Brenda Fassie, R.I.P.
South African pop diva Brenda Fassie died a few days ago. She was 39. I wasn't a real fan, but liked her songs, from the breezy "Weekend Special" to the triumphant "Black President." The BBC article linked above gives a good sense of her volatile, self-destructive personality-- think Courtney Love. But the best piece on her is in Mark Gevisser's Portraits of Power, a decade-old yet still excellent collection of incisive profiles of South African movers and shakers. Worth getting if you can. posted by daudi • link: Friday, May 14, 2004