Thandi Klaasen

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Thandi Klaasen (born 1931)[1] is a jazz musician from Sophiatown, Gauteng. She is the mother of singer Lorraine Klaasen.

Biography[edit]

Thandi Klaasen, née Mpambane, grew up in Sophiatown.[1] When she was a teenager, her face was permanently scarred by a mix of thinners and petroleum. Her career as a singer and dancer began in the mid-1950s.[2] In 1961, she moved to London to work in the musical King Kong.[3] She has since performed with Dolly Rathebe, Miriam Makeba, Dorothy Masuka, and others.

Awards[edit]

Klaasen has been awarded South Africa's Order of the Baobab in Silver (2006) for "excellent achievement in and contribution to the art of Music".[1] In August 2013, as part of the Women's Month celebrations, Klaasen and four other icons of South African jazz - Abigail Kubheka, Dorothy Masuka, Sathima Bea Benjamin and Sylvia Mdunyelwa - were honoured by Standard Bank with lifetime achievement awards.[4] Other awards she has received include the Woman of Distinction Award received in Canada (1999),[5] and a lifetime achievement award at the 2006 South African Music Awards.[6]

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