Brenda Fassie

Brenda Nokuzola Fassie (3 November 1964 – 9 May 2004) was a legendary South African anti-apartheid Afropop singer nicknamed MaBrrr by her fans, she was sometimes described as the “Queen of African Pop” or the “Madonna of The Townships” or simply as The Black Madonna. Fassie was born in Langa, Cape Town where she left for Soweto, Johannesburg to pursue her dreams of being a star at the age of 18. Her father died when she was two, and with the help of her mother, a pianist, she started earning money by singing for tourists. She is known to be one of Africa’s greatest and influential singer. She died aged 39 on 9 May 2004 from an overdose of cocaine.


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