WOMEN’S MONTH POST: Ten Years On: Remembering Brenda Fassie.
The Brenda Fassie sculpture, created by artist Angus Taylor, is a 1570-metre life-size bronze that stands outside the Bassline music venue.
It was installed in March 2006 and was the first of 40 sculptures commissioned by the Sunday Times newspaper in celebration of its 100th birthday. The sculpture features Brenda sitting on a stool behind a microphone standing on the ground. The text superimposed on Fassie’s body is made up of quotes by the artist on her relationship with the media. The empty stool by her side invites passers-by to take their seat next to this music legend.
This black plaque, one of which appears at the base of each sculpture belonging to the Sunday Times heritage project, provides a brief summary of Brenda Fassie’s life. It reads: “Brenda Fassie, known as the Madonna of the townships, was one of Africa’s biggest home-grown stars, South Africa’s top-selling local artist and what her record company EMI called ‘a once-in-a-generation artist, a true idol’. But for most she was MaBrrr or simply Brenda, a phenomenon like no other. As Brenda once said while talking to fans on Umhlobo Wenene FM, ‘I will always be this way.’”
To find out more about this story go to www.sundaytimes.co.za/heritage