Zelda Benjamin is this month’s Supper Club guest at the Museum’s Supper Club on Thursday 31 August. In an oral history interview conducted by the Museum’s sound archive several years ago, Ms Benjamin recalls how she first became aware of her love of jazz when listening to records at her aunt’s home. Growing up in District Six, she remembers how she and a group of her friends would spend Saturday afternoons improvising with music and through this process she discovered her own singing voice.
Although she trained as a nurse, Zelda managed to find the time to sign on stage and at club gigs. One of her earliest performances was at the Naaz. She says: “I very bravely got up and walked to the microphone and started to sing ‘It might as well be spring’ and ‘Delilah’ … the one that Nat King Cole sings.” She received a glowing review from a reporter from The Post and a Mr Parker invited her to perform every Saturday. She sang in a dance band called The Ray Johnson Quartet; she appeared as a guest artist on the African Jazz Variety and the African Follies with Mariam Makeba and Thandi Klaasen.
Many more venues were blessed with Zelda’s heartwarming performances, and it is an honour for the Museum to be welcoming her as our August – Women’s Month – guest.
JOIN ZELDA AS SHE SHARES HER MUSICAL JOURNEY ON THURSDAY 31 AUGUST @ 18h00, at the DISTRICT SIX MUSEUM HOMECOMING CENTRE, 15 Buitenkant Street.
Tickets are R 150 and can be booked by calling or emailing Chantal Delilie on 021 4667200 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome drink and samoosas for starters
Lamb OR beans curry (vegetarian) with rice
Apple pie with custard for dessert
Koesisters for afters served with coffee or tea
BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL!
(With thanks to Jazz on the Vlei for supplying the image)