LINDA WILLIAMS represented THE NETHERLANDS at the 1981 Eurovision song contest with the song HET IS EEN WONDER. She has covered a NON EUROVISION song which was a big hit for NANA MOUSOURI, who herself participated in the 1963 Eurovision song contest for Luxembourg. The song Linda has covered is LA PROVANCE which Ralph Siegel composed and Bernd Meinunger wrote the German lyrics. Linda’s cover is called IN DE LENTE. It is the 7th song in our series.
The last birthday we are reporting on comes from LINDA WILLIAMS. She represented the Netherlands in 1981 at the Eurovision song contest with HET IS EEN WONDER. This song is the 4th most loved song from ESC COVERS of all Eurovision entries.
Time to look at the next Afrikaans artist who has registered to take part in the first Afri music song contest and have done Eurovision covers. It is Tobi Jooste who has done at least 11 Eurovision covers.
01 – Iceland 2004 (Afrikaans)
02 – Netherlands 1981 (Afrikaans)
03 – Switzerland 1988 (Afrikaans)
04 – Romania 2008 (Afrikaans)
05 – Ukraine 2003 (Afrikaans/English)
06 – Malta 2005 (Afrikaans)
07 – Malta 2006 (Afrikaans)
08 – Malta 2006 (English)
09 – Norway 2010 (Afrikaans)
10 – Norway 2010 (Italian)
11 – Latvia 2007 (English) in duet with Gloria Bosman
He also writes original songs, but lets hope he enters a euro cover and an original song.
Pre-registration to the Afri music song contest opened on Friday 4 August and will close on 3 October – so artists have a full two months to register. Pre registration is very easy, takes about 1 minute and is FREE. It is, however, important to register as soon as possible so planning can be done. It is also important for sponsors, as they are looking to see what the interest is among the various countries. We also will give promotion in the 2 months and it is obvious we can only give promotion to artists once they have registered as we will do today over about 5 hours by focusing on the first 5 SOUTH AFRICAN artists who have registered. Starting with TOBI JOOSTE who was the artist to be the 5th one to register. Tobi is a singer from Johannesburg and has been singing professionally for over 10 years. Tobi’s first CD contained at least euro cover in Afrikaans – Netherlands 1981 (Het is een wonder of Linda Williams) as well as a Dutch selection song – Een beetje van dit of Vulcano. Over the years Tobi has covered several other Euro songs. He has also done original songs successfully. We wait to see what songs Tobi will enter when song entries open in November.