We’ve been getting some snippets about ladies who performed in Durban during the Cookie Look era and I thought I’d collect them together. I haven’t quite made up my mind how to lay out the page so I expect things are going to look pretty rough for a while. Where we get lots of information about a person we might even migrate them to their own page.
You’re welcome to submit information and pictures to me at the address on the Contact page.
Adrienne Montes sent in the picture of Mercia with Joy Martin who was also a singer. Joy was Adrienne’s mother and her father was ‘King of the Gypsies’ who had a fortune-telling caravan on the Durban beachfront for many years. Adrienne also sent in the link to a recording of Mercia singing Summertime.
I’ve been very slow off the mark but I was reminded that I had been sent some pictures of Mercia by Paula Santa-Rita. She wrote:
I took these pictures of Mercia and some friends when she was in LM for holidays in 1970, I think, though it might have been early 71?. She and her friends stayed at the downtown Hotel Tivoli and I drove them around to Costa do Sol one day by ferry across the bay to Catembe another day, we spent quite a lot of time together in LM. In these pictures you can also see my friend from Mozambique Sonia Lavinas who after spending many years in Brazil is now living in Lisbon Portugal. See Paula’s original correspondence and subsequent reader comments here.