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W.Toronto: Black History Month Tribute to "Mama Africa" Miriam Makeba featuring Lorraine Klaasen at Daniels Spectrum on February 23, 2013

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    Batuki Music Society celebrates Black History Month with a “Tribute to Miriam Makeba” featuring Lorraine Klaasen at Ada Slaight Hall, Daniels Spectrum
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      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
      batukimusic@... www.batukimusic.com
      "nurturing and strengthening cultural diversity through music and the arts."  

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