The Music Haven’s 2013 summer season was unfortunately delayed when the scheduled opening concert by Malian guitar great Vieux Farka Toure’s performance – slated for Sunday, July 7 – was cancelled due to unsafe weather conditions.
Disappointing to be sure, but Music Haven concert-goers still got a dose of great African music when South African vocalist Lorraine Klaasen launched the belated series on Sunday, July 14.
The Soweto-bred Klaasen – the daughter of Tandie Klaasen, who known as the Ella Fitzgerald of South Africa — brought her band African Connexion to the Central Park concert venue in Schenectady to deliver the joyous, infectious beat of township music. Much of the free concert was devoted to a tribute to Africa’s iconic musical legend Miriam Makeba, but Klaasen hit her highwater mark with a towering, tour de force performance of the Gershwins’ classic “Summertime.”
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