Soweto, South Africa - Republic of South Africa
FILE PHOTO OF BRENDA FASSIE.
A March 28 1999 file photo shows South African artist Brenda Fassie performing in Soweto. Fassie was the wild child of South African pop - her temper tantrums, drug abuse and sexual antics ensured she was rarely out of the tabloid gaze. Hailed by Time magazine as 'The Madonna of the Townships,' Fassie stormed into South African charts - and onto international airwaves - in 1984 with the hit 'Weekend Special'. Fassie, who died in hospital on Sunday, quickly gained renown for a savage temper and scandalous antics on and off-stage. In 2001, she preceded Janet Jackson's bare-bosom stunt when her breasts popped out a U.S. concert and an unabashed Fassie allegedly proclaimed: "This is Africa!" REUTERS/Juda Ngwenya JDP