Dr. Deborah Fraser is remembered as a caregiver and caring friend. Friends, family, and fellow gospel artists gathered for a memorial service for the late Fraser at the Treasury House of Services in Rispark, south of Johannesburg.
Fraser died Sunday. She has been battling diabetes for quite some time.
Artists took turns honoring the deceased legend in the best way, through song.
Fraser may have started her career as a backing singer for such as Brenda Fassi and Kaifus Semenya, but she soon rose to fame after the release of her debut album “Abanye Bayombona” in 2000.
Later this year she was to release her 14th album. Eliza Kelly of Fraser’s record label Universal Music Group says Fraser had unsurpassed talent and voice.
“We as universals also considered ourselves a family, we lost a family member, a voice that calmed the soul and embraced the heart. She evoked emotions. Deborah is always associated with heaven. When her time came, she was calm. She will see the Almighty. Heaven is waiting to accept her. She leaves behind a rich legacy. “
Those who knew her personally, as well as her close friend Lina Ngkoba, described Fraser as a breadwinner and loving mother.
“We were friends before we had children. She had only two biological children, but she was the mother of many children. she helped many children at school. She was the one who loved. “
“There’s only one Deborah”
Jabu Chlongwa’s gospel legend says Fraser leaves a huge mark in the industry.
“Imagine if she could see it in life, it would be amazing. Need to be maintained while they are alive. She left a trail, there’s only one Deborah, the other Deborah we don’t need. There is no gap, it worked well. “
Meanwhile, government officials in Gauteng’s arts and culture were met with hostility. Ike Humala took the time to tell the representatives present that they never cared about the artists during the brutal closure.
“Where was the ward when Deborah was ill in Bar. Where they are, they closed the country for two years, but they still got paid while we fought. “
Chika Twala’s musician also blamed the government for not doing enough to support the artists. Tvala says Fraser-level cult music deserved much more.
“Today there is a lot of money to bury Deborah, but there was no money when she needed medical attention. Deborah deserves the best. I never thought that a musician who made such a great contribution could not get help from the government. “
Fraser will be buried Saturday in Hillcrest, KwaZulu-Natal. Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture Nokave Mafu visited Fraser’s house in Eikenhof, south of Johannesburg.
Mafu says: “Her beauty is that her music has served us and her music has been very popular with South Africans. Her death affected us all because it is an icon, it is a legend. This is someone who has been there for South Africans in terms of music. As a government, we have come to convey our condolences and be able to tell them through loss and pain that government is for them. ”
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