Blondie And Papa

Blondie And Papa Makhene started out singing as a duo in 1977.

They released the single “Don’t Burn Your Bridges” in 1978 and over the next few years went on to release several more singles and three albums: (“Tell It All Brothers”, 1979; “24-Hour Service”, 1980 and “Together” in 1982).

They broke up in order to pursue solo careers.

Brenda And The Big Dudes

Johannesburg group who began as the backing band for Blondie And Papa but became a band in their own right in 1983 when Brenda Fassie joined as their leading vocalist.

The rest of the band were: Rufus Klaas (guitar), David Mabaso (bass), Desmond Malotana (keyboards), Dumisane Ngubeni (keyboards) and Job Mlangeni (drums).

Released the highly successful Weekend Special EP and single in 1983. Thereafter released the albums Let’s Stick Together (1984), Higher and Higher (1985) and No! No! Senor (1986). In 1987 when Brenda Fassie left the group to go solo they continued as The Big Dudes, releasing three further albums: Pulling Very Hard (1987), No Share For The Boys (1988) and S’good S’nice (1989).