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New: I’m Not Your Weekend Special Edited by Bongani Madondo – A Celebration of the Late Brenda Fassie

Iâ��m Not Your Weekend SpecialOut next month from Pan Macmillan, I’m Not Your Weekend Special edited by Bongani Madondo:

“Like Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong and Miriam Makeba, Brenda’s music will always be in our lives. We will smile when we think of her. South Africa will never be the same without her.” – From the Foreword by Hugh Masekela

This is a fascinating collection on the life and times of Brenda Fassie, which includes a Foreword by Hugh Masekela and contributions from people who knew Brenda in both professional and personal capacities. It is being published in the year of the tenth anniversary of her death and is intended as both a tribute and to give fresh insight into Africa’s biggest pop star.

The collection includes reminiscences, criticism, elegies, essays and appreciation by friends, ex-lovers, critics, poets, academics and musicians, reflecting the endless and boundary-crossing legacy of Brenda Fassie.

Funny, crazy, poignant, insightful and tragic, I’m Not Your Weekend Special traces the highs and lows of Brenda Fassie’s life, celebrating the significance of this South African icon.

Contributors include: James Ainsworth; Beathur Baker; Charl Blignaut; Bongani Fassie; Themba Fassie; Andrew Herold; Bongani Madondo; Ludwe Maki; Lionel Manga; Hugh Masekela; Melvyn Matthews; Njabulo Ndebele; Duma ka-Ndlovu; Vukile Pokwana; Janet Smith; Tholang Tseka; and Oscar Tyumre among others.

About the editor

Bongani Madondo is a Senior Writer at Rolling Stone magazine, where he serves as resident rock critic. Madondo has written non-fiction pieces for numerous publications in South Africa, the UK and the USA. He also co-wrote the musical revué, Ma-Brrr: A Life. In 2009 his first book Hot Type: Icons, Artists & God-Figurines (Picador Africa) was the African recipient of the National Endowment of the Arts, making him a Fellow at the Katzen Centre of the Arts, at the American University, Washington DC.

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