EMI Music is to release a compilation of hits from the late South African singer, Brenda Fassie, who died in May this year. EMI will donate all proceeds from album sales to the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s 46664 campaign, which supports HIV/AIDS education and research.
The 20-track compilation, “Brenda Fassie – Greatest Hits,” will be released from Oct. 25 in more than 20 territories including the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Canada and Australia.
Mark Collen, senior VP of global marketing for EMI Musc, will oversee the release. “One of the key roles of EMI’s global marketing network is to broaden the reach of our artists and their music, wherever in the world they come from,” Collen says. “We have a global perspective and want to see success in one region replicated as far and wide as possible,” he adds.
In her home country, Fassie’s releases regularly reached multi-platinum status (50,000 units). Her 1998 set “Memeza” became one of South Africa’s biggest-selling albums, achieving in excess of 600,000 sales (12-times platinum), according to EMI.
The compilation features the singer’s domestic hits over a 20-year career, including “Vulin’dlela” which was voted “Song of the Decade” at the 10th South African Music Awards earlier this year.