The Newtown Junction in Johannesburg will celebrate the life and commemorate the passing of legendary South African singer, Brenda Fassie, through pictures.
The celebration will be held on Thursday, where attendants will be reading and discussing the collection of her life and times from the book I’m not your weekend special, marking 12 years after her passing.
Editor of the book, Bongani Madondo, will be reading from and interviewing contributors and other friends of ‘MaBrrr’, Alex News reported.
Another local music icon expressed his opinion of the star after her passing and said she would never be forgotten.
“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 wrote in the book’s foreword.
Madondo, the perfect candidate to edit the book of portraits on the life, style and politics of Fassie, was a senior writer at Rolling Stone magazine as the resident rock critic. He has written non-fiction pieces for numerous publications in South Africa, the UK and the US and also co-wrote the musical revue, MaBrrr: A Life.
On the special night when Newtown Junction gives thanks to the late singer, the fascinating collection on the life and times of Fassie, which includes the foreword by Masekela and contributions from people who knew Fassie in both their professional and personal capacities, will come to life through those very people.
The book was published in the year of the 10th anniversary of her death and was intended as both a tribute and to give fresh insight into Africa’s biggest-ever pop star.
The collection includes reminiscences, criticisms, elegies, essays and appreciations by friends, ex-lovers, critics, poets, academics and musicians, reflecting the endless and boundary-crossing legacy of the Weekend Special singer.
Organisers are encouraging the public to attend the event and hear stories from those who knew and loved her, and share a glass of wine and great music at the first Newtown Junction Literary Evening. Details: Newtown Junction on Facebook
On April 26, 2004, Fassie collapsed at her home in Buccleuch, Johannesburg. The postmortem revealed she had taken an overdose of cocaine, which had caused her to slip into a coma.
Former president Nelson Mandela visited Fassie in hospital, as did Thabo Mbeki. She died in hospital on May 9, 2004, aged 39.
Also read: When Brenda Fassie made Mandela dance
– Caxton News Service