Still not your Weekend Special

Bongani Madondo weekend special

Our Associate Editor, Mr Bongani Madondo, hosts a book reading and discussion this week, to celebrate the life of Brenda Fassie 12 years after her death.

12 years ago, Mzansi was mourning the loss of one of its most talented artists, Brenda Fassie – affectionately known as MaBrrr – who passed away on the 9th of May 2004. Her songs ‘Weekend Special’ and ‘Too Late for Mama’ together with her ungovernability, garnered her massive popularity and she is, to this day, still the reigning Queen of Afropop.

Newtown Junction Mall and Picador Africa are hosting a book reading and discussion of I’m Not Your Wekeend Special: Portraits on the Life, Style and Politics of Brenda Fassie Edited by Mr Bongani Madondo on the 5th of May to celebrate her life, 12 years on.

The book – intended as both a tribute and to give fresh insight into Africa’s biggest pop star – is an anthologised biography on the life and times of Brenda Fassie, which includes a foreword by Hugh Masekela and contributions from people who knew Brenda in both professional and personal capacities.

Published in 2014 as part of the Brenda Fassie 10 Year Legacy Celebration, it includes reminiscences, criticism, elegies, essays and appreciation by friends, ex-lovers, critics, poets, academics and musicians, reflecting the endless and boundary-crossing legacy of Brenda Fassie.

Mr Madondo will be reading from the book and interviewing contributors and other friends of MaBrrr at the very first of Newtown Junction’s Literary Evenings.

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“Brenda Fassie remains the uber healer unleashed onto the black South African pop firmament with ‘diva’-stating impact…and 12 years since she exited from this world,we are all the better for ever being touched by her flawed genius,” said Madondo.

The book will be available for sale at the event.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stand a chance of winning one of 4 signed copies of The Brenda Fassie Memorial Book I’m Not Your Weekend Special: The life, style and politics of Brenda Fassie

Please note that winners will have to collect their prize at the event.

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