Brenda and the Big Dudes

Brenda and the Big Dudes was a South African recording group formed in 1983. The group's classic line up included Brenda Fassie (Vocals), Desmond Malotana (Keyboards), Dumisane Ngubeni (Keyboards), Job "Fats" Mlangeni (Drums), David Mabaso (Bass) and Rufus Klaas (Guitar).[1] The group rose to fame after the release of their debut maxi-single Weekend Special in 1983. The single became the best selling record in South Africa with sales of over 200,000 copies. The group was initially a backing band for another popular South African duo Blondie & Pappa until a young Brenda Fassie was brought in as a lead singer. The group would also gain international prominence after Weekend Special was remixed by Van Gibbs in 1986. This Version entered the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart where it peaked at number 72 on April 12th 1986 and spent 8 weeks in the chart.[2]

Brenda and the Big Dudes
Brenda and the Big Dudes in 1984
Brenda and the Big Dudes in 1984
Background information
Also known asThe Big Dudes
OriginJohannesburg, South Africa
GenresAfropop
Years active1983-1987
Labels
Associated actsBrenda Fassie
Past members
  • Brenda Fassie
  • Desmond Malotana
  • Dumisane Ngubeni
  • Rufus Klaas
  • David Mabaso
  • Fats Mlangeni

Band membersEdit

  • Brenda Fassie (1983-1987) : Vocals
  • Desmond Malotana (1983-1987) : Keyboards
  • Dumisane Ngubeni (1983-1987) : Keyboards
  • David Mabaso (1983-1987) : Bass
  • Rufus Klaas (1983-1987) : Guitar
  • Job "Fats" Mlangeni (1983-1987) : Drums

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

  • Weekend Special (1983)
  • Let's Stick Together (1984)
  • Higher and Higher (1985)
  • No! No! Señor (1986)

Extended playsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "AllMusic | Record Reviews, Streaming Songs, Genres & Bands". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-12-29.
  2. ^ "Billboard - Music Charts, News, Photos & Video". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-12-29.