Brenda Fassie Quotes That Will Always Be Remembered

I’ve compiled some of the most memorable Brenda Fassie quotes.

Brenda Nokuzola Fassie was born on November 3, 1964, and died on May 9, 2004. She was a singer, songwriter, dancer, and activist from South Africa. She is often referred to as the “Queen of African Pop,” the “Madonna of The Townships,” or simply The Black Madonna. 

Fassie left Cape Town at the age of 16 to pursue a career as a musician in Soweto, Johannesburg. She began her career with the singing group Joy, standing in for a member who was on maternity leave, and then became the main vocalist for a township music group named Brenda and the Big Dudes.

She was really popular. She also used her songs to protest South Africa’s apartheid government. In 1989, she released the song “Black President” as a tribute to Nelson Mandela a political prisoner who subsequently became South Africa’s first black president. She is well known for the songs “Weekend Special” and “Too Late for Mama.”

Fassie’s career suffered when she became addicted to cocaine in the early 1990s. She received rehabilitation and re-established her career. She did, however, continue to have drug issues and had been to drug rehabilitation facilities around 30 times throughout her life.

Fassie released a number of solo albums, the majority of which achieved multi-platinum status in South Africa. Her 1997 album “Memeza” was the best-selling album in South Africa in 1998.

Fassie collapsed at her home on April 26, 2004, and was taken to the hospital. The press were initially told she had suffered cardiac arrest, but it was later revealed that she had gone into a coma as a result of an asthma attack. However, the post-mortem report revealed that she had overdosed on cocaine the night before her collapse, which caused her coma. She stopped breathing and suffered brain damage as a result of the lack of oxygen.

She died on May 9, 2004, at the age of 39, at a hospital after her life support machines were switched off.

13 Brenda Fassie Quotes

  1. “I’m a shocker. I like to create controversy. It’s my trademark.”

2. “You know, the more I appear in newspapers, the more famous I become.”

3. “I’m going to become the Pope next year. Nothing is impossible.”

4. “Stars talk about how they dislike fans fussing over them, begging for autographs and things like that, but deep down inside, they love every minute of it.”

5. “I am angry about the world’s conditions for black people.”

6. “I’m so good and so loving that men don’t believe it.”

7. “I’d rather have happiness than money. People ask for it. Sometimes when I don’t have it. I make other people’s problems my problem because they want me to; they ask me to.”

8. “I am proud to be an African.”

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9. “16-year-old kids protesting they want freedom, Black children crying saying give us better education, Good white man say, give them good education, The bad white man say, shoot them before they grow.”

10. “Life is going on, but it’s up to me and you, What we gonna do.”

 11. “I’m so good and so loving that men don’t believe it.”

12. “No way, I’m not going to start justifying my character. The way I am is the way I am, if I want to do anything with anyone that’s nobody’s business, mina I do anything I want to do.”

13. “I’ve never dreamt that I’d become what I am today, I’ve just always believed that I would be what I am today. And still I’m not satisfied of who I am today, people know me in South Africa but I want to explore and be known by everybody out there.”

My favorite Brenda Fassie quotes are, “I am proud to be an African.” and “I am angry about the world’s conditions for black people.”

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