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A Brenda Fassie Biopic Is In The Works, And The Cast Will Be 100% South African

And her son will be the executive producer.

A movie depicting the life of late South African pop icon Brenda Fassie is in the works, and will hit cinemas either later this year or in 2019.


Her son, the producer, rapper and singer Bongani Fassie, will be the executive producer of the flick. He revealed in an interview with Radio 702 that the movie's cast will be 100% South African.

This is great news, considering a large number of South African biopics are played by Hollywood stars, who butcher our languages and just don't fit in. Great examples will be Nelson Mandela being played by Terrence Howard, Morgan Freeman and Idris Elba in three different movies.

Fassie went on to mention that the film, which will be shot in both Joburg and Cape Town, will be authentic as he will tell the story from his perspective.

"Throughout my entire life," he said, "I haven't had the chance to tell the story, the story hasn't been told through the son's eyes. So, as an executive producer, it's an opportunity to tell the story as I know it, as I lived it."

Ever since the announcement of the upcoming film, South Africans have been debating on which actress can perfectly portray the pop icon, and consensus favors the versatile Brenda Ngxoli.


Revisit our list of Brenda Fassie's 10 best songs, here.

Music

Listen to Femi Kuti's New Song 'As We Struggle Everyday'

Femi explains: "'As We Struggle Everyday' is about how hard people work everyday to make ends meet and still go to vote corrupt politicians into power who are meant to be in jail."

Femi Kuti shares his new single, "As We Struggle Everyday," the latest drop from the upcoming double album Legacy +, a joint endeavor with his son Made Kuti.

"As We Struggle Everyday" is a politically-charged afrobeat tune about people having the voting power to hold their 'leaders' accountable, but often failing to do so. Throughout the song, Femi sings "As we struggle everyday We try to find a better way See these leaders wey suppose jail Na him my people dem dey hail."

Femi explains: "'As We Struggle Everyday' is about how hard people work everyday to make ends meet and still go to vote corrupt politicians into power who are meant to be in jail."

Legacy +, which is due out February 5 from Partisan Records, includes a full album by Femi titled Stop The Hate and an album by his son, Made, titled For(e)ward. The pair have previously shared the singles "Pà Pá Pà" and "Your Enemy" off the upcoming release.

Listen to Femi Kuti's "As We Struggle Everyday" below.

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