Mike Howell discovered that GE KORSTEN covered the 1973 Eurovision entry from Germany, JUNGER TAG by GITTE in Afrikaans as LIEFDESTYD. Continue reading LIEFDESTYD – GE KORSTEN
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.
The second song is LIEFLING by GE KORSTEN plus the original song FRIEDEN by PETER MAFFAY.
This is not an actual Eurovision entry but one of the composers of the song, Michael Kunze had done the lyrics to several songs in Eurovision song contest over the years.
Onto position 58 of the 100 Ralph Siegel songs and we get to PEDRO by PETER ALEXANDER. He had a lot of success with several Ralph songs. This song was covered in South Africa by Ge Korsten as HUIS TOE (Coming home) and it was a huge hit in the times White males in South Africa did army duty at South African boarders and usually after a year they would return home. This song really was special for this group of people.
Ge Korsten was the first South African to cover the 1973 Eurovision winner from Luxembourg in Afrikaans as LIEFLIKE DROOM.
Ge Korsten covered the 1984 Eurovision entry from the Netherlands in Afrikaans as EK HOU VAN JOU.
The Afrikaans cover – very good – PAPPA MAAK DIT REG – GE KORSTEN
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
Ek hou van jou – Eden
Ek hou van jou – Ge Korsten
Ek hou van jou – Danie Jansen
Ek hou van jou – Andre Smit
Ik jou van jou – Maribelle
Sadly LUXEMBOURG has not taken part in Eurovision for many years but they have had some great songs. Their 1973 winner is a classic TU TE RECONNAITRAS sung by ANNE-MARIE DAVID who will be at the London celebrations. In the 70’s GE KORSTEN covered the song in Afrikaans and it is also a classic here with many other singers covering it in recent years.