to her fans. Titled I'm Not Your Weekend Special, the book celebrates the life and times of the music icon and captures the highs and lows, how her work impacted the culture of music in South Africa and beyond.

The book is a collection of essays by Madondo and other people who had the opportunity of knowing the legendary artist;  one of them being her niece, Mpho Lebona who shares her aunt's rebellious nature as well as Fassie's former boyfriend and backup dancer, Ludwe Maki who zooms in on their seven-year relationship as well as commentary from fellow music legend, bra Hugh Masekela. Madondo also held a panel discussion on the late singer's legacy.

"Like Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong and Miriam Makeba, Brenda’s music will always be in our lives. We will smile when we think of her. South Africa will never be the same without her." -  Hugh Masekela

Other contributors include: James Ainsworth,  Beathur Baker, Charl Blignaut,  Bongani Fassie, Themba Fassie, Andrew Herold,  Ludwe Maki, Lionel Manga, Melvyn Matthews, Njabulo Ndebele, Duma ka-Ndlovu, Vukile Pokwana, Janet Smith, Tholang Tseka and Oscar Tyumre. 

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