Batuki Music Society celebrates Black History Month with
a “Tribute to Miriam Makeba” featuring Lorraine Klaasen at Ada Slaight Hall,
Daniels Spectrum located at 585 Dundas St. E. Toronto on Saturday February 23,
Klaasen, performer extraordinaire, is the daughter of legendary South African
Jazz singer Tandi Klaasen, one of Nelson Mandela’s favorite singers and an
indisputable South African legend. Lorraine is one of the few South African
artists who have preserved the classic sound of Township music, which continues
to be the most distinctive sound to come out of South Africa.
and raised in Soweto, South Africa, Lorraine Klaasen was influenced by South
Africa’s musical giants of the 1950’s and 1960’s, such as Miriam Makeba, Dolly
Rathebe, Dorothy Masuka, Sophie Mgcina and Busi Mhlongo who frequented her
mother’s home. Lorraine’s musical career started at an early age in the 1970’s
when she would accompany her mother to live performances all over Southern
Africa including the neighboring states of Mozambique and Swaziland. It wasn’t
long after that she branched out on her own and got into musical theater, which
took her across Europe and eventually ended up in Montreal, Canada where she
has been living for over two decades. A singer, songwriter, dancer and
choreographer, Lorraine Klaasen sings in several languages including Zulu,
Sotho, Xhosa, Lingala, English, and French.
Klaasen has embraced the rich musical cultures of Quebec, Africa, Haiti and the
Caribbean whose musicians she has collaborated with on her successful tours of
Europe, North America and the Caribbean. In the late 1980’s and throughout the
1990’s, Lorraine recorded several albums which included the popular songs
titled “Bayasilandela” and "Kudala ndikulindile”. In February 2008, Lorraine released the
album Africa Calling on the Justin Time label working with South African record
producer Mongezi Chris Ntaka, and featuring bassist Bakhiti Khumalo (who
performed on Paul Simon's landmark album, Graceland).
Her latest CD, released in September 2012, A
Tribute To Miriam Makeba is a fitting acknowledgment to the legendary
songstress, who remains the most important female vocalist to emerge out of
South Africa. Hailed as the Empress of African Song and Mama Africa, she helped
bring African music to a global audience in the '60s. In a fitting homage,
Lorraine Klaasen and her band do Auntie Miriam justice with energetic and
heartfelt renditions of South African classic and traditional folk songs,
including those that Miriam Makeba brought to the masses like Pata Pata, The
Click Song and Jolinkomo, as well as Lorraine's own compositions inspired by
the lady herself.
Lorraine Klaasen will be performing with the
musicians featured on her latest CD, A Tribute to Miriam Makeba: guitarist
Assane Seck, bassist Sebastian Andrew Whiteman and percussionist Moise Yawo
Artist info: www.lorraineklaasen.com
“Tribute to Miriam Makeba” featuring Lorraine Klaasen
Saturday February 23, 2013
Ada Slaight Hall, Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St. E.
Entry 8 PM / Show 9 PM
Tickets: $20 advance / $25 door
Info or advance tickets online at: www.batukimusic.com
Or available at these locations:
Nharo 543 Danforth Ave.
Soundscapes 572 College St.
African Drum & Art Crafts 618 Dundas St. W.
Batuki Music Society gratefully acknowledges the support
of Canadian Heritage.
Batuki Music SocietyP.O. Box 68585
360A Bloor St. W.Toronto, ONM5S 1X0
"nurturing and strengthening cultural diversity through music and the arts."
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