SNAKES AT DEBORA FRASER’S MEMORIAL

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Some words beaming Nothing But The Truth got spoken at the House of Treasures Ministries in Joburg on Thursday, 19 May 2022.

The utterances came from the heart of a grieving family member at the memorial service of Deborah Fraser. Observations of Buhle Shabalala about the local showbiz industry hit the mark. The cousin to the late gospel star had heard from Deborah about the false appearances of some operating in the showbiz industry. Several in the creative arts sector were competent in putting on an act. Days of ill health leading to the passing of Deborah must have brought Buhle face-to-face with the false shows.

Not mincing her words, Buhle Shabala said…, 

“Kunezinyoka la.” 

Her utterances got felt even from afar as they swept indiscriminately over some of the snakes, the pretenders. “Some were not answering their phones when we called in times of need. Today they are here as chief mourners.”  

Well, the bassist Sipho Gumede must have referred to the turncoats in business he was operating in when he titled one of his songs – When Days Are Dark Friends are few.

Ah! The Lacoste tears of the chief mourners. 

They were the typical story of false togetherness that permeates local showbiz. 

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Earlier, when one of the pastors got in the spirit of preaching, utterances of one Deborah Fraser memorial service mourner -not chief in status- reached a nearby ear. He kept repeating a soft murmuring of the word ORDER whenever the service congregants responded with an amen chorus to a female pastor’s calls to abazalwane to AMEN.  Sitting at the front row of this mourner and next to me was a politician that whispered. 

“There are no actors, pretenders, as great as politicians and abefundisi, pastors – they are performance artists of note.” 

True that. 

Lots more got said at the memorial. Linah Ebony Ngcobo highlighted that Deborah was passionate about taking care of kids. When Deborah got ill and hospitalised, she had already finished recording her 14th album in March. The record was ready for mixing and mastering and features maskandi artist Khuzani and Imali Eningi hitmaker Big Zulu.

There were promises too.

Some of the announced action was the Too Late for Mama (Deborah) kind of stuff. Sello Chicco Twala spoke of a commitment made to him by Universal Music. He said the multinational record company Deborah got signed to told him it would take care of Deborah’s kids, Nkosana and Aliya. Twala said in a conversation with the CEO of Universal Music, Sipho Dlamini, that he was going to do the same thing that he did for Brenda Fassie. 

“We raised R30 million for Brenda Fassie when she passed away – for Bongani Fassie. We raised R30 million. I am saying it publicly. Unfortunately, that money got spent on lawyers.” 

The sun had gone down just past hour five. The singing died down. It had been the kind of song performance, including Khanyo Maphumulo, Siphokazi Mohapi and Nomcebo, fitting the celebration of the life of Deborah Fraser. 

During a drive home, coming back to mind was a thought that did a shazi on an earlier drive to the memorial service. 

‘You are going to a memorial service of a giant artist spirit that practised its craft in a space littered with some great pretenders, con artists.’

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Siyabonga Sithole
Siyabonga Sithole
1 year ago

Love it

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