Durban Living Legend – Penelope Jane Dunlop
Penelope Jane Dunlop, born in 1960 in Durban is better known as PJ Powers or Thandeka. She has enjoyed a highly successful musical career in South Africa spanning more than 15 years. She is one of the few white entertainers who crossed cultural barriers and attracted a diverse audience. P.J. Powers has recorded 15 albums and is well known for her UK chart hit “World In Union” (with Ladysmith Black Mambazo) in 1995.
Banned in music
In 1988, PJ Powers was banned from radio and TV for a year by the apartheid government for performing with Miriam Makeba and Harry Belafonte at a charity concert for war orphans in Zimbabwe. She was encouraged to continue her singing by Nelson Mandela, who sent her an encouraging letter from Victor Verster Prison in Cape Town. Thandeka has been extensively involved with the Reach For a Dream Foundation, as well as the Hamlet Foundation.