Throwback Thursday! Vulindlela by late Brenda Fassie of South Africa
She was called MaBrrr by her fans and was sometimes described as the “Queen of African Pop”, the “Madonna of The Townships” or simply as “The Black Madonna”. Brenda Nokuzola Fassie was born in Langa, Cape Town on the 3rd of November 1964 as the last of nine children. She was named after American singer Brenda Lee. Her father died when she was two, and with the help of her mother, a pianist, she started earning money by singing for tourists.
When she was 16 years old in 1981, she received a visit by Koloi Lebona. As a result, she left Cape Town for Soweto, Johannesburg, to seek her fortune as a singer. Fassie first 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.
Known best for her songs Weekend Special and Too Late for Mama, she was dubbed “The Madonna of the Townships” by Time magazine in 2001.
Vulindlela sets against a decidedly danceable synth background, the song epitomises the township sound of the late 90s. One does not need to understand the words to be moved by the song. The song Vulindlela is widely appreciated around the globe. A month after Brenda’s death on 26 April 2004, the song was voted Song of the Decade at the South African Music Awards.
The song is no doubt danceable and it is different from the rest. It is definitely going to be on the lips of so many Africans for a long time.
Just in case you have heard but not see the video of the song, watch here on Sidomex: