CD Greatest Hits [Brenda/Brenda Fassie] [CD] [1 disc] (CD 945546),
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Greatest Hits [Brenda/Brenda Fassie] [CD] [1 disc]

  • 1. Vul'indlela
    2. Weekend Special
    3. Nomakanjani
    4. No No No Senor
    5. I Straight Lendaba
    6. Higher & Higher
    7. Too Late for Mama
    8. Boipatong
    9. Sum'bulala
    10. Black President
    11. Thola Madlozi
    12. Ngeke Umconfirm
    13. Promises
    14. Zola Budd
    15. Amalahle
    16. Umuntu Ngumuntu Ngabantu
    17. Touch Somebody
    18. Amagents
    19. It's Nice to Be With People
    20. Kuyoze Kuyovalwa
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 75547

  • Credits
    ProducerNeal Snyman; Maiko Watson; Sello "Chicco" Twala

    Author: Bongani Fassie.
    Brenda Fassie's best-known song is the Afro-pop R&B crossover "Weekend Special," which introduced her strong voice and polished productions to the world outside of her South African home. It wasn't an overnight success, though. "Weekend Special" was recorded in 1983 and slowly gained momentum until it finally snuck into the Billboard charts in 1986, opening doors to world tours and a seat among the elite of Afro-pop. Along with other tracks from her original rise to Afro-pop fame like "No No No Senor" and "Higher & Higher," "Weekend Special" was almost indistinguishable from other pop-soul of the era, much more Whitney Houston than Miriam Makeba. The highlights of this greatest-hits collection, and Fassie's career as a whole, are the high-tech kwaito fusions of South African vocals with studio-crisp worldbeat bump heard on '90s comeback tracks like "Vul'indlela," "Nomakanjani," and "Thola Madlozi." Here was a singer, matured by her previous ride on the pop music roller coaster as well as her well-publicized hardships, who bounced back with music bursting with a warmth and vitality both traditional and modern. A balanced collection that provides ample evidence of why Brenda Fassie was called the Queen of African Pop. ~ Wade Kergan

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