Posthumous Deborah Fraser album to be released
A year since the death of Deborah Fraser, industry colleagues, friends and family have commemorated her life.
The gospel star died on May 15 2022 at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Johannesburg surrounded by loved ones. She was 56.
On her death’s anniversary, Deborah's team announced they would release a posthumous album in her honour.
Though the music industry lost an icon and still mourns her death, they'll get to hear her powerful voice and positive lyrics in latest single Basheshe Bahleke before the release of final album Jehovah Ngiyabonga on May 19.
The album is set to feature a range of uplifting tracks, each a celebration of Deborah's love for God and her joy in his presence.
"Today marks a year since the gospel icon has departed. Dr Deborah Fraser was a versatile artist. This is proven on the upcoming album to be released on Friday the 19.05.2023. She featured songs from maskandi, hip-hop, house and her rich melodious gospel sounds.
"We celebrate the queen, Mama Africa, as referred to by her fans. Your legacy lives on. Long live the spirit of Dr Deborah Fraser," read the statement shared on the singer’s page.
Fraser was born in 1966 in Katlehong, east of Johannesburg.
She first began singing in church at a young age and rose to fame in the late 1990s with her album, Abanye Bayombona. She later released several successful albums.
Deborah won many accolades and was honoured with a Doctorate of Philosophy in Sacred Music by the Christian Leadership Academy as a gospel singer who contributed to changing lives.
She was also involved in various charitable initiatives and is a role model to aspiring musicians.
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