Bongani Fassie has led a remarkable, albeit often challenging life. As the son of the legendary Brenda Fassie, he has spent his life under near-constant public scrutiny. But this remarkable and strikingly humble artist has proven to be star in his own right. – Under Universal Music South Africa, Bongani has released his new album Rise.
The release of Bongani’s new album, Rise, is a continuation of the Fassie legacy and it is a double coup for Universal Music South Africa, which has acquired the entire Brenda Fassie-catalogue as well. “We are extremely proud to continue the Fassie Legacy at Universal Music South Africa,” says says Lindelani Mkhize, Universal Music South Africa’s Group Executive Director (South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa) including A & R.
Bongz, as he is affectionately referred to, inherited his mother’s talent and was exposed to a true traditional and music orientated background, ranging from Pop to Jazz, from a very young age. Bongani’s first solo effort, African Boy, at the tender age of 10, showcased this young man’s extraordinary talent, even before he reached his teens. Later on, he produced two albums with his group, JOZI which included him, Da L.E.S and Ishmael. After winning numerous awards at MTV and Channel O Awards, Bongani’s ambition eventually led him to starting his own music company, Fassie Records.
His years of work in the music industry resulted in growing into an all time multifaceted musician. The 29 year-old star is a multi-instrumentalist playing piano; drums; guitar and congas, while also being an accomplished dancer, music producer, singer and rapper.
All of the tracks on the album were written or co-written by Fassie and it features a few great collaborations with talented musicians such as Snegga, J Lawless and Pro Kid, to name just a few.