Brenda Fassie Biography, Son, Vuli Ndlela, Albums, Songs & Death

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Brenda Fassie whose full name is Brenda Nokuzola Fassie was born on the 3rd of November 1964 in Langa, Cape Town in South Africa.

Brenda Fassie Biography

She died on the 9th of May 2004. She was an anti-apartheid Afropop singer. Her musical career began at an early age since her mother was a pianist she started singing for tourist at an early age.

In 1981 at the age of 16, she joined the vocal group Joy (filling in for one of the members who was on maternity leave) and later became the lead singer for a township music group called Brenda and the Big Dudes.

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Around 1991 when she divorced her husband she became addicted to cocaine and had a setback in her career.

In 1995 she was discovered in a hotel with the body of her female lover, Poppie Sihlahla, who had died because of an apparent overdose. She underwent rehabilitation and got her career back on track.

From 1996 she released several solo albums, including Now, Is the Time, Memeza (1997), and Nomakanjani?.

Most of her albums became multi-platinum sellers in South Africa; Memeza was the best-selling album in South Africa in 1998.

Brenda Fassie Albums

  • 1987: Ag Shame Lovey
  • 1988: Umuntu Ngumuntu Ngabantu
  • 1989: Too Late for Mama
  • 1989: Brenda
  • 1990: Black President
  • 1991: I Am Not a Bad Girl
  • 1992: Yo Baby
  • 1994: Brenda Fassie
  • 1995: Mama
  • 1996: Now Is the Time
  • 1997: Memeza
  • 1997: Paparazzi
  • 1999: Nomakanjani
  • 2000: Thola Amadlozi
  • 2001: Brenda: The Greatest Hits
  • 2002: Myekeleni
  • 2003: Mali
  • 2003: The Remix Collection
  • 2004: Gimme Some Volume

Brenda Fassie Songs

  1. Vuli Ndlela
  2. Black President
  3. Nomakanjani
  4. Too Late For Mama
  5. Weekend Special
  6. Mama I’m Sorry
  7. Mpundulu
  8. Ag shame lovey
  9. Sum’ Bulala
  10. Thola Amadlozi
  11. Soon and Very Soon
  12. Nakupenda
  13. Hara Lebitla
  14. Ngiyakusaba
  15. Good Black Woman
  16. Wedding Day
  17. Touch Somebody
  18. Life is going on
  19. Boipatong
  20. Mina Ngohlala Ngi Nje
  21. Kenang Bohle
  22. Memeza
  23. Ponci Ponci
  24. Mama
  25. Qula
  26. Amagents
  27. Hamba Sathane
  28. I Straight Le Ndaba
  29. Higher & Higher
  30. Bongani
  31. Umuntu Ngumuntu Ngabantu
  32. Ngeke Umconfirm

Brenda Fassie Death

Fassie collapsed at her home in Buccleuch, Gauteng on the morning of 26 April 2004, and was admitted into a hospital in Sunninghill.

The press was informed that she had suffered cardiac arrest but later reported that she had slipped into a coma brought on by an asthma attack.

It was later revealed by post-mortem report that she had taken an overdose of cocaine on the night of her collapse, and this was the cause of her coma. She stopped breathing and suffered brain damage due to lack of oxygen.

Brenda Fassie Son

In 1985 she got a son, named Bongani Fassie, of a fellow Big Dudes musician.

Brenda Fassie Vuli Ndlela

[Verse 1]

Vul’ indlela weMaMgobhozi

He unyana wam

Helele uyashada namhlanje

Vul’ indlela wena MaNyauza

Suba nomona

Unyana wami uthathile

Bengingazi ngiyombon’ umakoti

Wonyana wam

Eh ujongile this time

MaRadebe suk’ eyingxoxweni

Uzemshadweni siyashadisa namhlanje

Bebesithi unyana wam ulisoka

Bebesithi angeke ashade

Vul’ indlela

[Verse 2]

Vul’ indlela weMaMgobhozi

He unyana wam

Helele uyashada namhlanje

Vul’indlela wena MaNyauza

Suba nomona

Unyana wami uthathile

Bengingazi ngiyombon’ umakoti

Wonyana wam

Eh ujongile this time

MaRadebe suk’ eyingxoxweni

Uzemshadweni siyashadisa namhlanje

Bebesithi unyana wam ulisoka

Bebesithi angeke ashade

[Chorus]

Vul’ indlela we MaMgobhozi

Vul’ indlela yekela umona

Vul’ indlela we MaMgobhozi

Vul’ indlela yekela umona

[Verse 3]

Kodwa wena MaNgobese

Hey unomona

Ngoba awunanyana

Unentombi zodwa

Ayoyoyo MaNgobese

Hee unomona ngoba

Hee awunaye unyana onjengowami

Bengingazi ngiyombon’ umakoti

Wonyana wam eh ujongile this time

MaRadebe suk’ eyingxoxweni

Uzemshadweni siyashadisa namhlanje

Bebesithi unyana wam ulisoka

Bebesithi angeke ashade

[Chorus]

Vul’ indlela we MaMgobhozi

Vul’ indlela yekela umona

Vul’ indlela we MaMgobhozi

Vul’ indlela yekela umona

Vul’ indlela we MaMgobhozi

Vul’ indlela yekela umona

Vul’ indlela we MaMgobhozi

Vul’ indlela yekela umona

Vul’ indlela wena MaNyauza

Suba nomona

Unyana wami uthathile

Vul’ indlela wena MaNyauza

Suba nomona

Unyana wami uthathile

Vul’ indlela we MaMgobhozi

Vul’ indlela yekela umona

Vul’ indlela we MaMgobhozi

Vul’ indlela yekela umona

Vul’ indlela we MaMgobhozi

Vul’ indlela yekela umona

Vul’ indlela we MaMgobhozi

Vul’ indlela

Brenda Fassie Nomakanjani

[Chorus]

Nomakanjani we dali wam’

Ngeke ngikushiye

Siyofa silahlane

Nomakanjani we dali wam’

Ngeke ngikushiye

Siyofa silahlane

[Verse 1]

Noma bekuthuka

Bathi awugezi

Unuk’ umlomo

Ngikuthanda unjalo

Nomakanjani

[Chorus]

Nomakanjani we dali wam’

Ngeke ngikushiye

Siyofa silahlane

Nomakanjani we dali wam’

Ngeke ngikushiye

Siyofa silahlane

[Verse 2]

Noma bengithuka

Bethi nginuk’umlomo

Ehh dali wami ungithanda kunjalo

Kunjalo kunjalo ehh kunjalo

Ungithanda kunjalo

[Bridge]

Nomakanjani nomakanjani

Nomakanjani

Sondela sthandwa sami

Sondela sweety lami

Ohh ngisho ngayo ikhanda lami el’khulu yo

[Bride 2]

Nomakanjani

Nomakanjani

Nomakanjani

Nomakanjani

[Chorus]

Nomakanjani we dali wam’

Ngeke ngikushiye

Siyofa silahlane

Nomakanjani we dali wam’

Ngeke ngikushiye

Siyofa silahlane

[Verse 3]

Noma bekuthuka

Bethi umubi

Unekhand’ elikhulu

Ngikuthanda unjalo

Noma bekuthuka

Bathi awugezi

Unuk’ umlomo

Ngikuthanda unjalo

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Brenda Fassie Too Late For Mama

[Verse 1]

Ten kilometers barefooted in the bush

Started raining on the way to fetch some water

Poor woman had a baby on her back

Was struck by lightning on her way

To fetch some water

She tried hiding under a tree to save her child

Poor woman had no place to go

Lightning caught her with her baby on her back

Friends, relatives ran for her

[Chorus]

It was too late

It was too late

Too late for mama

Oh no

[Verse 2]

Husband came running to the scene yeah

Poor man held his dead wife in his arms

Eyes full of tears, not believing the nightmare

Knelt down and prayed for this, was a painful loss

[Chorus]

It was too late

Too late for mama

Oh mama mama, oh poor mama

It was too late

Too late

[Verse 3]

She tried hiding under the tree to save her child

Poor woman had no place to hide

Lightning caught her with her baby on her back

Friends, relatives ran for her

But it was too late, too late for mama

[Chorus]

Too late

Too late for mama

Oh mama mama

Oh poor mama

It was too late

Too late

Too late for mama… oh mama

Mama with the little baby

She’s gone

She’s gone

She’s gone

Oh poor mama

It was too late

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Brenda Fassie Black President

The year 1963

The people’s president

Was taken away by security men

All dressed in a uniform

The brutality, brutality

Oh no, my, my black president

Him and his comrades

Were sentenced to isolation

For many painful years

For many painful years

Many painful years

Of hard labor

They broke rocks

But the spirit was never broken

Never broken

Oh no, my, my black president

Hmm maa, hmm maa, hmm ma mama

Hmm maa, hmm maa, hmm ma mama

Hmm maa, hmm maa, hmm ma Madiba

Hmm maa, hmm maa, hmm ma Madiba

Ahh uyem-yem

They broke rocks

But the spirit was never broken

Never broken

Oh my black president

Let us rejoice for our president

Let us sing for our president

Let us pray for our president

Let us sing, let us dance

For Madiba, Madiba’s freedom

Now in 1990

The people’s president

Came out from jail

Raised up his hand and said

“Viva, viva, my people”

He walked the long road

Back, back to freedom

Back to freedom

Freedom for my black president

Let us rejoice for our president

Let us sing for our president

Let us pray for our president

Let us sing, let us dance

For Madiba, Madiba’s freedom

We thank You Lord

For listening to our prayers

Oh, my president

I will die for my president

I will sing for my president

I will stand and say

Viva, viva, viva, viva, viva, viva my president

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