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The cover for Buhlebendalo's new album 'Chosi.'

Listen to Buhlebendalo’s Cover of Brenda Fassie’s ‘Too Late for Mama’

Buhlebendalo covers Brenda Fassie's 'Too Late for Mama' in her new album.

South African healer and musician Buhlebendalo's new album ends with a cover of late South African music legend Brenda Fassie's 1989 hit "Too Late for Mama."

The song tells the story of a woman who gets struck lightning together with her baby while she's out in the bush to fetch some water.


Brenda Fassie's vocals sound distant and echoes contributing to the intense emotion being expressed in the song. While Brenda Fassie's vocals on the original version of "Too Late for Mama" is accompanied by a dancebale instrumental, Buhlebendalo's version treats itself as a jazz piece. The beat was replayed by a band which embellishes the tune with keys and a wider bassline.

Buhlebendalo - Too late for Mama (Brenda Fassie Cover) www.youtube.com

The cover appears on Buhlebendalo's newly released debut album Chosi.

The words "Chosi" is a response to a storyteller before and after they tell a story in Xhosa, Zulu and other Nguni languages. On Chosi, Buhlebendalo tells her story, giving insights on her spiritual journey and offers her take on the human condition. The 13-track feaures artists such as Sjava, Madala Kunene and Mthetheleli Gongotha.

"Everything I'm passionate about is communicated in the lyrical content of the album but it was mostly triggered by [abuse] that women go through every day, even in the so-called safety of their own homes," Buhlebendalo told Dispatch LIVE earlier this month prior to the album's release.

Chosi is the artist's first solo album. She has been a member of the group The Soil since the early 2010s. Another member of The Soil Ntsika released his debut album last year.

Stream Chosi on Apple Music and Spotify.

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Influential Louis Vuitton And Off-White Designer Virgin Abloh, Dies at 41

The popular Ghanian-American designer had been battling a rare form of cancer in private for several years.

The fashion industry has lost a talented, unique, and boundary-pushing influence this weekend.

41-year-old Ghanianian-American designer Virgil Abloh has died after a 2 year battle with a rare form of cancer, a statement from his associates LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton said on Sunday. Abloh, founder of luxury streetwear brand Off-White, and artistic director of men's wear at French fashion house Louis Vuitton leaves his wife Shannon, and 2 children - Lowe and Grey. Chairman and CEO of LVMH Bernard Arnault said in a statement, "We are all shocked after this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom." "The LVMH family joins me in this moment of great sorrow, and we are all thinking of his loved ones after the passing of their husband, their father, their brother, or their friend," he added.

After the news broke on Sunday, Abloh started trending on Twitter, with fans of the designer remembering his influence on music, art, and fashion. The 1990s saw Abloh DJ and the creative director once told The Guardian in a 2016 interview, "When the phone is off, I play my favorite songs really loud for myself, and I'm not talking to anyone. I'm not managing anything. It's just like a time when I can listen to music… I'll be DJing after I'm done designing or doing anything else." Virgil got his hands into designing album artworks after strumming up a friendship with American rapper Kanye West before becoming the creative director of West's DONDA Creative House. More recently known for his creative streetwear brand 'Off-White' the designer became popular among fashion-conscious youngsters and will forever be immortalized.

A statement posted to Abloh's Instagram explained that "Virgil chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art, and culture"

Friends, fans, and colleagues took to social media to share their well-wishes for Virgil as he transitions to his next destination.



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