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Remembering Brenda Fassie Ten Years Later: Why I love ‘Weekend Special’ so much.

Swedish artist Robyn, one of my favourite performers, once said something to the effect of loving sad love songs that you could both dance to and lose yourself in. Weekend Special, one of the most iconic African pop songs of all time, is most certainly a high ranking tune in that category.

Listening to Brenda Fassie's groovy 80s breakout hit track, watching her get down in her glamourous gear, you'd hardly think this song was about a person painfully acknowledging their side-partner status in a relationship now void of any love. As a kid, I was certainly clueless as to the sentiments expressed in the song. But the one thing I could vouch for, both then and now, is the timlessness of Brenda's voice. During part of my upbringing in Nairobi, Kenya, I remember hearing Brenda's Weekend Special and Yvone Chaka Chaka’s Umqombothi and Thank You Mr. DJso often on the radio that I believed them to be released in the 90s and not the 80s.

Generations of people from all over the continent can identify with at least one of Brenda Fassie’s songs, or name a period in their lives where one of her tracks dominated the airwaves where they lived at the time.

Weekend Special was the start of Brenda Fassie’s fame, and what an amazing debut it was.

RIP Mabrr (3 November 1964 – 9 May 2004).

NEW MUSIC: Nozinja - Tsekeleke.

South Africa Shangaan electro pioneer Nozinja recently signed to Warp Records. This video and his single marks his first release with the label, ahead of his European tour dates.

Shot in Johannesburg, South Africa, some distance from his home province of Limpopo, under the direction of Chris Saunders, Nozinja stays true to his roots showing no departure from the sound, visual and traditional culture that got him to where he is.

More African music.

WOMEN’S MONTH MUSIC: South African singer Zahara pays tribute to the late and great Mabrrrr by singing one of Brenda Fassie’s most popular hits Vulindlela, live at carnival city.

Yoooooo! This performance is awesome! Zahara really does Brenda justice.

AUGUST: Celebrating African Women

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Liquideep,
Welcome Aboard


AFTERNOON TUNE: Liquideep - Welcome Aboard

The sound of the latest single and title track off South African house music crooners Liquideep’s sophomore albumWelcome Aboard blends their trademark smooth r&b approach with a deeper and more sensual soul-house melody than their early material.

Listening to this song, it’s hard not to feel hypnotized by the synchronicity of Ziyon’s silky vocals and the trance-like repetitive cadence that accompanies it.

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Brenda Fassie

BRENDA FASSIE - NOMAKANJANI

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MORNING SONG: Lulo Cafe ft Nothende - I Wanna Love You

AFTERNOON TUNE: iFani - Shake

Highly animated dapper SA rapper iFani’s party anthem tune that only asks one thing of you.

Listen to his hit track ‘Ewe’.

More African music.

ON REPEAT: DJ Ganyani ft FB - Xigubu

FB’s singing style in this song almost had me thinking Busiswa was responsible for the vocals in this track but nevertheless, between this awesome music video and the addictive refrain, this track once again proves that DJ Ganyani is one of the best SA house DJs out there.

Listen to his track ‘Be There’.

More African music.

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Brenda Fassie

TODAY’S CLASSIC TUNE: Brenda Fassie - Good Black Woman

Early on Monday morning police arrest my brother
for working, for a black community
Monday afternoon
went to see my brother
Policeman treated me like a donkey
I said to policeman,
You’ve got a bad attitude,
Oh no, I’m no criminal
I’m a good black woman 

The Brenda Fassie documentary I watched this past week has left me with an even deeper appreciation for Mabrr. Going to be watching it again tonight, only wish I knew how to transfer it from a DVR recording to my computer to give the rest of you, who are interested in seeing it, access to it.

For now, you can enjoy more Brenda Fassie here.

More African Music.

EVENING CLASSIC TUNE: Brenda Fassie - Istraight Lendaba

Powerful 1993 song from the late and legendary Brenda Fassie, a song about a woman who knows what she wants, or doesn’t want rather, and holds on to her right to refuse a man’s advances.

Correct me if I’m wrong, please.

AFTERNOON TUNE: Dj Ganyani Ft Mlu & Big Nuz - Be There

Great SA house tune, but what’s new there?

Legendary jazz/afrobeat horn player Hugh Masakela is currently on a North American tour in support of his most recent album, 2012’s Jabulani. That tour comes to the NYC-area this month for shows at Tarrytown Music Hall on April 17, Wesleyan University’s Crowell Concert Hall on April 19, and Pace University’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts on April 20. The Wesleyan show is sold out but tickets for Tarrytown and the Pace show are on sale now.
All dates are listed below:

4/6 Rialto Center for the Arts Atlanta, GA 4/7 North Carolina Blumenthall Performing Arts Center Charlotte, NC 4/8 Outreach Charlotte NC 4/9 Weis Performing Arts Center Lewisburg, PA 4/12 Lisner Auditorium Washington, DC 4/13 Carolina Theatre of Durham Durham, NC 4/14 Zellerbach theatre Philadelphia, PA 4/17 Tarrytown Music Hall Tarrytown, NY 4/18 Capitol Center for the Arts Concord, NH 4/19 Crowell Concert Hall Middletown, CT 4/20 Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts New York, NY 4/21 Berklee Performance Center Boston, MA 4/23 Jack Singer Concert Hall Calgary, AB 4/25 Winspear Centre Edmonton, AB 4/26 Carriage House/Montalvo Ctr Saratoga, CA 4/27 Marin Center San Rafael, CA

Watch the video for “Sossie/Makoti" from Jabulani.
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Legendary jazz/afrobeat horn player Hugh Masakela is currently on a North American tour in support of his most recent album, 2012’s Jabulani. That tour comes to the NYC-area this month for shows at Tarrytown Music Hall on April 17, Wesleyan University’s Crowell Concert Hall on April 19, and Pace University’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts on April 20. The Wesleyan show is sold out but tickets for Tarrytown and the Pace show are on sale now.

All dates are listed below:

4/6 Rialto Center for the Arts Atlanta, GA
4/7 North Carolina Blumenthall Performing Arts Center Charlotte, NC
4/8 Outreach Charlotte NC
4/9 Weis Performing Arts Center Lewisburg, PA
4/12 Lisner Auditorium Washington, DC
4/13 Carolina Theatre of Durham Durham, NC
4/14 Zellerbach theatre Philadelphia, PA
4/17 Tarrytown Music Hall Tarrytown, NY
4/18 Capitol Center for the Arts Concord, NH
4/19 Crowell Concert Hall Middletown, CT
4/20 Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts New York, NY
4/21 Berklee Performance Center Boston, MA
4/23 Jack Singer Concert Hall Calgary, AB
4/25 Winspear Centre Edmonton, AB
4/26 Carriage House/Montalvo Ctr Saratoga, CA
4/27 Marin Center San Rafael, CA

Watch the video for “Sossie/Makoti" from Jabulani.

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AFTERNOON TUNE: The brand new song and video from South Africa’s top house trio Mi Casa, ‘All the Glory’ takes on a religious theme, showing the diversity of various beliefs in the country through individuals that represent these faiths.

MORNING SONG: Thandiswa - Ingoma

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MY OFFICIAL WOMEN’S DAY ANTHEM: Dj Zinhle ft Busiswa - My Name Is