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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.

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The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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