Saturday, January 2, 2010

Brenda Fassie-Vul’indlela and Nomakanjani

Happy New Year everyone! It’s 2010, and it’s a big year, especially for me and the Mooman. Graduation is looming in a couple of months (and thesisssss), and that we’ll be entering the real world and all that, but to celebrate four great years at CMC, we’re planning a celebration of epic proportions. You are all welcome, clearly. Moose and I, along with infrequent contributor Amitch along with one of my best buddies Kai, are getting to South Africa one way or another. Plane and match tickets are still up in the air at this point, but that’s not the point. The point is, we’re going…

To celebrate our trip, I bring to you a little musical taste of South Africa. We already brought you the modern rhythms of Goldfish, but now we bring you something with a little more African flavor. Brenda Fassie, until her untimely death in 2004, was the face of South African music. And like South Africa itself, she lived a turbulent life. Perhaps most famous for her song "Black President" about Mandela, Brenda was accused of losing her roots for a while, preferring a jet setting lifestyle fueled by drug use and singing mainly in English. Late in her too-short career, she returned to her native tongue, and returned to making hits, including these two. Vul’indlela and Nomakanjani are my personal favorites, and every time I listen to them, I can’t help but get insanely pumped for the Cup. So get up, get your African boogie on, and get ready. 2010’s going to be a great year. 

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