Thandi Klaasen (née Mpambane) died on January 15, 2017.
She was a jazz musician from Sophiatown, Gauteng.
Klaasen was the mother of singer Lorraine Klaasen.
She grew up in Sophiatown, the daughter of a shoemaker and a domestic worker.
As a teenager, she was attacked with acid and her face was permanently scarred.
Klaasen’s career as a singer and dancer began in the mid-1950s.
During 1961, Klaasen moved to London to work in the musical King Kong.
Klaasen performed with Dolly Rathebe, Miriam Makeba, Dorothy Masuka, and others.
Thandi Klaasen died from pancreatic cancer.