Tweets abound on who must play MaBrrr role

Movie on Ma Brrr will have an all-South African cast and pro­duced with her son Bongani Fassie


TWIT­TER na­tion wants Brenda Ngx­oli to play the role of the late mu­si­cian Brenda Fassie in an up­com­ing biopic based on her life.

This is fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment by UK-based film and tele­vi­sion pro­duc­tion com­pany Show­bizbee that it had ac­quired the rights to film the story of late South African mu­si­cian Brenda Fassie, af­fec­tion­ately called MaBrrr by her fans.

The com­pany said that the film would be writ­ten and di­rected by Ed­ward Shaw with a script based on a story by her son Bongani. It is set to be re­leased this year.

Sub­se­quent to the an­nounce­ment, many tweeps took to the plat­form to share a list of SA ac­tresses who would be per­fect for the role. And many, in­clud­ing celebri­ties agreed Ngx­oli would “nail” it.

In a state­ment, Show­bizee said: “Brenda, a pe­riod com­edy-drama, fol­lows a young Brenda Fassie whose de­ter­mi­na­tion to be­come a singer, fol­lows her jour­ney from Langa, Cape Town, to Soweto, Johannesburg, which cat­a­pults her into star­dom be­com­ing South Africa’s most iconic en­ter­tainer, along with be­com­ing a mother.”

By the end of yes­ter­day, Twit­ter had al­ready made a list of ac­tresses which in­cluded: No­muzi Mabena, Tina Jaxa, Manaka Ranaka and Soso Rungqu.

An­other lady who might land her­self the role is Twit­ter user @ sis­mabrrr Batha­bile Ngubeni, who looks ex­actly like the late mu­si­cian.

@Black­BrainSA wrote: “Couldn’t agree more that @Ngx­oli should play #Bren­daFassie , there is no bet­ter Brenda that can play Brenda”, while @Clown17­muncher said: “Soso = Morongwa would do a Great job she’s a good ac­tress so she should be the one play­ing Brenda.”

“If it’s not @soso­van­deru , Brenda Ngx­oli or Tina (singer), then you might as well get an Amer­i­can to play #Bren­daFassie,” wrote @JustCu­ri­ousZA.

THE cast for an up­com­ing film about Brenda Fassie will be en­tirely South African. This was an­nounced yes­ter­day by Lon­don based film and tele­vi­sion pro­duc­tion com­pany Show­bizbee, that will be bring­ing the film to life.

Ti­tled Brenda: The True Story, the pro­duc­tion team will part­ner with the Brenda Fassie Es­tate and Le­gaci Nova to see the movie through.

“Cast­ing for Brenda Fassie will be fa­cil­i­tated by a na­tional open cast­ing process. Show­bizbee will be an­nounc­ing shortly on how to ap­ply.

“This role will be open for au­di­tions across South Africa. This ini­tia­tive, es­sen­tially, will give the op­por­tu­nity for any fe­male across the coun­try to ap­ply for this chal­leng­ing and hon­ourable role for the movie,” com­pany rep­re­sen­ta­tives said.

Show­bizbee said it ac­quired the rights to film the story that will be writ­ten and di­rected by Ed­ward W Shaw with a script based on a story by Fassie’s son, Bongani.

The movie will be a com­edy-drama that fol­lows a young Brenda Fassie who is de­ter­mined to be­come a singer.

“It fol­lows her jour­ney from Langa, Cape Town, to Soweto up un­til her rise to star­dom and be­com­ing an iconic mu­si­cian.

“Bri­tish di­rec­tor and pro­ducer Ed­ward W Shaw is fond of Ms Fassie’s mu­sic. He is also at­tracted to her coura­geous mind­set and her love of life. He will bring the real story of Brenda to the sil­ver screen work­ing very closely with Bongani Fassie. Brenda will be an epic roller coaster movie which will sur­prise the au­di­ence,” said Show­bizbee’s Pamela Naidoo.

Bongani said he was ex­cited to be part of the process.

“I am par­tic­u­larly ea­ger to par­tic­i­pate in the pro­duc­tion (as co-ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer) so that the real story of my mom comes alive to the peo­ple of South Africa and the world.

Le­gaci Nova, the en­ter­tain­ment group be­hind some of the best sell­ing artists in the coun­try, said it was ec­static that the iconic brand of Brenda Fassie was be­ing cel­e­brated.

“Her life was the epit­ome of a su­per­star who had worked her en­tire life cre­at­ing mu­sic to be en­joyed for­ever. This movie is a huge step in the right di­rec­tion for the African arts in­dus­try.

“We are highly en­thused to have part­nered with Ed­ward W Shaw and team.”

Show­bizbee was pre­vi­ously in­volved in the SA pro­duc­tion of Ubuntu, a drama fea­ture of Roelf Meyer and Cyril Ramaphosa dur­ing the Codesa process.

The movie will be filmed on lo­ca­tion in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Pro­duc­tion will be­gin next month and the movie is set for re­lease later in the year.

Twit­terati sug­gest Brenda Ngx­oli, Tina Jaxa or Soso Rungqu should por­tray the role of late mu­si­cian Brenda Fassie in an up­com­ing biopic about her life.


A film on the life of Brenda Fassie, the iconic song­bird, is in the works.

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