Mahalia Jackson (New Orleans, 26 oktober 1911 – Chicago, 27 januari 1972) … She reminds us of Zus Herbrink and Tina Turner.
- Queen of Gospel
- A major icon for black America in the 1950s and 1960s
- She sang at the White House and she also met the pope in 1961
- An activist standing besides Martin Luther King (28 augustus 1963)
- And she sang at the funeral of Martin Luther King too, his favorite song.
The odd thing is, she totally looks like (white) Ms Zus Herbrink, born in Lemelerveld, the Netherlands. Before she got married, she was known as Marietje Neppelenbroek (1925-2014).
Zus Herbrink was Maud Oortwijn’s aunt. As a child, Maud Oortwijn every summer stayed a weekend with her aunt in Vilsteren, untill she was about 10 years old.
Right: Picture of Carnaval in Vilsteren, 1975. Ms Zus Herbrink is standing on the right, next to prince Carnaval, in red, not looking towards the camera.
Them looking alike, becomes especially apparent in this interview. Zus Herbrink would only need a wig and amazingly good dark foundation, as she is for sure white. Her voice, the sound of her giggle, the eyes, eyebrows, cheeks, overall shape of face, mouth, teeth, movements of her head… it all looks exactly like Zus Herbrink, but with a brown skin.
We asked Maud about the racial backgrounds of her aunt. Maud herself tested her DNA and she is 100% Northern/Western European. So, if Zus Herbrink is really her aunt, she is also 100% Northern/Western European DNA-wise. We are certainly not racial purists, but do not appreciate being lied to on these matters, especially not when someone plays a leading role as an activist for black civil rights.
Ms Zus Herbrink was a quiet sweet Catholic grandma-type, wearing brown-grey grandma dresses. Always sensible shoes. Living in a small ydillic village in the Eastern part of Holland. She ran a farm together with her husband Johan, untill he passed away. Ms Zus Herbrink did often work at the local church, helping out the vicar with the programme and flowers etc. Her daughter Ans sang in this church in Vilsteren. But as far as we know, Zus Herbrink did not. She was a positive, kind, smiling woman.
That’s what Maud could tell about her, what she remembered as a kid. Aunt Zus Herbrink laughed a lot (giggling to herself), while often it was unclear what she was giggling about. She would not explain her laughter. She didnot talk much. Uncle Johan Herbrink was the more obvious and loud joker. Making fun of everything. Odd comments and weird voices to us kids. No visible wigs, no high heels and certainly no shiny short dresses or other soul outfits. They did have a very large elpee collection.
What is an insane coincidence, is how uncle Johan looks like the (darker) version of Ike Turner (especially the 1970s photos). A spitting image. Just some dark shoeshine added. Nothing else is needed to make him look like Ike. What about that? But aunt Zus and uncle Johan lived happily ever after, without ever mentioning any divorce or fight between them. So it can’t be. Right?
Unfortunatelly, Zus Herbrink passed away already. She would have been perfect as an actor for a movie about the life of Mahalia Jackson. Even her voice is similar. Zus Herbrink died in 2014, the internet tells us. Maud has not seen her since 1990, when Zus’ husband uncle Johan passed away (Maud attended the funeral, open cascade). Her yearly weekends way in Vilsteren ended about 7 years before that (1984 or so).
But we still have Tina Turner. She also has a similar shape in face and an amazing voice. She has a very typical Tina sound (like she has been singing too loud the day before). Oddly, with Mahalia Jackson, we hear that sound in Mahalia’s voice only sometimes in interviews, especially when she laughs. And that laugh sounds a lot like Zus Herbrink. Zus Herbrink’s voice always sounded like she had been using her voice too loud the night before. But she did not came across as someone who would visit the local pub for more than a tea on Sunday afternoon. In short, Zus Herbrink would have been a perfect match for the film role of Mahalia Jackson. We are 100% sure.
Tina Turner, we see as almost a 100% perfect match for the role. Her nose is a bit different. But she can certainly perform the role. Her voice is similar. She need to simply gain 30 kg, lose the red lipstick and change her wig. Extra nose make-up to make it look more round. That’s all. Tina Turner would be an excellent match for the role of Mahalia.