Brenda Fassie was a true original. There was nobody else like her. As producer Koloi Lebona says: "In terms of uniqueness of voice, that fresh approach to her songs, there was no one like Brenda."
"'When we recall the body of her creative work, two things stand out. The first is the gift she had - her beautiful voice. The second is her authenticity. Brenda never was and never sought to be a poor carbon copy of some imported America singer. She sang as a uniquely South African original, a Cape Town original, a 'Langa original,' said Z Pallo Jordan, Minister of Arts and Culture, paying tribute to Brenda Fassie at her funeral."
- "Brenda Fassie, South African original", This Day, May 25, 2004
"Ouke Nohe, one of the many of Brenda Fassie's fans remarked: '[Brenda] Fassie ... represent[ed] a symbol of originality. She played real music... not the kind that you make on a computer. That's rare today and that contribute[d] to her character as an African legend.'"
- "Fassie lingers as family and fans reminisce", This Day, May 7, 2004
"The most outstanding memory I have of Mbrrr was when I woke up in the middle of the night when we did Baxakekile oxam - one of the tracks on the record-breaking album Memeza. I was toying around with this sound in my head when I thought of her. I immediately got into my car and raced to her house. She was still lying in bed when I played the music. In a minute, she had picked up the melody and started singing with her own lyrics nogal. Such talented people don't come easy. She was gold." - Sello "Chicco" Twala's best memories about Brenda Fassie
- "How I battled to keep Brenda safe", Star, May 11, 2004
"There were lot of good singers around, but in terms of uniqueness of voice, that fresh approach to her songs, there was no one like Brenda." - Koloi Lebona on Brenda Fassie
- "That voice sent goose pimples down my spine", This Day, May 11, 2004