Artists gather together to pay tribute to Mama Thandi Klaasen through music and words

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25 Jan 2017

Following the sad passing of jazz legend, Mama Thandi Klaasen, last week and the memorial service held in her honour at the Germiston City Hall in Ekurhuleni today, the creative sector will host a special celebration of her life on Thursday 26 January 2017.

The Cultural and Creative Industries Federation of South Africa (CCIFSA) and the Musicians Association of South Africa (MASA) will host an event “Celebrating the Life of Thandi Klaasen: Artists and Legends pay tribute through music and words”.

The celebration includes paying tribute to her cultural offerings through renditions of her hit songs from the days Mama Thandi Klaasen began her musical career as part of the Quad Sisters, to her hit songs and up to the present.

Some of the Living Legends in the arts, Mr Welcome Msomi, Ms Letta Mbulu, Mr Caiphus Semenya, Ms Dorothy Masuku, Ms Abigail Kubeka, Dr Don Mattera, Mr Wally Serote, Mr Peter Magubane and Mr Stompie Manana, have led the artistic team arranging this tribute event.

The details are as follows:

VENUE: The Market Theatre, Johannesburg

TIME: 12PM to 3PM

DATE: 26 January 2017

 “We are heartened that artists are gathering together to pay tribute to a woman of substance, a powerful artist and extraordinary musician, Mama Thandi Klaasen. It further affirms her status as a Legend of our Times,” said Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

CCIFSA President, Mr Tony Kgoroge, points out that: “Even in the darkest hour, it is time to lift up our spirits and celebrate the life of a great artist. She is one of a kind and one of our own. Therefore we shall come together and celebrate her life through culture which, after all, was the heartbeat of her life.”

Chairperson of the Living Legends Legacy Programme, an initiative of the Department of Arts and Culture, Mr Welcome Msomi has said that: “It is the only fitting way that we can say goodbye; she would want us to celebrate her journey in song and dance.”

Artists that will be participating include, among others: Tu Nokwe, Papa and Blondie, Peter Mokoena, Mara Louw and McCoy Mrubata.

 For RSVP, Mthuthuzeli at 0744787681, email: 

For comments, call:

Tony Kgoroge (CCIFSA) at: 072 157 4769

Lisa Combrinck (DAC) at 082 821 4886