Thursday, May 8, 2014

Brenda Fassie Ten Years Later: My top FIVE favorite songs!

I absolutely cannot believe that it's been 10 years since Brenda Fassie passed away. TEN YEARS?! My goodness. I miss her voice more than ever, her music is still so timeless. The lady was clearly ahead of her time.

Let's take a stroll down memory lane as I recount five of my favorite songs(in no particular)  from MaBrrrrrr

1. Vulindela
A Southern African wedding is not complete without the DJ playing this song. It always lights up the dance floor. Such a classic!

2. Wedding Day
Speaking of weddings - this song right here is a pre-requisite at any wedding ceremony. How cute is this video? This song just doesn't get old for me.

3. Nomakanjani
Ahhh friends, this song here- I can't get enough of it. For those that may not understand the lyrics, Brenda Fassie is professing her love for her significant other (loosely translated) she sings..
"Noma bekuthuka
Bethi umubi
Ngikuthanda unjalo"
Even if they curse you
Saying you are ugly
With a big head
I love you the way you are
That's love :)

4. My Black President
She was called the "The Madonna of the Townships" by Time in 2001 so it was no surprise at all when she penned a song called "My Black President" about former South African President Nelson Mandela. They had a very close relationship such that after she overdosed (and right before she passed) - Brenda Fassie was visited in the hospital by Nelson MandelaWinnie Mandela, and Thabo Mbeki,

5. Too Late for Mama
This song used to make me cry as a child. I mean just boo-hoo when it come across my TV screen. The video portrays a woman in the village who get's struck by lightening on her way to fetch water. I mean how you can not cry? Uggh but it's a classic and I had to include it on my list. 

 So that's my list...and there are of course so many MORE classics from the Queen. What are some of your favorites?

Rest in Power MaBrrrrrrr

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