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Lady Lorraine loves to sing

performance in honour of the renowned jazz singer next May, at Concordia University’s Oscar PetersonHall. In a sense, her evening entertaining listeners in the cozy intimacy of Le Chenail, as well as every other venue on her performance schedule this season, will serve as a warmup to her memorial concert honouring the life and spirit of her mother, through Lady Lorraine’s own unique style of Township Music. “When I was a little girl, I used to say ‘I want to sing likemy mumwhen I grow up.’” Klaasen added. “I could see how my mum made people happy with her singing. It’s a wonderful therapeutic gift.” Lady Lorraine uses a cooking metaphor to describe her style of Township Music. “I call it (township music) a mixed ma- sala,” she explained. “It’s a variety of South African styles.”

Klaasen takes words and phrases from Zulu, !Xhosa, and other South African lan- guages, and weaves them together into amu- sical tapestrymerged withmerrymelodies. “Each person does it (township style) their own way,” she said, noting that the end result is both unique and still familiar. “South African rhythms are very distinctive.” As she continues to perform, both on stage and in the recording studio, Lorraine Klaasen can take comfort knowing she has honoured her mother and herself, both in spirit and in song, earning international acclaim for her work, including a 2013 Juno Award for Best Worldbeat Album, and ano- ther album now listed as a Juno nominee for next year. “Canada’s been such a wonderful plat- form for me,” she admitted. “To be honoured and acknowledged, for that, I am thankful.”

Lorraine Klaasen a hérité de son amour pour le chant de sa mère, Thandie Klaasen, l’une des chanteuses de jazz renommées d’Afrique du Sud. Lady Lorraine elle-même vit et respire son propre style de canton, tissant une tapisserie musicale de mots et de phrases du zoulou, du xhosa et d’autres langues sud-africaines qui évoquent l’esprit de la terre et de son peuple, de son histoire et de sa culture. Son don pour la chanson a valu à la chanteuse montréalaise un succès international, y compris un prix Juno en 2013 pour meilleur albumWorldbeat. —photo Gregg Chamberlain



a short trip from Montréal, where the in- ternationally-acclaimed singer makes her home these days, but a long way in another sense fromher days as a child growing up in Soweto Township in South Africa, learning to love singing as much as her ownmother, Thandie Klaasen. “It’s a gift I inherited frommymum,” Klaa- sen declared. “She was one of South Africa’s top jazz performers.” Thandie Klaasen passed away earlier this year. Her daughter plans to hold a tribute

Lorraine Klaasen cannot imagine a day when she does not feel like singing. Not since the very day she was born. “When a baby is born, don’t we all sing?” she said, smiling, as she sat and relaxed for a short interview, prior to taking to the stage at Le Chenail Cultural Centre for a Friday evening concert. The Oct. 16 event in Hawkesbury was


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