Lorraine Klaasen, eclectic performer extraordinaire, is the daughter of the famous South African singer Thandie Klaasen, one of Nelson Mandela’s favourite singers and an indisputable South African legend. Born and raised in South Africa, she has called Montreal her home since 1979. Lorraine’s dynamic stage presence and showmanship have captivated fans or world music, jazz and African music throughout North America, the Caribbean and Europe for many years. In fact, Klaasen is a virtual embodiment of cultural diversity. Performing in English, French, Swahili, Zulu, Xhosa, Lingala, Greek and Hebrew, as well as over 12 African dialects, audiences are spellbound by her winning combination of humour charisma and savoir faire. Musicologist, singer and choreographer, Klaasen is highly adept at conveying emotion through movement and dance, an integral and distinctive expression of African song. Her productions present the finest African rhythms. “Living in Canada and playing with musicians from the diasporas of the Caribbean, Haiti and Quebec has informed by art and enlarged my music tremendously,” says Klaasen. Her upbeat musical style manages to embrace a myriad of cultures at once. Klaasen’s exuberance and infectious style often result in a captive audience; inevitably they are shouting loudly for more after the last notes have been played.
General admission: $25; AGH Members $20. At the door and online at www.artgalleryofhamilton.com, by phone at 905.527-6610, ext. 232, or in person at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, 123 King Street West and at the AGH Design Annex at 118 James Street North. Cash bar.