Legendary musician Blondie Makhene believes South Africa failed to take care of the late Brenda Fassie, among other artists.
Makhene inists that the pressures that often came with overbooking them drove musicians to substance abuse in order to cope.
“It is not easy to move from one gig to another after a performance,” he was quoted as saying by the local publication.
“You do not have time to sleep because you are constantly on the road. In some parts of the world, they ask you if you want to do the tour or not, and they give you cocaine to keep you energetic and awake.”
“We had a tough time convincing EMI executives that this was the future South African pop star [Brenda Fassie] because, quite frankly, she was lacking in the looks department,” Blondie told the Sunday Independent during an interview in 2014.
“We managed to convince the executives to pay for her dentures and my wife took care of her image and wardrobe.”