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Jacobus (Koos) Johannes du Plessis (10 May 1945 – 15 January 1984) was a prominent South Africansinger-songwriter and poet, colloquially known as Koos Doep. Although he received critical acclaim for much of his work, he became best known for the runaway success of a rendition of his song Kinders van die Wind (Children of the Wind) by Laurika Rauch.
Koos du Plessis was born in Rustenburg. He was the youngest of four children, and grew up in the mining town of Springs. After school, he attended the University of Pretoria, and the University of the Witwatersrand, majoring in Afrikaans-Nederlands (Afrikaans-Dutch). At university he met his future wife, Mornay. The couple had three daughters, Irma, Karien and Karla. Koos would eventually write a song for each of these four women in his life.
Koos worked as journalist and editor for several Afrikaans publications (Oggendblad, Die Vaderland, Die Nataller en Die Transvaler). He died in a car accident close to Krugersdorp during the early morning hours of 15 January 1984.
In 2010 two albums were released in The Netherlands. First Ofschaaid Zunder Woorden, an album with songs of Du Plessis sung in Grunnegs by Wia Buze and Klaas Spekken. Karla du Plessis joins for a special duet on this album. Secondly Die Land Van Blou Saffiere is released in the Tussen Kontinente-series. This release is a hardcover book with a biography, lyrics with footnotes and explanations, backgrounds and a cd with 20 of his songs.
Karin Kortje (born 12 August 1980) is the winner of the third season of Idols in South Africa. With her in the final was Gift Gwe.
After announcing the winner on 27 November 2005, M-Net released the voting results for the top 12. During each week's count Karin received the most votes and was thus the most popular contestant during the entire Idols III. Karin received 65% of the final votes
After winning Idols, Karin moved to Johannesburg to record her debut album "Forever And A Day". Karin wanted the songs to have an inspirational message. The album was recorded and released on 11 November 2006! The debut single was “I am so ready”. It was released in CD format with two bonus tracks "Ordinary People" & "Joy To The World". The album received gold status, selling more than 20 000 copies.
Karin met former South Africa President, Nelson Mandela shortly after winning Idols. In 2006 Karin won the You Magazine You Spectacular award for "News Maker Of The Year". Karin graced the covers of several magazines including Sarie, Huisgenoot and You Magazines. Karin then took a break from the lime light.
Karin got married to Shaundore Aspeling on 29 August 2009 in her hometown Grabouw. Gift Gwe, runner–up in Idols Season 3, performed for her on her wedding day. She has 3 sons: Cameron, Tobin & Sergio.
In 2009, Karin teamed with new management. She released a brand new single "Love In The First Degree" without a recording deal. The song was no 1 on both Goodhope Fm & Heart 104.9 fm's SA TOP 10 Charts. The song stayed no 1 for a couple of weeks. It was also featured on DJ Keiths album! 
In 2011 Karin played in the musical "This Is My Life" telling her life story, before, during and after Idols, with Idols Winner, Season 4, Jody Williams. The show ran for a second season. This time featuring Karin and Emo Adams's older brother Loukmaan Adams.
|Idols (South Africa)
Season 3 (2005)
Die Grafsteensangers (the tombstone singers) is a comical entertainment group in South Africa. The 12 members of the group, with ages varying between 18 and 83, sing mostly old Afrikaans songs with straight faces and in old costumes.
They have produced four CDs, one video and one DVD, and have performed at all the major Afrikaans arts festivals: Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK), Aardklop, Innibos, Volksbladfees, Suidoosterfees and UKkasie - a former Afrikaans art festival in London.
|Born||5 March 1946|
|Instruments||Guitar and voice|
Anton Goosen (born 5 March, 1946)is a South African musician and songwriter. He became a pivotal figure in Afrikaans music and is generally regarded as the father of Afrikaans Rock. His influence was not, however, limited to genre. His contribution to the music industry was much more profound as he led a continuous protest against the status quo in his music.
|1979||Sarie Award||Best composition for Kruidjie-Roer-My-Nie|
|1979||Sarie Award||Best Singer of the Year|
|1999||ATKV||Contribution to Afrikaans music DECLINED|
|2001||Geraas||Lifelong contribution to Afrikaans music|
|2001||SAMA||Album of the year for Om te Breyten|
|2003||SAMA||Best Afrikaans album of the year for Vis innie bos|
|2005||Vonk||Oskar for Groen Blomme|
|2006||Volksblad||Artist of the year|
|2009||Academy of Arts and Science||Centenary Medal|
|2009||SAMA||Lifetime achievement award|
|2010||ATKV East Pretoria||Songwriting award|
|2011||Voortrekkers||Medal of Honour|
|2013||Inniebos||Contribution to Afrikaans music|
Bles Bridges (22 July 1947, Viljoensdrif, Free State) – 24 March 2000), born Lawrence John Gabriel Bridges, was a much-loved South African singer. He became known as Bles Bridges, as his Irish grandfather called him Bles (i.e. bald), due to his very thin hair from an early age.
He released his first album in 1982, Onbekende Weermagman (Unknown Soldier). His professional career began in 1984, with the release of his second album, Bles, which went gold in under a month (25,000 copies) and included Maggie, one of his better-known songs. The album had sold twice that by the time his third album was released. At the time of his death, Bles had sold more than two and a half million albums (records and CDs).
Soon Bles Bridges began alternating between Afrikaans and English language albums, to great acclaim. He also began working with Eurovision South Africa. In 2000, he began recording an album with his friends in the music industry. The first song - a duet with Patricia Lewis (and his last song as it turned out, as he died within a week of finishing it) - was "The First Kiss Goodnight" by Dennis East; it was recorded on 21 March 2000.
In the 1980s, he held a concert in support of the AWB Volkshulpskema (People's Help Scheme) that raised 10,000 Rand (he was there as an artist, and by personal belief).
He had cancer during the 1980s and gave generously to charity for cancer research after his recovery.
Leonie was his sound engineer and the composer and/or songwriter of most of his songs, including most of his biggest hits, including "Maggie" and "I am the Eagle, you're the Wind", among others.
His biggest hit was "Ruiter van die Windjie" (Rider of the Wind), which was released in 1986.
He loved life and roses, and it was his custom to hand out roses to some of the female audience members in the front row at his concerts.
His career highlight was when he performed to a soldout "Superbowl" at Sun City, five times on one weekend, becoming the first and only artist to do so, as feature artist on 14 and 15 May 1987. He actually managed to draw a bigger crowd than Frank Sinatra did when he opened the Superbowl in 1982.
Bles died in a motorcar accident on 24 March 2000, leaving behind his wife, Leonie, and children Sunette and Victor. More than 15,000 mourners turned up for his funeral.
He starred in a 1989 movie called The Devil and the Song.
Mimi Coertse (born 12 June 1932) is a South Africans oprano.
Coertse, born in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, matriculated at the Helpmekaar Girls High School in Johannesburg. She began vocal studies in South Africa in 1949.In July 1953 she married the broadcaster and composer Dawid Engela. She left South Africa in September 1953 for London, and then went via The Hague to Vienna. In January 1954 she started training with Maria Hittorff and Josef Witt.
Coertse made her debut in January 1955 as the First Flower girl in Wagner's Parsifal at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Karl Böhm conducting. She also sang in Basle at the Teatro San Carlo. On 17 March 1956 she made her debut at the Vienna State Opera as the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte by Mozart and remained with the Vienna State Opera until 1978. Her Covent Garden debut was in 1956, in the same role.
Coertse sang the soprano part in Bach's Matthäus-Passion at Fritz Wunderlich's first appearance in Vienna in 1958, when he performed the tenor arias with Julius Patzak singing the Evangelist. In 1958, Coertse and Fritz Wunderlich again worked together at the Aix-en-Provence festival in Die Zauberflöte. In 1965, she sang Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Vienna State Opera which also featured Fritz Wunderlich as Belmonte.
Her repertoire also includes:
Coertse has sung in theatres at Aix-en-Provence, Athens, Barcelona, Brussels, Covent Garden, Düsseldorf, Glyndebourne, Graz, Hamburg, Linz, London, Melk, Naples, Palermo, Salzburg, Stuttgart, The Hague, Turin and Wiesbaden and with conductors like Karl Böhm, Vittorio Gui, Alberto Erede, Heinrich Hollreiser, Herbert von Karajan, Joseph Keilberth, Jascha Horenstein, Rudolf Kempe, Josef Krips, Rafael Kubelík, Erich Leinsdorf, Wilhelm Loibner, Lorin Maazel, Dimitri Mitropoulos, Edouard van Remoortel, Rudolf Moralt, Heinz Wallberg, Nello Santi, Giuseppe Patane, John Pritchard, Argeo Quadri, Mario Rossi, Sir Malcolm Sargent, Hermann Scherchen, Georg Solti, Hans Swarowsky, Horst Stein, George Szell, Silvio Varviso, Antonino Votto and Berislav Klobučar.
Among the famous singers who have partnered her were Eberhard Wächter, Jean Madeira, Giuseppe di Stefano, Alfredo Kraus, George London, Walter Berry, Rudolf Christ, Renate Holm, Boris Christoff, Anton Dermota, Otto Edelmann, Cesare Siepi, Giuseppe Taddei, Ettore Bastianini, Luciano Pavarotti, Aldo Protti, Simon Estes, Hilde Gueden, Johannes Heesters, Sena Jurinac, Waldemar Kmentt, Peter Schreier, Gottlob Frick, Paul Schöffler, Erich Kunz, Christa Ludwig, Julius Patzak, Murray Dickie, Luigi Alva, Helge Rosvaenge, Rudolf Schock, Birgit Nilsson, Teresa Stich-Randall, Gwyneth Jones, Otto Wiener, Heinz Holecek and Giuseppe Zampieri.
She is also well known in South Africa for Afrikaans art songs.
Since returning to South Africa in 1973 she has been a regular guest on South African stages and also a frequent broadcaster on radio and television. In recent years she has devoted her time to exposing young South African singers to the neglected art of Lieder singing which can be artistically even more demanding than opera singing. Her support for her fellow South African musicians has been outstanding - as may be witnessed in her Debut with Mimi and through the Mimi Coertse Bursary.
In 1998 Mimi Coertse and Neels Hansen founded The Black Tie Ensemble, a development project which enables young, classically trained singers to bridge the gap between training and professional performance. This project has developed into the most exciting classical singing ensemble in South Africa, and is now on the brink of becoming a vibrant, new, young opera company. A project for future stars of Africa! The Ensemble, sponsored by Sappi, performs operas at the State Theatre (Pretoria), Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens (Johannesburg) and the Civic Theatre (Johannesburg).
This address to Mimi Coertse was given by Countess Christl Schönfeld (for many years organiser of the Wiener Opernball):
"Vienna, March 1996
My beloved Mimi!
Can you still remember the 17th March 1956, exactly forty years ago, when you came completely excited into my room in the Viennese Opera, and said to me with a trembling voice: "Just imagine, Böhm asked me to stand in as QUEEN OF THE NIGHT this evening. Rita Streich got suddenly sick and had to call off. My debut should have been later in the Viennese house and now I have to stand in for one of the most wonderful Queens of the Night! Please, keep your fingers crossed for me. I have sung this part very often; but, as a stand-in and even a début… Oh God!" Of course, I saw the performance, of course, I crossed my fingers for her and – to cut a long story short, that evening Vienna found a new opera-favourite - MIMI COERTSE - and you got a contract at the Viennese Opera!
That happened forty years ago. You have sung many, many parts in the following nearly two decades. Unforgettable are your parts as GILDA, TRAVIATA, OLYMPIA, CONSTANCE, DONNA ELVIRA and DONNA ANNA, NEDDA, ZERBINETTA, FIAKER-MILLI, LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR and the "SPANISH HOUR", and also your "MERRY WIDOW", which you have sung more than one hundred times with Johannes HEESTERS in the "Redoutensaal". When I was in your home country a few years ago I saw you sing the part of the FIGARO COUNTESS in PRETORIA, and time seemed to have stood still. The beauty of your voice has not changed and the timbre was as fascinating as ever - I came to see FIGARO six times! A few days ago I met a friend of ours who told me that he had heard you sing in a POP-CONCERT in Cape Town! You were absolutely wonderful.
In 1966 you were appointed AUSTRIAN CHAMBER SINGER (Kammersängerin). At that time I ran the so-called "’Ordenskanzlei’ (honours committee) of the federal theatres" and wrote the application of the Viennese State Opera to the Austrian President as follows: "Mrs. Coertse is one the most important members of the ensemble, not only because of her extremely beautiful and cultivated voice, her exemplary technique and, above all, her attractive appearance on stage but also because of her absolute reliability and constant devotedness." On 5 October 1966 the former Minister of Education and Culture, Dr. Theodor PIFFL-PERCEVIC, presented the decree to you during a very warm and beautiful celebration.
Dear Mimi, when I think back to all those years, vivid memories of all the happy but also sometimes sad days come to my mind. You have become one of the greatest artists but also one of the loveliest and most faithful persons. You were always dependable concerning art but also concerning friendship with me."
Herr Karl Löbl, cultural editor of an entire epoch, and latterly head of the Department of Culture at the Austrian ORF, wrote this text himself for the REPORT
"Mimi Coertse: I have pleasant memories of your distinctive timbre and your sweet but never too sentimental voice. This voice could convey situations, fates of women, and feelings in a realistic way: when MIMI COERTSE sang and acted the distraction of LUCIA, the despair of NORMA, the grief of KONSTANZE, the threatening doll-like appearance of OLYMPIA or the fear of death of VIOLETTA VALERY, the audience was deeply moved. Also the part of NEDDA, the FIAKERMILLI, GILDA and DONNA ANNA... and and and...I find myself discovering more and more roles that MIMI COERTSE sang at the Vienna State Opera and People's Opera, but also in Graz. Many people came to the opera because of her virtuous and fascinating singing. The people wanted to hear her sing again and again."
|Birth name||Hendrik Jacobs|
|Born||21 June 1981
Pretoria, South Africa
|Occupations||Actor, musician, entertainer|
|Instruments||vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion, harmonica|
Hennie Jacobs (born June 20, 1981) is a South African-born musician, songwriter and actor.
Jacobs was born and raised in Pretoria and is the youngest of three children (he has an older brother and sister). After matriculating from Waterkloof High School (Pretoria) in 1999, he studied a B.Comm (Hotel and Tourism Management) for a year at the University of Pretoria and stayed in the Sonop residence.
He then went on to study drama at Technikon, Pretoria where he received his National Diploma in 2003. Whilst studying at Technikon he performed in eighteen stage productions including Maid in the New South-Africa, a production by Clive Morris. In recognition of his work during this time, he received two awards for best actor and one award for best supporting actor.
In December 2005, he worked along with Lizz Meiring in Karla en die Kersknol, and shared the stage with a number of well known South African names such as Elzabe Zietsman and Sarah Theron; music direction was done by Heidi Edeling. Later that year he appeared in Song vir Katryn 2 and Dryfsand, both SonneBlom productions.
During 2006, he appeared in a further Lizz Meiring production, Dames en Here. The production was performed at the Aardklop Arts festival, where he was nominated for best actor. Whilst at the arts festival he shared the music stage with Jannie du Toit, Christa Steyn, Richard van der Westhuizen, Lochner de Kock, Lize Beekman and Louis van Rensburg.
In 2007, Jacobs performed in the STOK VOORT! production at both the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK) and the Volksblad Arts Festivals the other cast members of STOK VOORT! consisted of Leon Ecroignard, Wouter van de Venter and Jahn Beukes.
Also in 2007, he played the role of Deon in the South African feature film Poena is Koning, which premiered on 21 September.At the Aardklop Arts Festival in 2007, Jacobs performed with Marissa Vosloo in the Idil Sheard translation of Athol Fugard’s Valley Song (Lied van die Vallei), where the theatre critic Paul Boekkooi reviewed the play saying:
This (production) is old school theatre, idealistic and almost flawless - it makes the heart beat with condensed milk rather that blood.
In January 2008, Jacobs performed in Cape Town at the Suidoosterfees in the play Sy’t ’n Ding oor Liefde (My Thing over Love), by Alexandra Gersten with Deon Coetzee, Shareen Swart and Vuyelwa Booi. They also performed the play in April 2008 at the Weskus Kunstemakietie.
During 2009, at the KKNK, Volksblad and Aardklop festivals, Jacobs performed opposite Christo Davids in Athol Fugard’s, Bloed Broers (The Blood Knot). The play was translated by Kobus J Kotze and directed by Zane Meas.
At the Aardklop festival in 2009 Jacobs also performed with Chris Vorster and Diaan Lawrenson in Vrydag is Skeidag. The play was written and also directed by Chris Vorster. In 2010 Marion Holm replaced Diaan Lawrenson (who was pregnant at the time) at the Volksblad Arts festival and the Centurion theatre. Diaan then rejoined cast after the birth of her daughter and performed at the Innibos festival in September 2010.
Jacobs also performed in the Chris Vorster production of Amper in 2011 with Ben Kruger. He then went on to assistant direct another Chris Voster production Buurtwag.
In 2012, Jacobs interpreted the role of Hally in the Athol Fugard masterpiece Master Harold and the Boys alongside Christo Davids (as Willie) and Terence Bridgette (as Sam) . The Afrikaans translation was done by Idil Sheard. The play was directed by Zane Meas and premiered at the Clover Aardklop National Arts Festival.
Later that year, Chris Vorster casted Jacobs in the cabaret, Die geval van die Mal Huisvrou with Karen Wessels which also premiered at the Clover Aardklop National Arts Festival.
In 2013, Jacobs played the lead role in the Nico Luwes, production Die Buite Egtelike Oupa which premiered at the Vryfees Festival in Bloemfontein. The sold out play was so successful that additional shows were added.
Since November 2006 he has been performing full time in the Danie Odendaal Production 7de Laan, a South African soap, as the character Diederik Greyling.
He recorded his debut CD Chilli Confessions in September 2006. He never released this album, due to scheduling conflicts as he started working at 7de Laan as a full time actor.
In August 2012 the record company Vonk Musiek released Jacobs's first commercial album Velcrohart. The music video for the hit song Soen was produced and directed by VPH Films.
In November 2008 Hennie Jacobs and his fianceé Marissa Vosloo fell victim to a hijacker at a petrol station at Paulshof in northern Johannesburg. Nobody was injured.
On Saturday, 6 December 2008, Hennie Jacobs married Marissa Vosloo in an African setting in a Shebeen-themed wedding. Their first daughter Nua Audrey Esthe Jacobs was born on the 22nd of January 2010. Their second daughter Tali Anah Ella Jacobs was born on the 14th of March 2013.
|Watkin Tudor Jones|
|Birth name||Watkin Tudor Jones|
|Also known as||Ninja
The Man Who Never Came Back
MC Totally Rad
|Born||26 September 1974
Johannesburg, South Africa
|Genres||Alternative hip hop, rave|
|Labels||Interscope, Cherrytree,Polydor, Rhythm Records|
|Associated acts||The Original Evergreen
The Constructus Corporation
Watkin Tudor Jones (born 26 September 1974), currently known by his stage name Ninja, is a South African rapper, record producer, performance artist and satirist. Previously, he has recorded under several different names, Max Normal and MC Totally Rad being some of the most prominent.
Watkin Tudor Jones was a part of South African hip-hop scene for many years, fronting such acts as The Original Evergreens, MaxNormal.TV and The Constructus Corporation. He is known for adopting different stage personas. He currently co-fronts the group Die Antwoord under the name Ninja.
Jones has released several albums under different guises (including the Sibot-produced The Fantastic Kill and Markus Wormstorm-produced promo-only EP "Emmanuel Rothchild - My Favourite Songs" and "Markus Wormstorm Is Not Gay"), and expanded into graphic art, stuffed animal making, and other aspects of his creativity. He has a daughter named Sixteen with Yolandi Visser,who is also a frequent collaborator.
He now lives in Cape Town, and comes from Johannesburg where he attended Parktown Boys' High School, graduating in 1993.
Jones was the lead vocalist of Max Normal, a live hip hop act, which released their debut and only album entitled Songs From The Mall in 2001. The band performed at various festivals around South Africa, including Up the Creek, Splashy Fen, and Oppikoppi. They also played in London and three shows at the Pukkelpop Festival in Belgium.A second version of this band evolved into the 'corporate' hip-hop group MaxNormal.tv in which they released an album, Good Morning South Africa," in 2008 with a sound not unlike the latter formed and more well-known group "Die Antwoord." They were a South African hip-hop crew that performed live wearing three-piece suits while frontman MaxNormal delivered his motivational speaking style raps to the audience. He also illustrated his lyrics to help the audience follow which were projected onto a big screen above the live performers and are triggered live to the beat by Max's personal assistant, Yolandi Visser, in a PowerPoint presentation style.
In early 2002, Jones disbanded Max Normal, just as the band was reaching South African stardom, headlining festivals like Oppikoppi and charting on 5FM (citing being creatively stifled as reason). He relocated to Cape Town and began collaborating with DJ Dope of Krushed & Sorted and Felix Laband on the music for a multi-media project he had conceptualised involving a graphic novel with soundtrack and live show. These sessions spawned the Man Who Never Came Back track on African Dope's 'Cape Of Good Dope' compilation in 2002, but gradually mutated into The Constructus Corporation outfit. Yolandi Visser, listed as Anica The Snuffling on the credits, was also involved.
When Jones disbanded Max Normal in early 2002, he and long-time DJ partner Sibot invited Markus Wormstorm and Felix Laband to collaborate on his ambitious The Constructus Corporation project, which resulted in the concept album / graphic novel The Ziggurat (ADOPECD009 African Dope Records 2002).
After a production process including mix and master by Krushed & Sorted, in December 2002 "The Ziggurat" was released. This is an 88-page pink hard-covered book containing a hand-written hiphop fantasy story by Jones, which follows the adventures of two kids on a giant futuristic floating world / shopping mall called The Ziggurat, with detailed etched digital illustrations by artist Nikhil Singh, a soundtrack CD on which Jones plays several different characters, and a bonus blank CD at the back of the book with instructions on where to download an entire second album of music and narrations for free, with which to fill the CD. The Constructus Corporation disbanded in early 2003.
Tudor-Jones' current project is rap-rave group Die Antwoord in which he records under the pseudonym "Ninja", along with Yo-landi Vi$$er and DJ Hi-Tek. The band self-identifies as a melange of several diverse cultures all mixed into one. Die Antwoord toured Europe in April 2010 and the USA later that same year.Their debut album $O$ was made available as a free download on their official website. In late 2009 South African cinematographer Rob Malpage co-directed (with Waddy), co-produced (with Left Films and Die Antwoord) and lensed the video for their single "Enter the Ninja. The promo became a viral video on the internet nine months later, delivering millions of hits to the official Die Antwoord website, eventually crashing the website's server. The video also features South African progeria sufferer Leon Botha, a prominent Cape Town artist.Die Antwoord performs "Zef" music, zef being a South African slang term that describes a unique South African style which is modern and trashy and also includes out-of-date, discarded cultural and style elements. Their lyrics are funny and explicit, and performed in both Afrikaans and English.Members of the band consider themselves as Hip Hop artists, but specifically refer to their music as zef rap-rave.
Both Vi$$er and Ninja are vegetarian according to a 2012 interview.
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|Born||27 June 1951
Worcester, South Africa
David Kramer (born 27 June 1951) is a South African singer, songwriter, playwright and director, most notable for his musicals about the Cape Coloured communities, and for his early opposition to apartheid.
Kramer was born in Worcester, South Africa to a furniture merchant and a hairdresser, and spent his formative years in Worcester. His brother, John Kramer, became an artist known for his oil-on-canvas portrayal of cafés, stores and houses standing in the sharp sunlight of sleepy towns.The Kramer family name (originally Karabelnik) was adopted by his grandfather who arrived in South Africa from Lithuania in 1899, and made a living as a salesman (walking from farm to farm selling goods)
During Kramer's stay in Worcester he had some music lessons with the classical composer Cromwell Everson. He played in a South African band called The Creeps in the 1960s, and then travelled to England in 1971 to study textile design at Leeds University.
He began his music career in the mid-1970s, singing at folk clubs and campus concerts in South Africa. David pioneered the use of Cape Afrikaans and South African English in his lyrics, often using both languages in the same song. He focused on small town South Africa and employed a gritty realism and dark satire to tell his stories and describe his characters.
In his stage performances he portrayed himself as a rural everyman who traveled the dusty roads of small town South Africa with an old bicycle and a cheap guitar. He sang in the Boland patois of his youth and told stories and sang songs in both languages.
His first album BAKGAT! issued by Mountain Records was released in 1980, and was immediately banned in its entirety by the SABC because it was considered too political and vulgar for the South African ear. Despite initial setbacks, he went on to be awarded 11 gold and one platinum record for sales of his albums.
His follow-up album, Die Verhaal van Blokkies Joubert, a portrait of a has-been Springbok rugby player, rocketed him into the public eye and produced the singles Blokkies Joubert and Die Royal Hotel both of which topped singles charts on various South African Radio stations. The album reached number 11 on the South African lP charts.
His only other singles chart success was with Stoksielalleen from the Kwaai album, however he did chart with Delicious Monster, Hanepootpad and Kwaai in the albums charts. All 6 of his album releases on the Mountain label were awarded gold or platinum status.
In 1983, David was contracted by Volkswagen, South Africa, to link his idiosyncratic South African image to their Microbus. This was the beginning of a television and print campaign that won the hearts of South Africans. The campaign made David Kramer into a household name and was to continue for the next thirteen years - probably the longest running celebrity endorsement this country has seen. With his trademark red veldskoen shoes, bicycle and guitar, he became a household name as the face of the SA Volkswagen Microbus advertisements.
Kramer and Taliep Petersen first met in the mid-’70s at a folk concert staged by Des and Dawn Lindberg at the University of Cape Town. In 1986 he collaborated with Petersen on the highly acclaimed stage musical District Six, a politically influenced musical telling the story of the people of District Six in Cape Town, South Africa that were forcibly removed from the area during apartheid. It was produced by the Baxter Theatre and his wife, Renaye Kramer, and opened in April 1987.
It was also with Petersen that he created Fairyland and Kat & the Kings all to critical acclaim, the latter having successful runs on Broadway and in London's West End.
His enduring friendship with Taliep led to a work relationship based upon mutual respect that lasted until Taliep's murder in 2006. As a tribute to his long partnership with Petersen, and to honor his memory, a production called the Kramer Petersen Songbook was staged at the Baxter Theater and ran to sold out houses from the very first performance.
In December 2007, David was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Literature (Honoris Causa) by the University of Cape Town.
In 2001, David Kramer launched a show called Karoo Kitaar Blues, presenting the eccentric guitar styles of the Karoo - the unique finger-picking and tunings of a marginalised people who live in remote villages and outposts of the semi-desert areas of South Africa. A quasi-documentary, the show aimed to tell the story and document a long forgotten and almost-lost part of South Africa's musical heritage, and features unknown musicians and instruments from the Northern Cape hinterland.
As a direct result, one of these "forgotten" artists, Hannes Coetzee became an overnight YouTube sensation, and was invited to participate in a teaching workshop for Slide and Steel Guitar in Port Townsend, WA.
David Kramer has been an enduring figure on South Africa's music scene. His most recent work songs are mostly stories about ordinary life in South Africa.
|Series||Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,
Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers
Power Rangers Zeo,
Power Rangers Turbo
Power Rangers Dino Thunder
|Title(s)||Green Power Ranger
White Power Ranger
White Ninja Ranger
Red Zeo Ranger
Red Turbo Ranger
Black Dino Ranger
White (MMPR S2-3)
Black (Dino Thunder) Green (MMPR S1-2)
|First appearance||Green with Evil, Part 1 (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)|
|Last appearance||Wormhole (Power Rangers S.P.D.) (full)
Stranger Ranger (Power Rangers Megaforce) (dream)
High School Science Teacher
Currently Retired as a Ranger
Super Zeozord V
Red Lightning Turbozord
|Portrayed by||Jason David Frank
Michael R. Gotto (Young Tommy)
Jeffrey Parazzo (Voice of Tommy in Wormhole, uncredited)
Dr. Thomas "Tommy" Oliver is a fictional character from the universe of the American science fantasy television franchise Power Rangers. He is a main character in the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV series, as well as four of its successive incarnations Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers, Power Rangers Zeo, Power Rangers Turbo, and Power Rangers Dino Thunder (where he returns as a legendary Power Ranger veteran) He also appeared in the Power Rangers Wild Force episode "Forever Red" and the Power Rangers S.P.D. episode "Wormhole." He has been portrayed by actor Jason David Frank in most all of his appearances, but in the episode "Wormhole", he appeared only in Ranger form and was voiced by actor Jeffrey Parazzo. He was also infrequently portrayed by actor Michael R. Gotto in instances where the story required depicting the character during childhood, such as Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers.
Tommy is first introduced in the MMPR mini-saga, "Green with Evil", as a new student at Angel Grove High School. Tommy also faces off Jason Lee Scott, the Red Ranger and leader of the Power Rangers, in a martial arts tournament, which catches the attention of both Kimberly Hart, the Pink Ranger, and the evil witch Rita Repulsa. With Tommy's fighting talent equaled that of Jason, it prompts evil Rita to turn Tommy into the Green Power Ranger (giving him the Dragon Power Coin), while casting an evil spell to make him completely loyal to her. Following a short battle with the Putties into testing his skills, Rita gives Tommy his sole purpose for the mission to destroy Zordon, the Command Center, and the other Power Rangers, so in leaving the whole world completely defenseless against Rita's upcoming conquest.
Tommy succeeds with the majority of his mission. He's able to discard Zordon, demolish the Command Center, and even infect Alpha with a virus, while ejecting the Power Rangers from the Megazord. His Green Ranger powers give him an added tool not possessed by the other Power Rangers, the Dragon Shield. Controlled by the Dragon Dagger, the Dragon Shield promotes advanced healing and can deflect energy attacks. Added to this is the ability to generate powerful energy projectiles. Tommy, as the Green Ranger, is able to contend with all of the other Power Rangers at once, to be warded off only by their combined Dinozords, the Megazord.
After the nefarious Scorpina is released from her isolated internment, she and her newly reunited mate Goldar begin wreaking havoc together. In a then never-before-seen act of malice, Rita makes the Green Ranger (Tommy) grow huge alongside her henchmen. Together, the trio easily dispatch the Megazord and send its powerless body plummeting into the Earth's lava-filled core.
Tommy's Dragon Dagger is capable of summoning and controlling his own Zord, the Dragonzord. Once the Power Rangers' Zords are gone, Tommy summons his own to raze the defenseless city of Angel Grove. Eventually, a newly resurrected Zordon returns the Power Rangers to their Dinozords, after explaining that the Earth's lava naturally healed their Zords. As the Megazord overcomes the Dragonzord, Jason fights Tommy alone in a final battle that witnesses Jason narrowly outmatch Tommy, destroying his Sword of Darkness, a weapon given to him by Rita that maintains the evil spell over Tommy. In order to atone for his evil deeds, Tommy agrees to Zordon's rules as in being a true Power Ranger, and so accepts a communicator from Billy Cranston, the Blue Ranger, and dedicates himself and his powers to battling down the wicked Rita, becoming more or less the second-in-command of the team - behind Jason.
Tommy's fierce fighting abilities are contrasted by his nervousness around Kimberly, whom he had alienated when he was evil. Kimberly eventually forgives Tommy for his transgressions, but it is not until he loses his powers to Rita, after she uses the Green Candle (an evil candle made of special green wax that was once touched by him) to sever Tommy's link to the Morphing Grid, does Kimberly return his affections.
In the adventure that involved the Green Candle, Goldar keeps the lit item in the Dark Dimension and holds Tommy captive there, knowing that his proximity would cause the candle's melting process to accelerate. Jason, the Red Ranger, makes the attempt to get through Goldar to retrieve the Green Candle, but Rita's succession of attacks, perpetrated by a monster capable of mimicking every Zord and Zord combination, prevents him from getting to it in time. As Tommy's powers fade, he has to use the Dragonzord cockpit to keep fighting the monster. After the battle, he is left with one last opportunity to keep the Green Ranger's powers from Rita's grasp: he has to give the Green Ranger's powers over to another individual who possesses a stable link to the Morphing Grid, just like all Power Rangers do. Doing so, the Green Ranger's powers can function on and be kept for the use of good by the team. But without time in finding a new individual, he chooses Jason, the Red Ranger, who will now gain the Green Ranger's powers (the Dragon Power Coin and the Dragon Dagger), along with his own.
When Rita kidnaps the parents of all the students at Angel Grove High School, the Power Rangers are forced to acquiesce to Goldar's ransom of their parents for their five Power Coins (their source of transforming into Power Rangers). After making the personal decision to make the trade, Goldar's deception is revealed when he refuses to return the parents. Not to mention that Rita had brainwashed Billy into stealing the Dragon Dagger for her. Now with the Dragon Dagger in the possession of Goldar, he commands the Dragonzord into demolishing the defenseless Angel Grove. However, Jason reveals his own deception: his gambit of defecting his Power Coin to Goldar, leads to the oversight that he still possessed the Dragon Power Coin.
The Power Rangers recruit Tommy to reclaim his Green Ranger powers, and is assisted by an energy boost from Zordon that temporarily energizes him in replacement of his missing direct link to the Morphing Grid. However, his powers are very unstable now, and have to be recharged several times by Zordon. In using the depleting Green Ranger powers to retrieve the team's missing items, Tommy reaches into a force-field and appears to have been lethally affected. Eventually, it is learned that the electrocution he underwent by the force-field, while wearing the Dragon Power Coin of the Green Ranger, revitalizes its power source substantially. Tommy could once again reclaim his powers, provided that he periodically seek regeneration by a donation of Zordon's own energy. Even with this knowledge, Tommy still chooses to be a Power Ranger.
In Season 2, Lord Zedd arrives and banishes Rita for her continuing failures to exterminate the Power Rangers. In order for the Power Rangers to compete with Zedd's powerful monsters, the Dinozords are upgraded into the Thunderzords. However, Tommy's powers are too weak to support a new Zord, although he is still able to continue morphing and call upon the Dragonzord. Lord Zedd eventually begins to create monsters for the sole purpose of depleting Tommy of his Green Ranger powers. After unleashing energy stealing monsters such as the Octophantom and the Stag Beetle, Tommy's powers drain further and further, which Zordon himself could not energize them any longer. The next battle becomes the last for the Green Ranger.
Upon learning this, Zedd sends down Turbanshell to attack the city to lure Tommy out, as part of his master plan to siphon off the remaining Green Ranger's energy into an evil crystal, into powering his evil "Dark Rangers". Zedd is successful, and with the Green Ranger in such a weak state, Turbanshell is able to send all of the Power Rangers to the "Otherworld", a dark dimension ruled by Zedd. In this dimension, Tommy becomes separated from the others and his remaining powers are drained. Zedd sends Goldar to crush Tommy's spirits by telling Tommy that now he is nothing. Tommy disagrees, stating that his confidence and fighting spirit are what made him a Power Ranger, and he uses his last remaining bit of power to destroy the Dark Rangers' crystal and help the other Power Rangers to destroy Turbanshell.
For a short time, Tommy is absent from helping the other Power Rangers defeat Zedd's henchmen. Distraught by the loss of the powers he did not originally seek out, Tommy retreats into isolation at a distant lake, residing in a cabin his uncle owns. However, when Lord Zedd unleashes his maniacal Nimrod monster, which in turn spawns other monsters AC and DC, Alpha and Zordon decide it is time to take matters into their own hands.
Luckily for the Power Rangers, Zordon and Alpha are able to create new powers for Tommy, making him the White Power Ranger - a Power Ranger with powers that have been created from the Light of Goodness and cannot be taken away by the forces of evil. Upon becoming the White Ranger, Tommy also becomes the new leader of the Power Rangers. His new powers come with the enchanted talking saber Saba, with which he summons the Tigerzord. He is at first overconfident with his new powers so much so that he loses control of the Tigerzord the first time he summons it. After that, he is much more careful.
After Jason, Zack, and Trini are chosen to attend a peace conference in Switzerland, replacement Power Rangers had to be found. These Rangers are Rocky DeSantos, Adam Park, and Aisha Campbell. The Sword of Light is the power source used to transfer the powers. Tommy is the one who activated the power transfer using the sword.
A clone of Tommy is created by the Wizard of Deception, using a lock of Tommy's hair. The clone is given the power of the Green Ranger, which had previously been believed to be destroyed forever. In truth, Zedd managed to regain the powers and used them to recharge the Dragon Power Coin to its full and complete power. Tommy destroys the Wizard of Deception, breaking the spell on the Green Ranger. The White Ranger helps his clone realize that even though he is a clone, he is still human and has the power to choose between right and wrong. The clone Tommy (referred to as "Tom") decides to remain in the colonial times of Angel Grove, after the two of them had traveled back in time to save the other Power Rangers. He keeps the Dragon Power Coin with him, as well as the powers it holds.
In Season 3, after the Thunderzords and Tigerzord are destroyed by Rito Revolto, Tommy and the other Power Rangers go on a quest to find the legendary Ninjor and receive their Ninja Power Coins. He gains new powers as the White Ninja Ranger with the power of the Falcon Power Coin and the Falconzord. Tommy meets Katherine Hillard (Kat for short) at a time when she is also under Rita's spell. Kat uses Kimberly's Crane Ninja Power Coin to steal the Falconzord, and does not retrieve it until the other Power Rangers gain the power of Metallic Armor.
After Kat steals the Falconzord and Ninjor, she and Goldar kidnap Kimberly. Zedd revives the Shogunzords and orders the Power Rangers to either use them to destroy Earth or have Kimberly's life-force drained away. Billy manages to reprogram the Zords to the Power Rangers' control. Tommy himself goes to retrieve Kimberly from Zedd's Dark Dimension. He fights with Zedd, but Zedd proves to be too powerful for him. However, Tommy manages to destroy Zedd's Z-Staff, forcing him to retreat, and Tommy escapes with Kimberly. And then he gains control of the White Shogunzord. Afterwards, Kimberly retires from active Power Ranger service so that she can compete in gymnastics, passing her powers onto Kat who was now free from Rita's evil spell. Kimberly and Tommy maintain a long-distance relationship.
When Tommy is sent to retrieve the Zeo Crystal, which is hidden under Rita and Zedd's Palace, Zordon tells him that only a being who was pure of heart can enter the force-field around the crystal and survive. Tommy has to go through the Caves of Deception to get to the crystal, and when he gets to it, he is not sure if he could survive. He thinks that there might still be some evil in him from when he was the Evil Green Ranger. He bravely passes through the force-field and retrieves the crystal. Soon after though, Master Vile steals it from him. The Power Rangers manage to get it back, but want to make sure that Master Vile could not get it again, so the Power Rangers split it into five sub-crystals and send them to different points in history.
Master Vile turns back time using the Orb of Doom, turning the Rangers back into children. Billy devises a plan to restore the Rangers' true ages using a machine that runs on the Power Coins. Billy restores himself, but Goldar steals the machine and Lord Zedd and Rita Repulsa destroy all six Ninja Power Coins. With his Falcon Ninja Coin destroyed and his Tiger Power Coin damaged beyond use, a young Tommy journeys to reclaim the Red Zeo Sub-Crystal in a Native American land. For his test, he is given three crystals (two were fakes) and he has to decide which one is the real one. He retrieves the true Red Sub-Crystal from Sam Trueheart, who also gives him half of an arrowhead.
After the Zeo Megazord is severely damaged, Tommy alone is left with the Red Battlezord, a Zord that is telepathically controlled. He has difficulty learning to operate the mind link and loses control when becoming emotional. A spirit quest eventually provides Tommy with the peace of mind needed to control the lone Zord; however, during this journey, Tommy meets his brother David Trueheart (portrayed by Jason David Frank's real life brother, the late Eric Frank). King Mondo captures David in order to trap Tommy. After freeing him, Tommy reveals his identity as a Ranger to David, who refuses to let a helpless Tommy remain behind. To convince David to flee to safety, Tommy reveals his identity to him. It is then revealed that David has the other half of the arrowhead. Should the two arrowheads be joined, the holder of the arrowhead could control both the spirits trapped within them and a darkness powerful enough to destroy the world.
Tommy reunites with his best friend and former-teammate Jason, when the Gold Zeo Ranger Trey of Triforia becomes injured. Tommy chooses Jason, who has returned from the Peace Conference, to temporarily hold the Gold Ranger powers.
Tommy is later captured by Prince Gasket of the evil Machine Empire and brainwashed into fighting his friends, believing them to be the threat to the world. The other Rangers, especially Jason and Kat, are able to save him by de-morphing and surrendering to prove they were not against him.
When the evil Space Pirate Divatox threatens to raise a powerful monster named Maligore to marry her, Tommy, along with the other Rangers, accept new Turbo powers and becomes the Red Turbo Ranger, gaining the Red Lightning Turbozord.
When Tommy finds out that Divatox is holding Jason and Kimberly captive, it shows that he still has feelings for Kimberly and causes him to make poor choices and irrational decisions. When Jason and Kimberly are possessed by Maligore, Tommy vainly attempts to snap Kimberly out of the spell by removing his Ranger helmet. He calms down later when Kimberly is safe and sound.
Tommy becomes interested in stock car racing following graduation, a hobby he sometimes shares with the Blue Turbo Ranger Justin Stewart. His tenure as the Red Turbo Ranger is a short one, with Dimitria declaring his duties as a defender of Earth fulfilled. In the episode "Passing the Torch", Divatox captures Tommy after her mother convinces her that removing the leader is the key to the Power Rangers' defeat. However, T. J. Johnson and Cassie Chan manage to find and rescue him after Kat fails to fend off a group of Pirahnatrons. Before Tommy leaves, he asks T.J. to become the new Red Ranger, stating, "I wouldn't be standing here today, T.J., if it weren't for your courage and strength. I choose you to lead the team, as the new Red Ranger."
Tommy makes his next appearance in the Power Rangers Wild Force episode "Forever Red". By this time, he is shown to have gotten rid of his signature long hair which he displayed in his previous appearances. He is first seen in the episode at a bar and/or hotel called Bulkmier's managed by Bulk and Skull while resting and reading a newspaper before accepting a phone given to him by Bulk. Andros, the Red Space Ranger, recruits Tommy after learning of the resurgent Machine Empire and their plan to unearth Lord Zedd's defunct Zord Serpentera and use it to invade Earth. Tommy recruits nine previous Red Rangers (which to his delight included Jason) to intervene. To achieve victory, Tommy morphs into Zeo Ranger V in this episode and fights Gerrok alongside Wes Collins, the Red Time Force Ranger. Tommy destroys Gerrok with the "Zeo Flying Power Kick."
Sometime between the events of Turbo and Dino Thunder, Tommy attends college and graduate school, earning a PhD in paleontology. He also meets Hayley (who would help him in the creation of the Dino Ranger equipment). He also becomes a business partner with Terrence "Smitty" Smith and Dr. Anton Mercer on a dinosaur-related project that leads to the creation of the Tyrannodrones, Raptor Riders and the new Dinozords. A horrible lab accident leads to the transformation of Dr. Mercer into the evil Mesogog, and also leaves Smitty for dead until Mesogog revives him as the evil cyborg Zeltrax. These events also include Tommy finding the Dino Gems and hiding them in the lab under his basement while learning the location of the Shield of Triumph. The original purpose for the Tyrannodrones was unrevealed, and they were adopted by Mesogog as his primary attack force shortly after his creation. Tommy retained control of three of the Dinozords, which would come to be useful to the future Rangers he would soon meet as students in his high school class.
After the events of "Forever Red", Tommy becomes a science teacher at a school in the (fictional) city of Reefside, California at the onset of Power Rangers Dino Thunder. A trio of students in detention Conner McKnight, Ethan James, and Kira Ford — unravel Tommy's past as a Power Ranger after uncovering three artifacts from his lab that turn them into the Dino Thunder Power Rangers. Tommy recruits these students to become the Dino Rangers, doing so while seeming mysterious and somewhat obnoxious, as noted by Conner. When he discovers that Mesogog is still active, he joins the other Dino Rangers and becomes the Black Dino Ranger, aided by the power of invisibility from the Black Dino Gem. His Dinozord is the Brachiozord carrier, he wields the Brachio Staff, and he drives the Black Thunder ATV (originally devised as a trap by the then-evil Trent Mercer, but it was soon reprogrammed).
When the White Dino Ranger appears, Tommy's dedication to saving the lives of innocents seems to give Tommy cause to show no mercy to him, even after he discovers that the White Dino Ranger is Trent Mercer. For a while, he is encased in amber by the White Dino Ranger, and once freed, finds himself unable to de-morph, due to his Dino Gem and his morpher re-molecularizing. He remains in his morphed form for a while. Despite this resolve, he could not help but feel sympathy for Trent when his students did not, reminding the others of his tenure as the evil Green Power Ranger.
After seeing the power of the White Ranger Clone and the Terrorsaurus, Tommy decides that the Rangers need an upgrade. He takes Trent to the location of the Shield of Triumph, as the shield can only be freed from its resting place by the power of Trent's Dino Gem. He also has a hunch that Conner is the one destined to control the shield. His assumptions are proven right, as Conner shows up just in time to save the shield from being lost forever. Tommy informs the other Rangers they have to contribute their energies to the shield, and Conner becomes the Triassic Ranger.
He is later de-morphed by a special substance, but is rendered invisible as a result. An experiment sees the return of Tommy to his natural state, but the process shatters his Dino Gem and leaves Tommy in a coma. During this time, Tommy endures several internal battles, facing off against several of his past Ranger alter-egos: Zeo Ranger V, the White Power Ranger, and then the Green Power Ranger. After proving that he would not give up the fight for his life, his opponents each offer him a shattered piece of his Dino Gem. Tommy regains consciousness holding the newly repaired Gem in his hand. As a result, he also gains access to his Super Dino Mode.
While he mentors the four Dino Thunder Rangers, he shows a particular interest in the current Red Ranger and leader Conner McKnight. Tommy often brings up the striking similarities between Conner and himself when he was a Ranger. Because of this, he puts a lot of faith and trust in Conner and is more than willing to offer him advice. He especially brings this up when Conner is doubting himself and talking to him about passion and the endless limitations of that passion. With that help, Conner is able to unleash his Battlizer mode through his own willpower.
When he learns that Trent has been hiding his father's secret identity, Tommy considers asking Trent to surrender his Morpher. Though Tommy comes to understand Trent's loyalty, he leaves the decision of letting Trent stay with the team to the other Rangers. They decide to let Trent stay after he saves Conner's life. In a final battle against Zeltrax, Tommy advises the Rangers that the only means to succeed is to sacrifice their Zords. At the end of the series, Tommy, alongside Kira, destroys Zeltrax. The Dino Rangers sacrifice their Dino Gems in order to destroy Mesogog's ultimate form(s). By that point, Mesogog has already managed to separate himself from Dr. Anton Mercer. In the end, Tommy answers Anton's question of what he would do now by insisting he would pursue the simple life of a high school science teacher, finally retiring his life as a Power Ranger for good.
Emperor Gruumm travels back in time through a temporal wormhole in an attempt to change his present time by forcing Zeltrax to join forces with him. Tommy and the other Dino Rangers then team up with the S.P.D. Power Rangers, in which he pairs up with Doggie Cruger, to battle the united force.Tommy's Ranger service is apparently well known in the future, as Jack Landors says that he has read all about him. In a subsequent team up with the S.P.D. Rangers, Tommy is very briefly mentioned at the end of the episode upon the Dino Rangers being returned from the year 2025. Conner, Ethan, and Kira are seen attending their High School reunion in 2005, about a year after the events of Dino Thunder's season finale, curious to see if Tommy would also be there.
Jason David Frank does not appear in these episodes as Tommy. In his place, Jeffrey Parazzo voices Tommy who never appears outside of his transformation.
Tommy Oliver is mentioned, though not seen, in the Operation Overdrive episode "Once a Ranger, Part 1" When talking about the Ranger's Command Center, character Kira Ford mentions "Dr. O would've loved to see this!" Adam Park then makes the comment, "Yeah, you know, I still can't believe he's a doctor..."
In the Power Rangers Zeo Christmas special "A Season to Remember", an elderly Tommy is shown telling his grandson of a Christmas adventure he and the other Zeo Rangers shared many years ago. In this framing device, Tommy shown to have married Katherine, and it is hinted that their other grandson, the first grandson's older brother, has also become a Power Ranger, as he is soon contacted via the Communicator.
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|Birth name||Gerhardus Petrus Potgieter|
|Born||November 14, 1929|
|Died||July 2, 1977 (aged 47)|
|Years active||1960 - 1977|
Gerhardus Petrus "Gert" Potgieter (14 November 1929 – 2 July 1977) was a South African opera tenor and actor who had a great influence on Afrikaans culture.
Born at Aasvoëlkop, a suburb of Johannesburg, on 14 November 1929, he was one of the five children of Hermanus Potgieter, a printer, and his wife Maria Naudé.
He was educated at the Laërskool (Primary School) Louw Geldenhuys and Helpmekaar High School, Johannesburg, where he matriculated
After leaving school he worked at Voortrekkerpers af:Voortrekkerpers, a publishing firm, in Johannesburg until 1960 when he qualified as a printer.
From the age of sixteen he took singing lessons with Kosie Boshoff and, after his voice had broken, with Beatrice Lovegrove and Alberto Terassi. When PJ Lemmer, Inspector of Music in the Orange Free State, wanted to stage a performance of the cantata Vasco da Gama in 1949; he chose Potgieter for the tenor role. This was the beginning of his singing career.
Andre Brink and Anton Hartman, head of music at the South African Broadcasting Corporation and the principal conductor of the SABC orchestra (and thus the most influential conductor in the country) gave Potgieter the opportunity of taking part in radio broadcasts and in 1960 he sang with Mimi Coertse and George Fourie in Verdi's opera, Rigoletto. In the same year he was awarded the Mimi Coertse Scholarship for singing. Towards the end of 1960 he enrolled as a student at the Vienna Opera School and took part inter alia in a performance of Gluck's Iphigénie en Tauride.
On his return to South Africa in 1962, he went back to the printing industry as a proof-reader and machine compositor. From 1966, he devoted himself to full-time singing.
He soon became known as a singer of light music and a tenor in operas. His popularity was confirmed by the several Sarie Awards he received for his records. Sarie Awards are made by the South African Recording Industry.
His greatest operatic success was in the leading role in Peter Grimes, an opera by Benjamin Britten He also sang arias from Don Giovanni by Mozart, Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni, La Boheme by Puccini and from the Afrikaans opera In die Droogte by John Joubert.
His repertoire also included extracts from the oratorios of Handel and Mendelssohn, Britten's War Requiem, and the radiophonic opera Asterion by the Dutch composer Henk Badings based on the lyrics of NP van Wyk Louw
His powerful physique and acting ability earned him film contracts. During 1969-70 he played the leading role in the film Lied in My Hart (Song in my Heart). In Forgotten Song of Summer only his acting was used. Various recordings of his singing are available commercially and the South African Broadcasting Corporation made a number of transcription recordings.
He married Mona Dreyer of Boshof, Orange Free State, in 1952. The marriage was childless.
He died on 2 July 1977 in a motorcar accident at Tarlton, Transvaal.
His sudden death was a great shock to his many fans. He had a friendly and charming disposition. His death left a void, particularly in the Afrikaans music world. Shortly before he died a programme about him, entitled GP gesels was broadcast on the Afrikaans service of the SABC.
|Birth name||Karen Louise Greeff|
|Born||August 10, 1978
Karen Zoid (born Karen Louise Greeff) is a female South African rock artist with vocal and guitar and acting talent. She is also a songwriter whose lyrics have been included in Afrikaans poetry courses at Stellenbosch University and the University of Pretoria.
On 3 May 2008 she won the South African Music Awards SAMA for Best Female Solo Artist of 2008, one of the 5 most prestigious music awards in South Africa.
Born, on 10 August 1978, in Brussels, Belgium, to a South African diplomat, Karen Zoid grew up in Belgium and then Johannesburg. She attended the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg, and then studied drama at AFDA, a film school in Johannesburg. In 2001 she dropped out of university to focus on her music.
In 2004, Karen married band member Don Reineke, and on the 29th of January 2007 the couple had a son, Ben Francis Reinecke. Zoid and Reinecke divorced in 2010.
Her first album, "Poles Apart", released by EMI in June 2001, was an instant success, especially amongst the youth of South Africa. The press started referring to the "Zoid Generation",and her icon status was highlighted in 2004 by both Time Magazine and U.S. News & World Report.
EMI released her second album, "Chasing the Sun", in June 2003, and her third, "Media" In July 2005.
In 2007 she left EMI and signed with Just Music. On 2 August 2007 her fourth album, "Postmodern World", was released. In particular her songs "Aeroplane Jane" and "Postmodern World" topped the charts at the end of 2007 in South Africa.
In 2009, Zoid released "Ultimate Zoid", a two disk album combining hits from her previous albums with three new tracks, and a live recording.
In 2010 a new album, "Terms and Conditions", was released by EMI.
She has consistently had major radio play. Her CDs have been included on the audio entertainment of international flights to and from South Africa. She has written music for television and two of her songs featured in the 2006 movie "Number 10".
Karen Zoid performed at the inaugurations of State Presidents Thabo Mbeki in 2004 and Jacob Zuma in 2009. She and her band also performed at the Nelson Mandela 46664 HIV/AIDS benefit concert in 2005. She and her band have had several concerts in London, mainly to South African audiences. In 2006 they performed in London, Canada and Dubai (at the Dubai Desert Rhythm Festival).
In 2010, Karen Zoid starred in a Franz Marx film, Susanna van Biljon. She recorded the theme song for the sound track, and a simpler version that foregrounds her voice, and replaces the orchestral backing with a simpler piano accompaniment on her "Terms and Conditions" album.
Karin Zoid became famous for a song called "Afrikaners is Plesierig" (released 2001) which is based on a fragment of an Afrikaans folksong, originally published by the Federasie van Afrikaanse Kultuurvereeninge in their Sangbundel.
Nádine Hoffeldt (born in Johannesburg, 28 February 1982) is a South African Afrikaans singer, best known for the hit song "Kaapse Draai"She has also recorded a number of songs in English.
Beginning her career as a teenager in 1996, Nádine has released eight albums and one DVD, with two certified platinum and four more certified gold.In 1997 she toured South Africa with Dutch singer Jan Smit, when her then manager Ian Bossert brought him to the country. She also performed at the "Two Nations" concert in 1997, along with the Spice Girls and Billy Ocean, for an audience that included Nelson Mandela and Prince Charles.
Nádine released her seventh solo album, Mense soos jy, in September 2005. Her Nádine 10 Years Live was nominated for Best DVD in the 2006 South African Music Awards (SAMA).To date, each of Nádine's albums has produced a successful song,with the latest being "Made Up My Mind".
Nádine has now released her eighth album, As Jy Wonder, produced by international songwriter and producer Steve Taylor. She wrote lyrics for many of the album's songs herself. She commented:
Nádine has recorded a number of hit songs, including "Dankie liewe Ouma", "Hoor hoe klop my hart", "Kom dans met my", "Latina", "’n Meisiekind wil ek graag bly", "Die Hemel Brand", "Alweer Iemand Anders", "Afrika Spore" and "Vive la Vida". Her best-known song, the ballad "Kaapse Draai", was nominated as one of the top five songs in the 2003 Geraas Musiek Toekenning (GMT) awards, which recognise Afrikaans music.She maintains a busy performance schedule with up to 120 concerts a year. After more than ten years in the South African music industry, she numbers total sales of over 350,000 CDs. In 2008, she was again nominated for the SAMA awards for the album, As Jy Wonder.
In 2010, she released her new album This Time I Know, containing the singles "This Time I Know It's For Real" and "Made Up My Mind", the latter being an English language cover of "Delete" by Younha. Her song "I Can Have You" was covered in Korean by who titled it "Mr Boogie". She has been promoting the new album within Europe over the past while, mainly in Belgium and Germany, in an attempt to expand her audience and become a more widely recognised singer.
Valiant Swart (born Pierre Nolte, 25 November 1965), is a South African musician, Afrikaans folk rock singer/songwriter and actor from Wellington who resides in Stellenbosch. In 1977, at 11 years old, Valiant was given a guitar by his father and taught himself to play songs like Baby Blue by George Baker and Hush Hush Maria of Joe Dolan. Two years later he owned his first electric guitar. He writes and sings in both English and Afrikaans. The work that was begun by artists like Anton Goosen and, later, Koos Kombuis was continued by Swart.
In 2014 he released a collaboration with Jack Parow called Tema van jou lied.
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