Whose Name is it Anyway?
Fans, friends and media hounds alike christened Brenda Fassie with a wealth of catchy nicknames.
"The kids call her the 'Queen of Kwaito', a pulsating pop style that exploded out of the townships in the early Nineties, that Fassie quickly adopted. Kwaito (slang for 'these guys are hot') fuses slowed American house and hip-hop, British garage and Jamaican reggae, held together with laid-back lines and percussions from traditional African chants."
- "The Madonna of the Townships", Time, December 17, 2001
"Once called the local 'Queen of Pop', the 'Girl with the Golden Voice', and South Africa's own Madonna..."
- "Down and out in Brenda's Hillbrow", Mail & Guardian, July 14-20, 1995
"Lionel Myles, a veteran broadcaster at former Radio Bop and Radio Thohoyandou, which was based in the homeland of Venda, claims that he coined the nickname 'Mbrrr' in reference to Brenda Fassie. 'Whenever Brenda Fassie performed in Thohoyandou, the diva preferred staying at his place instead of booking into a hotel.' Myles said he would refer to Fassie as Mbrrr when introducing her to the audience. 'But one day my daughter asked me when Mbrrr would be visiting us again and I thought this was the best name for Fassie. I started using the nickname even when playing her music on radio.'"
- "Mbrrr wasn't a bad girl - only human", City Press, May 23, 2004
"I'm Brenda and I know what I want. I'll remain MaBee kuyoze kuyovalwa (Forever)..."
- "The bad girl is back", The Star, February 26, 1998
"While her talent and influence were clearly visible then, it was Brenda's exploits out of the studio that earned her the title Black Madonna."
- "Our very own material girl", Citizen, October 24, 2000h