Brenda Fassie (3 November 1964 – 9 May 2004), was a South African pop singer. She is known for her "outrageousness" and widely considered a voice for disenfranchised blacks during apartheid. She was affectionately known as the
Queen of African Pop.
Brenda was born in Langa, Cape Town as the youngest of nine children. She was named after Brenda Lee, an American country singer. Her father died when she was 2, and with the help of her mother, a pianist, she started earning money by singing for tourists. -In 1981, at the age of 16, she left Cape Town for Soweto, Johannesburg to seek her fortune as a singer. Brenda first joined the group Joy and later became the lead singer for the township pop group Brenda And The Big Dudes. She had a son, Bongani, in 1985 by a fellow Big Dudes musician. Brenda married ex-convict Nhlanhla Mbambo in 1989 but later in 1991 got divorced. It was around this time that she became addicted to cocaine and her career suffered.With very outspoken views and frequent visits to the poorer townships of Johannesburg, as well as songs about life in the townships, she enjoyed tremendous popularity. Known best for her songs "Weekend Special" and "Too Late for Mama", she was called by Time Magazine in 2001 "The Madonna of the Townships".
"As a young white boy growing up in 1980's South Africa, i found the BRENDA FASSIE "Don't Follow Me I'm Married" vinyl 7 Inch single inside the popular "TOP 40 Music Magazine". The single was a random free record (most likely overstocks from the record companies) which were sometimes included with the magazine.
In the 80's, white folks DID NOT listen to "Afro-pop".... no way! (a BIG NO! NO!)
I loved this tune! and played it LOUD, OVER & OVER on repeat for weeks (which at the time really annoyed my parents) :)
Listening to it now (24 years later) i love it just as much today as in the 80's
RETRO DISCO Hi-NRG!