Lorraine Klaasen

Lorraine Klaasen

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Lorraine Klaasen, daughter of legendary South African Jazz singer Thandie Klaasen, 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. Born and raised in Soweto, Lorraine has electrified audiences worldwide with her dynamic stage presence and showmanship.

Biography

Lorraine Klaasen, daughter of legendary South African Jazz singer Thandie Klaasen, 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. Born and raised in Soweto, Lorraine has electrified audiences worldwide with her dynamic stage presence and showmanship. Lorraine was influenced by South Africa’s musical giants of the 1950’s and 1960’s, such as Miriam Makeba (who was a close friend of Lorraine and Thandi) as well as Dolly Rathebe, Dorothy Masuka, and Busi Mhlongo who regularly frequented her mother’s home.

In 2008, Lorraine released the highly charged album "Africa Calling" on Justin Time Records. Through working with South African record producer Mongezi Chris Ntaka, and featuring bassist Bakhiti Khumalo (who also memorably performed on Paul Simon’s landmark album, "Graceland"), Lorraine accomplished her childhood dreams of taking Township music to the rest of the globe and making a truly African record that touches every heart & soul that beats the world over.

Her latest CD, "A Tribute To Miriam Makeba" is a fitting acknowledgement 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 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.

Discography

Title: A Tribute To Miriam Makeba
Release Date: September 25, 2012
Label: Justin Time Records Inc.
Type: LP

Title: Africa Calling
Release Date: September 1, 2012
Label: Justin Time Records Inc.
Type: LP