Soweto-born vocalist Lorraine Klaasen pays homage to “Mama Africa” on her new Justin Time recording titled A Tribute to Miriam Makeba. This is the follow up to her triumphant release Africa Calling and has received a Juno Award nomination in the world music category. Eleven new songs grace this fascinating program that features Senegalese guitarist Assane Seck, Benin-born percussionist Moise Yawo Matey and her longtime bassist Sebastian Andrew Whiteman.
Ms. Klaasen’s voice is powerful and rings with joy on six classic Miriam Makeba compositions including the popular “Click Song,” a Xhosa play song which incorporates the technique of ‘click singing;’ “Jolinkomo” the Xhosa praise song that young women sing when they cheer their young men into battle; and “Lorraine” a song of self-reflection, among others. Among the more memorable highlights are Makeba’s “Pata Pata,” and “Iphindela,” which concludes the recording.
Overall, this is a fine tribute to one of the world’s most beloved singers and receives the benefits of Lorraine Klaasen’s prolific storytelling and lovely vocals.
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