Mpho Sebina’s Remake of ‘Too Late For Mama’
Written by Libimbi zane on October 4, 2021
On Friday, 1 October, 2021, Mpho Sebina — in collaboration with Gallo Records — released a remake of the 1989 classic ‘Too Late For Mama’ song by the iconic Brenda Fassie. Sebina, popularly known for her angelic vocals on the Major League DJs’ ‘Dinaledi’ is on an upward trajectory in her music career. This song is a major inspiration behind Sebina’s reason for becoming an artist and one of the first songs she had recorded nearly 6 years ago.
The new version doesn’t just aim to remake, but to wants to channel the same energy that Ma Brrr brought to the music when she first performed the track at the height of her career.
“With this song, I honour the legendary African Pop Diva ‘Brenda Fassie’ and how her story is the story of African song and artistry at its highest level. Through this song, I pay tribute to Ma Brrr and her beautiful Soul. And I give thanks to the incredible production and creative genius that is Chicco Twala,” said Sebina.
She also added that she hopes the message ‘Too Late For Mama’ resonates with the people of her generation across the world, going through this time of anxiety and stress, for all the families grieving loss and hardships. “I hope this song reminds us to exercise empathy, Botho, Ubuntu in these uncertain times.”
In a statement released last Friday, Gallo Records mentioned that they are seeing momentum for Mpho Sebina towards a breakthrough moment in her career. “Her latest project, a collaboration with Gallo Records, Gallo Remixed series executive produced by Black Coffee is an affirmation of her potential as a future star,” continued the statement.
Mpho’s new single acknowledges the legacy of the foundation of the South African Afro-Pop sound in her rendition of ‘Too Late for Mama’ as an authentic offering to remake of the legendary Brenda Fassie song, originally composed and written by Sello ‘Chicco’ Twala in 1989, marking the 32nd-year anniversary of the original release.
The demo of the original Mpho Sebina version found its way into Gallo Records A&R Session with Black Coffee and the Gallo/Soulistic A&R team, who unanimously chose the track as the first release of what seems to be a musically ambitious project under the Gallo Remixed banner (watch this space). You can stream the single on all music streaming platforms.