The biggest surprise of Lana Crowster’s 20-year plus career as a musician is quite simply that she has a career in an industry that is not often welcoming to women. In 2018 the songwriter, vocalist, educator, band leader and record label owner founded The Lady Day Big Band – South Africa’s first women-only big band. The project was 10 years in the making and something she sees as necessary for the development of young women musicians and for creating a safe space for them to follow their passion for performance. The University of Cape Town and New York University alumnus who hails from the Cape Flats sees her role as a changemaker for women of colour. After 20 years of creating her own opportunities and going against advice to not pursue music, paving the way for other women seems the perfect way for Crowster to cement her legacy.
I have always been driven by a passion to make a difference through telling powerful stories.