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Lorraine and Thandie Klaasen to host charity concert next month

Published:Saturday | October 4, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Lorraine Klaasen-Contributed

Shereita Grizzle, Gleaner Writer

When South African singer Lorraine Klaasen visited the island in May as the specially invited guest at the Women's Health Network's Africa-Jamaica Connection, held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, she gave a stellar performance, holding her own against a strong Jamaican line-up. Now, the singer is planning a return to the island for another musical performance, and this time, she will be joined by her mother, legendary jazz singer Thandie Klaasen.

Scheduled for October 12, the mother-daughter duo will put on a show Jamaicans won't forget.

Under the distinguished patronage of the South African High Commissioner Mathu Joyini, the concert will once again be hosted by The Jamaica Pegasus. Tickets will go on sale for $4,000 and all proceeds are in aid of a well-known women's charity.

Legendary entertainer

Considered a jazz legend in her home country, the elder Klaasen will aim to give the Jamaican audience the best of her music from a career that has spanned well over five decades. The South African entertainer and her daughter, Lorraine, plan to deliver a strong, authentic set to include different styles of their native music. Having seen what Lorraine Klaasen is capable of, many Jamaicans should be curious as to what the two will bring to the Pegasus in a few weeks.

The concert is geared at providing an evening of clean, classical entertainment, as the line-up includes the likes of Myrna Hague, Desi Jones and friends. L'Acadco: A United Caribbean Dance Force, and the L'Acadco Drum Xplosion Orchestra, will also form part of the evening's entertainment package, providing a mixture of dance and instrumental pieces throughout the night.

The show is expected to start at 6 p.m., and will be hosted by emcee Norma Brown-Bell.