The Book Revue is delighted to be hosting P.J Powers in September when she will talk about her book, Here I Am. This book tells the story of a life not always well lived but lived with passion, honesty and verve. Told with sometimes heartrending honesty P.J recounts her start in life, her love for music and the places it has taken her. Tracking her personal story is of course the political story of South Africa and it makes a fascinating mix.

Starting off her musical career in a girl band, Pantha, P.J has played in every venue ranging from the dreary hotels of the East Rand, the buzzing Bella Napoli, Maputo, Jabulani Stadium in Soweto and many international venues. Success came to her in a divided South Africa – her music was loved by both black and white audiences  and she played to huge crowds in the townships  along with the South African greats of Brenda Fassie, Steve Kekana et al. Renamed Thandeka by a loving Soweto crowd,  P.J shrugged off the shackles of being white in apartheid South Africa and found herself. Hard times, hard liquor, bad agents, worse decisions but  great music are all part of this story.

Date: 9th September 2014
Venue: Gingko restaurant, 61 Dundalk Avenue, Parkview