Mourners who gathered to bid final farewell to Jazz icon Thandi Klaasen on Friday were treated to an emotional musical tribute by veteran actress and musician Abigail Kubeka.
When Abigail took to the stage at Thandi’s funeral in Alberton, Johannesburg to sing a rendition of Frank Sinatra’s My Way, she touched the hearts of many as she twisted the lyrics to suit the emotional moment. She replaced the words “my way” with “Thandi’s way” and sent goose bumps on her audience.
Watch her heart-wrenching tribute here;
Today, hundreds of people – friends, family, fans and high-profile personalities including former president Thabo Mbeki, Dorothy Masuku, Caiphus Semenya and Abigail Kubheka gathered at the DJ Thomas Hall in Alberton to bid the final farewell to jazz legend Thandi Klaasen.
So far, it has been a flood of emotions at the service with those close to Klaasen fondly remembering the contribution she made to the country. She made a lot of positive impact through her music which she will forever be remembered for.
Legendary singer Thandi died on January 15 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Shortly after, Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa confirmed the news that the Nelson Mandela favourite singer Thandi Klaasen has died at the age of 86.
“We are saddened to learn that Jazz Legend Thandi Klaasen has passed on. Our thoughts are with her daughter Lorraine, her loved ones, & fans,” Mthethwa wrote on Twitter.
Since then, it’s been raining tributes for the renowned South African musician and political stalwart who had a long and illustrious career. Celebrities and high-profile personalities joined in paying tribute and bidding a final farewell to Icon Thandi Klaasen.
The musician and political stalwart’s final resting place is among heroes at the Thomas Nkosi Memorial Park, Heroes Acre in Boksburg.