Honouring Brenda Fassie? Beyoncé’s album to feature SA pop references.
Beyoncé, a 28-time Grammy winner, astonished the world on Tuesday, June 21, with the official release of her dance-inspired track, Break My Soul. She released her first original song since Be Alive in November 2021 for the Will Smith-starring movie King Richard, which is about the Williams sisters.
The 40-year-upcoming old’s album Renaissance will contain references to South African pop music, according to a source who spoke to Metro. South Africans were convinced that Beyoncé was inspired by late pop star Brenda Fassie for her Break My Soul album cover.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM ‘RENAISSANCE’
Before officially releasing Break My Soul, Beyoncé teased the debut of Renaissance, her seventh studio album, on her social media profiles. On July 29, the album is scheduled for release.
According to a source who spoke to Metro, the gifted singer would be honoring 90s fashion heroes while also channeling her “inner supermodel” and expressing her “passion” for the United Kingdom and possibly a few South African references.
“She also wanted to honour artists like Brenda Fassie so there will be references to South African pop music all across the album. Some of her music videos touch on 90s supermodel glamour and she’s planning to work with some Brits on her new videos and performances,” said the source.
DID BRENDA FASSIE INSPIRE BEYONCÉ’S LATEST ALBUM COVER?
The 2014 tune Explode by Big Freedia, a legendary American rapper, is sampled in Beyoncé’s new song Break My Soul. The-Dream, an American R&B superstar, is also listed as a co-producer on the song.
Beyoncé and The-Dream collaborated on the dramatic ballad Mega Into You and the 2008 smash song Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It).
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A few Mzansi tweeps questioned if Beyoncé was inspired by Brenda Fassie for the Break My Soul album cover.
One tweep wrote: “Is she chanelling Brenda Fassie?”
Tweeps have taken to Twitter to express their excitement.
“Do y’all think we might get some Brenda Fassie vibes in the Break My Soul music video or a sample on one of the songs on the album?” wrote one tweep.
“Renaissance would be the perfect album for a Beyoncé/Solange collab,” wrote another tweep.
“Beyoncé gotta incorporate aspects of the Harlem renaissance in this album.”
I mean, Beyoncé is using the Beyhive as her strategy to rollout this album. We are actually part of Renaissance debut. The amount of times the news grabbed pieces about rumors and possibilities starting within the beyhive, is actually her marketing to Renaissance.
— Beylicious (@yonceliquorsick) June 23, 2022