South African Singer Lorraine Klaasen Coming to Waldorf Artist Series

Forest City will soon echo with the sounds of South Africa as Waldorf University welcomes Lorraine Klaasen on Oct. 20.

The famed South African jazz singer will electrify and inspire when she hits the stage at the Immanuel Lutheran Church at 7 p.m. as she delivers her infectious African/Caribbean sound fused with jazzy, swaying rhythms and beats. This exciting performance is part of the Waldorf Community Artist Series & Arts Midwest presented by Waldorf University.


Born and raised in Soweto, Klaasen has wowed audiences worldwide with her dynamic stage presence and showmanship. A 2013 JUNO winner for World Music Album of the Year, Klaasen is the daughter of legendary South African jazz singer Thandie Klaasen, and was influenced by South Africa’s music giants of the 1950s and 1960s such as Miriam Makeba, Dolly Rathebe, Dorothy Masuka, Sophie Mgcina and Busi Mhlongo.

Her latest album, “Nouvelle Journee,” features new musical styles with songs in the Tsonga, Sotho, isiZulu, and Xhosa languages of South Africa, as well as in English and French. Her lyrics touch on the importance of family, empathy, love and hope.

Tickets can be purchased by contacting the Waldorf University Music Department at 641-585-8180 or from the Forest City Chamber of Commerce or at the door of any of the Artist Series events. Individual event prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Season tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for senior citizens, $70 for a family.

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