On Sunday morning, Arts & Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa announced the death of a legend: Thandi Klaasen. He tweeted:
We are saddened to learn that Jazz Legend Thandi Klaasen has passed on. Our thoughts are with her daughter Lorraine, her loved ones, & fans. pic.twitter.com/vGbOQotbeJ
— Min. Nathi Mthethwa (@NathiMthethwaSA) January 15, 2017
Thandi Klaasen died at the age of 86 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Celebrities including Felicia Mabuza-Suttle, DJ Euphonik and actress Nambitha Mpumlwana joined hundreds of fans in paying tribute to the star.
Sad news .Rest in peace #ThandiKlaasen always humble and so gracious .we have lost a giant of South African music ?
— Hotstix (@siphohotstix) January 15, 2017
Rest In Peace #ThandiKlaasen ??
— Euphonik™♛ (@euphonik) January 15, 2017
I met #ThandiKlaasen in a Montreal winter. She told me that, if I can walk on the ice, I can make it in the entertainment industry!
— NAMBITHA (@NAMBITHA) January 15, 2017
— Felicia MabuzaSuttle (@Feliciamabuza) January 15, 2017
President Jacob Zuma also expressed his condolences:
‘We have lost one of the leading pioneers of South African jazz music, and promoters of the country’s cosmopolitan culture,’ he said in a statement on Sunday. ‘She was a role model to many of our young and upcoming musicians and her legacy will live on for generations to come. Her passing is a tragic loss to the nation. Ms Klaassen contributed to the country not only as a musician but also as a social and political activist who was always outspoken about socioeconomic issues in the country. We convey our deepest condolences to her family, relatives and all in the arts and culture industry. May her soul rest in peace.’
Listen to Thandi’s rendition of Sophiatown:
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