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The Nation Continues to Mourns the Loss of Jazz Legend Thandi Klaasen

Thandi Klaasen died at the age of 86 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

On Sunday morning, Arts & Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa announced the death of a legend: Thandi Klaasen. He tweeted:

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.

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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