Tributes continue to pour in for Jazz Extraordinaire Thandi Klaasen

Christopher Moagi

Thandi Klassen Won 2015 Lifetime Achievement award with cultural entrepreneur Thembeka Nkamba-van Wyk (Left) and Abigail Khubeka(Right).

The eminent jazz Legend Thandi Klaasen died early Sunday morning, losing her battle to Pancreatic Cancer. This comes just days after Klaasen’s daughter‚ singer Lorraine Klaasen, confirmed on Facebook that the singer had been battling pancreatic cancer.

Klaasen was a jazz musician from Sophiatown famous for her role in the musical King Kong. She began her career singing in local churches and wanted to become a jazz singer after she saw a jazz group perform at her school. In her teens, Klaasen was attacked with an acid bomb that permanently disfigured her face.

Lorraine Klaasen wrote on her Facebook page that her mother, who suffered from pancreatic cancer, had died peacefully. “Today is the day my mom left us she passed away this morning peacefully. Thank you all for your kind words and prayers I use to share this encouraging scripture Revelations 21 verse 2 3 4. In part it says “Even Death will be no more. no suffering it will be things of the past.  We will update for funeral arrangement, On behalf of my family, we thank you all,” she wrote.

Klassen was revered for her brand of jazz music and was Nelson Mandela’s favourite singer. In 2013, she gave one of her last interviews, together with singers Abigail Khubeka and Dorothy Masuka which have 275 views. Klaasen’s Sofiatown being the most viewed video from all her video’s on YouTube at 10,437 views.


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