Remembering Thandi Klaasen, South African singer 1931-2017

first_imgLegendary South African jazz singer Thandi Klaasen died on 15 January 2017 after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. The news was announced by her daughter, jazz singer Lorraine Klaasen, who lives in Canada.Legendary South African jazz singer Thandi Klaasen died on 15 January 2017. In a career spanning over 50 years, from performing as a child on Sophiatown street corners to singing on the stages of London’s West End, her distinctive worldly rasp was a hallmark of the South African jazz sound. (Photo: YouTube)CD AndersonAs one of the country’s foremost singers, Klaasen was comfortable in a number of genres, from big band and intimate songbird jazz to more traditional as well as modern African music.She was best known for her breakout role in the Sophiatown musical King Kong, performing alongside other South African music legends such as Hugh Masekela, Abdullah Ibrahim and Kippie Moeketsi. Klaasen was in the original South African production and reprised her role in the hugely popular London West End production in 1961.Growing up the Johannesburg suburb of Sophiatown, she was the daughter of a shoemaker and a domestic worker. As a child, she sang and danced in various church choirs; later – in the 1950s – becoming a street performer. As a teenager, Klaasen was attacked with acid, leaving her with permanent facial scarring.While the injury severely affected her singing voice, it did not stop her from achieving her dream of becoming a professional singer. Instead, she used it as a positive and developed her distinctive world-worn rasp. Despite her circumstances, she persevered in forging a remarkable career as a singer. Speaking of that time, Klaasen recalled: “Even if people in the street make you feel like you have leprosy or like you’re dirty… you must be strong.”Beginning her professional singing career with a number of local jazz groups, Klaasen met King Kong creator Todd Matshikiza when she was with the Harlem Swingsters.She performed regularly with other jazz greats of the era, including Dolly Rathebe, Miriam Makeba, Dorothy Masuku and Sophie Mgcina. Following the King Kong years, Klaasen went on to perform around the world for more than 40 years, alongside top international artists such as Roberta Flack and Patti Labelle.On news of her death, South African Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa tweeted: “We are saddened to learn that jazz legend Thandi Klaasen has passed on. (She) will be remembered for her indomitable spirit, who succeeded against all odds… her silky smooth voice serenaded audiences the world over. How much richer we are having heard her sing. How much she touched our spirits and made us complete beings in a world in which things were falling apart.”For “her excellent achievement in and contribution to the art of music”, Klaasen was awarded South Africa’s Order of the Baobab (Gold) in 2006. She also won a number of South African music awards and lifetime achievement accolades throughout her career, including the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Lifetime Achievement award in 2013 and an MTN South African Music Award. She also received a Woman of Distinction award from the Canadian government in 1999 for her tireless dedication to the anti-apartheid struggle.Klaasen married, became a mother and lived in Canada for most of the 1970s and 1980s; however, in 1994 she returned to live and perform in South Africa permanently, reliving her humble beginnings in her beloved Sophiatown.Her life and work was an inspiring mix of determination, joy and beauty, rising above limitation and setback to beat the odds and reach the top of her art.Source: Wikipedia, News24, South African History Online Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? Visit the Brand South Africa resources page for more information.last_img read more

Feeding Farmers Week 3 – Davisson Farms, Union County

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest For the third week of Feeding Farmers in the Field, sponsored by AgriGold Hybrids, Dale Minyo and the crew of the Ohio Ag Net made their way south of Milford Center in Union County to Davisson Farms. Dale Davisson leads the corn and soybean operation.last_img

CTIA: Urban Airship Launches Push for Android

first_imgRelated Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Android#apps#mobile#news What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The service works entirely outside of Google’s stack, and supports more Android-based devices than Google’s own C2DM service does. Urban Airship works on any version of Android from 1.7 and up, while Google’s push notifications only work on phones running Android 2.2 (Froyo) and higher.Citing recent OS market share figures which show that 31.6% of Android phones are still running Android 2.1, Urban Airship CEO Scott Kveton says “this is a significant subset of the app market that can’t be ignored.”“App developers do not care which device a user carries in his pocket, whether it’s an iPhone, an Android running Froyo or Honeycomb, a Blackberry or a Nokia,” Kveton explained. “Our customers have been telling us that being able to reach all their end users is their goal. Period. Urban Airship serves this need.”In addition to the “quiet time” feature, which lets users configure times when they don’t want to be interrupted, Urban Airship provides QoS, return receipts, an inbox of past notifications and it gives each app its own open connection that is synchronized to save battery life.Brands Using UA on AndroidUrban Airship already has several major brands using the push notification service within their Android applications, including ESPN in its SportsCenter app, the mobile shopping and rewards app Shopkick and also Tapulous, makers of Tap Tap Revenge, a Guitar Hero-like game for mobile.Tapulous uses the alerts to tell game players when a friend has beaten their high score or has proposed a challenge, as well as when there are new songs available for purchase. Tapulous, incidentally, was the first app in the iTunes App Store to offer push notifications, which are also powered by Urban Airship’s service.In case you’re unfamiliar with the company, here are some notable stats about Urban Airship, which it released this week, too:Urban Airship has delivered more than 2.5 billion push notifications across the iOS, Android and BlackBerry mobile platforms.It delivers more than 15 million push notifications each day.Year over year, the number of notifications Urban Airship has delivered has increased by 1,555%.Urban Airship has authenticated and delivered more than 2.5 million purchases via in-app purchase.Customers make an average of 8 thousand in-app purchase transactions per day.More than 100 million mobile devices are connected to the Urban Airship platform.Developers can sign up for the new Push for Android service beta here. sarah perez Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Mobile services platform provider Urban Airship launched a new service for Android developers at the CTIA Wireless 2011 conference in Orlando, Florida this week. The service, Embedded Push for Android, is an end-to-end push notification system, an alternative to Google’s default solution, C2DM.The benefits of the new solution include features like the ability to configure “quiet time,” plus Quality of Service guarantees and return receipts. The push system is also more battery-friendly than Google’s solution, says Urban Airship.UA on Android The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Five students run over by truck

first_imgFive school students were killed and four grievously injured when a truck ran over them on NH 16 in Bhadrak district on Thursday.Four of the five victims were girls. The students were returning from Ranital High School when the accident occurred. The injured were taken to Bhadrak district hospital.By the time locals rushed to the spot, the driver and the helper of the truck had already fled. Angry locals set the truck on fire.Expressing grief over the accident, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced an ex gratia of ₹2 lakh each to the family of the deceased.last_img

‘Cover lotus references in cityschools that are polling stations’

first_imgAn election observer on Thursday asked for ‘Rashtriya Phool – Kamal (national flower – lotus)’ embossed on a school building wall in West Delhi to be covered as it is a violation of the model code of conduct. Lotus is the BJP’s election symbol.A police officer said that the observer has asked them to identify such walls in schools that are listed as polling stations in Delhi.During a visit to polling stations, the election observer found that in several schools information such as national bird, national animal among other things were mentioned on the walls. “We have been instructed to cover the word ‘Kamal’ painted/embossed on the walls in schools where polling will be held on May 12. We are in the process of identifying such walls and they will be covered with the help of the district administration,” said the police officer.The election observer has also asked for photos of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and B.R. Ambedkar to be covered in schools listed as polling stations.Reacting to the observer’s objection, a schoolteacher said: “There are so many parties and each of them has an election symbol that represents something that we use in schools. It doesn’t mean they start covering everything.”In 2012, the Election Commission had ordered to cover up the statues of then U.P. Chief Minister Mayawati and elephant, the symbol of her Bahujan Samaj Party, ahead of the Assembly polls. The same have not been covered this time.last_img read more

Thieves strike at judge’s house, steal trees in Madhya Pradesh

first_imgA gang of five thieves struck at the residence of Arun Kumar Singh, a district court judge and chopped off four sandalwood trees from the premises, before decamping with the logs, police said on Saturday. Police said Justice Singh and his family members were asleep when the incident took place, adding that the thieves cut the trees after threatening the judge’s police guard at gunpoint.The incident took place during the intervening night of Thursday and Friday, police said, adding that the thieves cut the trees after threatening the judge’s police guard at gunpoint.The police guard, Budhi Lal Kol, lodged a complaint with the police in this regard.“As per the complaint, one of the thieves first entered district and sessions court judge Arun Kumar Singh’s bungalow in Civil Lines area on the intervening night of November 14 and 15. He threatened Kol with a country-made pistol. Soon, four other accomplices joined him and held the guard captive,” City Superintendent of Police Shivendra Singh told PTI.“Within 10 minutes, the accused cut the sandalwood trees and fled with the logs. Total four guards, including Kol, were stationed at different locations at the bungalow when the incident took place. However, the thieves did not harm anyone,” he said.Police said the judge and his family members were asleep when the incident took place. According to Singh, police suspect that the accused were from Uttar Pradesh’s Kannauj, which is home to several manufacturing units of incense sticks and perfumes.“In the past, Rewa police had arrested some people from Kannauj for cutting and stealing sandalwood trees from the city,” the CSP said.“Sandalwood is used in making incense sticks and perfume. The cost of the trees stolen from the judge’s house could be around ₹3 to 5 lakh,” he said. Singh said that police have registered a case in this connection and launched a search to catch the accused.last_img read more