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REIK NA DIE STERRE – BLES BRIDGES

On Saturday 25 July 2020 ESC COVERS will launch the COVER2COVER competition. In category one are 14 songs by South African artists that are covers of EUROVISION songs (actual entries or selection songs or Eurovision related because of the original artist who was an entry at Eurovision or by the composers who had written a Eurovision entry). We will list all 14 in the next days, the Afrikaans cover plus the original song.

First up is REIK NA DIE STERRE by BLES BRIDGES plus the original song ABSCHIED VON DEN STERNEN by ANDREAS MARTIN.

This is not an actual Eurovision entry but the composers of the song had done several songs in Eurovision selections over the years. Andreas Martin also took part in the German Eurovision selection.

 

ANDREAS MARTIN

This morning ESCCovers got a very sad e-mail.

“Do you remember Andreas Martin? About one month ago, his wife disappeared and has not been found since then. Now, also the public do not know about Andreas Martin. Some say he is in a psychiatric clinic”.

We know and love Andreas so much, from about 1984 when we discovered him and he songs. He took part for example in the German Eurovision selection in 1989 with HERZ AN HERZ which ended 4th that year.

South African music fans may not know Andreas as a singer, but many of his songs have become classics in Afrikaans covered by especially BLES BRIDGES – the most know is Andreas song ABSCHIED VON DEN STERNEN which Bles sang as REIK NA DIE STERRE.

Other fantastic songs of Andreas include SOLO TU (which Manie Jackson covered), AMORE MIO and DER HIMMEL KANN WARTEN.

After the death of two German schlager icons, CHRIS ROBERTS and ANDREA JURGENS, we cannot afford to loose another one.

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DIE ANDER KANT VAN ROEM/THE OTHER SIDE OF FAME

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What has people like Carike Keuzenkamp, Rina Hugo, Janita Claassen, Anneli van Rooyen, Patricia Lewis, Bles Bridges, Ge Korsten, Manuel Escorcio, Fanie de Jager, Jannie Moolman, Andre Schwartz, Guillaume, Tobi Jooste, Cole van Dais, David Fourie, Min Shaw, Groep 2, Amanda Luyt, Andriette Norman, Barbara Ray, Alan Garrity, Romanz, Sonja Herholdt, Sunette Bridges, Jurie Els, Corlea Botha and many more in common? Yes they are all South African recording artists but each one of them has at least COVERED one song originally composed by German composer RALPH SIEGEL. Ralph is the most known Eurovision composer and will be in Kyiv, Ukraine in May 2017 with his 25th Eurovision entry. Ralph has won Eurovision once – in 1982 when Nicole sang his song EIN BISSCHIEN FRIEDEN. The previous 3 years he had been 4th, 2nd and 2nd with his songs. Over the years he has written Eurovision entries for Germany (his home country) but also Luxembourg, Switzerland, Montenegro and San Marino.
Ralph has asked Roy van der Merwe, the president of Eurovision South Africa and the owner of the website ESCCovers, to make him compilation CD’s with his songs by South African artists. Roy has identified 100 such covers he is aware of and it will be recorded on various compilations to be handed to Ralph in Kyiv to celebrate the fact that Ralph is there with his 25th entry and also it is the 25th Eurovision in a row Roy will be attending.
During next week the compilation CD’s will be recorded and at this stage it looks like there will be at least 4 different ones
1 – EIN BISSCHIEN FRIEDEN
As there are 14 covers of this song, they will all appear on one compilation
2 – DIE ANDERKANT VAN ROEM
This is the title of Patricia Lewis’s ralph cover and will feature lesser known covers
3 – ‘N DAG MET RALPH
This comes from the title ‘n Dag met Maria which is the title of a Jurie Els song of Ralph
4 – EK IS BAIE LIEF VIR JOU
This comes from the title of one of the very first Ralph songs covered in South Africa – in the middle 70’s and originally sung by Min Shaw

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