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Friday, September 4, 2015

Brenda Fassie & The Big Dudes - "Weekend Special" (examples, lyrics, & comments)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post showcases two examples of South African vocalist Brenda Fassie's now classic 1983 song "Weekend Special". Song lyrics and selected comments from these two YouTube examples are also included in this post.

The content of this post is presented for cultural, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to Brenda Fassie and Brenda Fassie & The Big Dudes for their cultural legacy. Thanks also to all those who are quoted in this post, and thanks to the publishers of these videos on YouTube.

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LYRICS: WEEKEND SPECIAL
(recorded by Brenda Fassie & The Big Dudes)

You dont come around, to me see in the week
You dont have a chance, to call me on the phone
You dont come around, to me see in the week
You dont have a chance, to call me on the phone

But Friday night yes I know, yes I know
I know I must be ready for you, just be waiting for you
Friday night yes I know, yes I know
I know I must be ready for you, just be waiting for you

[Chorus]

I’m no weekend, weekend special
I’m no weekend, weekend special
I’m no weekend, weekend special
I’m no weekend, weekend special
I’m no weekend, (daddy’s home) weekend special
I’m no weekend, (daddy’s home) weekend special

[Verse 2]
Another lonely night, on my own again
How along for your love
I need your touch, yes I do
You dont come around, to me see in the week
You dont have a chance, to call me on the phone
But Friday night yes I know, yes I know
I know I must be ready for you, just be waiting for you
Friday night yes I know, yes I know
I know I must be ready for you, just be waiting for you

[Bridge]
I’m your weekend special...
I’m your weekend special...
I’m no weekend special...
That is all...
I’m no weekend, weekend special (x4)
You dont love me no more... (x3)
You dont love me no more... I know

(Chorus)

Source: http://www.sgubhu.net/lyrics/weekend-special-lyrics

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FEATURED EXAMPLES
These examples are presented in chronological order based on their publishing dates on YouTube with the oldest examples given first.

Example #1: Brenda-weekend special 80's -www.zimvibes.com



zimvibes, Uploaded on Nov 10, 2006
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Selected comments from this video's discussion thread:
Gofaone Matobolo, 2014
"MaBrrrr!!! rest in peace darling!!! you are a legend whose talent will be greatly missed!"
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I can't find the meaning of "MaBrr" on the internet. The only mention of that word that I've been able to find is that it was and still is a (affectionate ? and respectful?) nickname for South African vocalist Brenda Fassie.

Does "MaBrr" mean Mother Brenda?
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"MaBrr" is sometimes written "Mabrr" and sometimes is spelled with additional "r"s at the end.

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President Tumi-Anne, 2014
"This song still goes in dang. I bet if they play it in any South African club people will go hella crazy. Brenda will forever be the queen of African pop aka Bubble Gum music #Fact
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"goes in" = African American vernacular English term that is also given as [something or someone "went in"= put his or her entire being into (doing) something, resulting in something outstanding

"hella crazy"= African American vernacular English meaning "real crazy" (really excited)

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Example #2: Brenda & The Big Dudes - Weekend Special



Mixsensei Uploaded on Nov 16, 2008

Brenda Fassie and The Big Dudes from South Africa; yes Africa had 80's(1983) oldskool too !! She died in 2004..
Selected comments from this video's discussion thread:

aachelabelaaron, 2009
"although this may seem an inauspicious start, brenda would become an unique presence in south african music and cultural life, and should be regarded as such. a soul sadly missed and mourned :'("

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heinrich vass, 2014
"Wow, this songs never gets tired. The bassline still mezmerises me . Brenda & the Dudes are part of a generation of real live bands from 80's. Also The first "professional" act I ever saw live as a youngster. Thanks for posting this extended version."

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song4night, 2014
"every club bassist in the 80's struggled with this bassline.They killed it!"
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"killed it" -African American vernacular English term meaning "did an exceptional job"

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