Brenda Nokuzola Fassie was a South African singer, songwriter, dancer and activist. Affectionately called MaBrrr by her fans, she is the "Queen of African Pop", the "Madonna of The Townships" or simply as The Black Madonna. Her bold stage antics. Brenda Nokuzola Fassie (3 November – 9 May ) was a South African singer, songwriter, dancer and activist. Affectionately called MaBrrr by her fans. Brenda Nokuzola Fassie was born on 3rd of November in Langa, a township near Cape Town. She was named after the American country singer Brenda Lee. Brenda Fassie, the wild child of South African pop who was beloved as the piercing siren of the dispossessed under apartheid, died on May 9. Brenda Fassie was born on November 3, in Cape Town and named after the singer Brenda Lee. As a toddler she began earning money singing for tourists and. Named for American pop singer Brenda Lee, South African vocalist Brenda Fassie (born ) seemed preordained for stardom, performing as a child in Cape. Known as the "Queen of the Vocals" and dubbed the "Madonna of the Townships" by Time Magazine, Brenda Fassie was one of South Africa's most popular. Brenda Fassie (born November 3, , Langa, Cape Town – died May 9, ) was a South African anti-apartheid Afropop singer. Introduction to Brenda Fassie (). FREE PREVIEW. Beginning as a child street musician in Cape Town, the South African pop singer's mix of soul, disco and. Brenda Fassie, who has died aged 39, was South Africa's first black pop star, selling millions of albums during a two-decade career.