Well, they all feature in just an average month in the life of troubled musician Bongani Fassie.
It was a decade ago this week since Fassie's famous mother died, and
it has emerged that the 29-year-old has resorted to carrying her ashes
around with him wherever he goes.
At one point, a promoter who has worked with Fassie told City Press that he once forgot the ashes in Cape Town.
"Brenda's ashes were left in Cape Town and had to be picked up in
Langa and transported back to Johannesburg on a special trip," said the
promoter, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Fassie has angrily denied losing the ashes, but he hasn't denied that he carries them around.
"It is false that I lost them. I'm not that careless to lose the ashes.
Like, who does that? Wow," he said.
One of Madiba's grandchildren, Ndaba Mandela, has been dragged into Fassie's strange and allegedly self-destructive orbit.
Sources close to Fassie told City Press the rapper had stayed briefly
with Mandela, but was allegedly thrown out. One source alleged that
Mandela had refused to return the ashes and some of Fassie's personal
items to his disgraced house guest.
Mandela confirmed part of the story. "He's got his mother's ashes and
yes, he did stay with me for a while but I saw him a week ago at his
place in Fourways," he said.
Adding to the drama in his life, Fassie's latest professional move - signing with record label Universal - has raised eyebrows.
In a statement sent out by Universal, the label said Fassie had
produced two albums for his former rap group, Jozi; and that Fassie has
produced tracks for will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas (BEP).
But Fassie's ex-manager, Lance Stehr of Ghetto Ruff Records, laughed this off.
He said: "Bongani did not produce the albums alone. On the second
album of Jozi, he had help from Ishmael. He did eight tracks, while Ish
Stehr also denied that Fassie had ever worked with will.i.am.
"We never did. I had organised a workshop for BEP and will.i.am on
their SA tour a couple of years ago," he explained to City Press.
"We were hoping to do a collaboration with them. When they arrived at
the workshop in Soweto, BEP’s management didn't allow BEP to play, sing
But Fassie was insistent, saying:
"I worked with will.i.am when (BEP) were in South Africa. We recorded
with the children from Soweto when I was with Jozi. The track we did
was for my personal use, it was a song that was for the children."
Stehr said BEP spent just 20 minutes at the workshop and did not record anything.
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