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Greatest Hits

4.7 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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Format: Music CD, EMI Records. African music CD release from Brenda Fassie with the album Greatest Hits: Brenda Fassie, The Queen of African Pop 1964-2004. Released on the label EMI Records. Afircan Popular music CD. This hard to find pre-owned music CD is fully guaranteed.

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Brenda Fassie, whom Time once called "the Madonna of the Townships," was one of South Africa's most beloved pop icons. She was born in Cape Town, moving to Johannesburg's Soweto township while in her early teens. Her first solo hit, Weekend Special, was an international sensation but fame arrived before she was mature enough to handle it. Her private life was marred by drug-and-alcohol-induced problems and abusive relationships. After years of alternating obscurity and comebacks, she released Memeza (Shout), followed by a string of hit albums. It seemed that all was finally well with her but she died in May 2004 at age 39. Like Janis Joplin and Judy Garland, Fassie lived and sang hard enough for ten during her short life. Traditionalists should note that the mainstream was her habitat. But her voice was an exquisite force of nature and her songs were the soundtrack of a generation. --Christina Roden
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 30, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Narada
  • ASIN: B00067RGE0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,856 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Timothy D. Nevin on February 10, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I am a World Music DJ who specializes in African dance music. I love Brenda Fassie- her voice is amazing- and I especially like the 5 or so CD's she released just before her untimely death. This compilation has a lot of her earlier material, which in my opinion is of much inferior quality compared to her later releases- especially when it comes to pumping up the dancefloor energy. When she died, in tribute I compiled my own Best of Brenda collection, and it looks vastly different than this one.

Here is the songlist of the compilation I made which I entitled "Ascension to Ectasy" which begins with her Africa-wide (and to a lesser extent world-wide) hit Vuli Ndela. From there I move on to lesser known songs that nevertheless are real shakers on the dancefloor.

So, here is what a Best of Brenda collection SHOULD look like...

(Song titles follow, with name of album in parentheses)

1. Vuli Ndela (Memeza)

2. Duma Duma (Myekeleni)

3. Ngik' Tholile (Mina

4. Baxakekile Oxam' (Myekeleni)

5. Kesiyile Bana Baka (Myekeleni)

6. Lekwaito (Mina Nawe)

7. Monate (Amadlozi)

8. Sgubu se Zion (Myekeleni)

9. Mpundulu (Nomakanjani?)

10. Akushesh' Akusheshe (Paparazzi)

11. Thola Amadlozi (Amadlozi)

12. Nomakanjani? (Nomakanjani?)

13. Ngohlala Ngi Nje (Mina Nawe)

14. Mama, I'm Sorry (Myekeleni)

-Nuff Said.
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This album is one that keeps on giving. While working in a remote area of Sudan, we listend to this album, Miriam Makeba and Bob Marley every night. I got tired of Bob quickly, and later requested never to hear Makebas "Click Song" again, but found Brenda had a way of regenerating our tired bodies. Brenda makes you want to get up and dance. It's a great album for almost anything. I find it makes long trips completely wonderful, it is enjoyed by people at parties, and it has been a great album to introduce my young nephews to some world music (They love to wiggle to the beats!!)

The first track Vulin'dlela- has been voted song of the decade and for good reason- you hear it all over Africa- and while it really is a far cry from traditional African Music, and much closer to Mainstream Pop- it embodies the spirit of African urban life. Even if you are not a big fan of African music, this is one album that can easily fit into anyone's collection.
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"Greatest Hits" is greatest not because it's the best Brenda Fassie CD musically (it is not), but because its release is a tribute to the late Brenda Fassie, a lady full of heart with the purest, most powerful voice. Compilations can be tricky for artists who have expressed themselves in very different styles, but to remember the whole of Brenda is to include songs from her earlier pop Big Dudes days to the kwaito and later stuff. Though it's been a couple years and thousands of miles, every June 16th marking the Soweto uprisings I also remember "The Madonna of the Townships" and how she loved her country. (Bongani, all grown up, I appreciated your words on the liner notes, as I remember the days I spent with your mother when you were a baby, how she loved you so.)
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I really love South African music. Brenda fassie was a powerful pop singer and her music is uplifting and impactful. it is a pity she died young but her legacy will never die. I wish her song "wedding day" was also included in this classic CD. it makes the CD look incomplete
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By Estee on March 31, 2013
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Nice songs on this cd. It is a classis and a keeper. I love all the songs and Ialso ordered other cds from same artist. For those who like international artists...this is a good addition to your collection.
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I did not know of Brenda Fassie, "The Queen of African Pop," until I heard her just a couple of months
ago on Columbia University's, "The African Show"--WKCR. She is a marvelous singer who does pop, mbaqanga,
ballads and, even, soukous from Congo. I'm saddened by her untimely death about seven years ago.
This is a great buy and a collector's item, for sure.
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