Thanks to the wonders of modern technology,South Africa’s queen of pop, who died in May 2004 from a drug overdose, will come to life embodied by an actress singing two of her most popular hits in a ten-minute video.
The hologram will make it appear as though a life-size Brenda is performing, singing the famous tracks along with her son, artist and producer Bongani Fassie who says, “It has been a dream of mine to perform with my mother again.”
A 45-minute tribute to Fassie, dubbed the ‘Madonna of the townships’ by Time Magazine in 2001, will be performed by Bongani Fassie, Kelly Khumalo and The Soil.
Other artists who will be honoured with tribute performances include the late Lebo Mathosa, performed by Zaki Ibrahim, and Sipho Hotstix Mabuse, who will be honoured by Spoek Mathambo.
A special kwaito tribute will be performed by Arthur, Mdu, Thebe and Spikiri, including many of their own hits. They will be joined by one of the biggest South African hip-hop acts, award-winning rapper Khuli Chana
The 10-hour festival held in theNewtonprecinct sees entertainment on four different stages featuring genres including hip hop, Kwaito and a Sophiatown tribute seeks to celebrateSouth Africa’s musical legends from the past, present and future in one venue.