We start off with the first of ten categories of the AFRI FRIEND awards 2017. The category is BEST FULL CD BY A MALE SINGER.
The criteria for CD’s to be considered are
a – Obviously it has to be by a male singer (although a couple of duets are allowed on the CD)
b – 60% or more of the songs have to be in Afrikaans
c – At least one song has to be cover (Eurovision or otherwise)
d – Released after 1 January 2016 but before 31 October 2017
So far 4 CD’s are being considered (and as we discover more that fulfill the criteria, they will be added to this post
01 – DEON GROOT – GEE MY OOR
02 – DIRK LAZENBY – SONSKYN LIEFDE
03 – ERNIE BATES – DROOM
04 – ANDRE VAN WYNGAARDT – DIE ENGELE HAAL ASEM
05 – HENRY VAN DYK – SOMMER SO
A new name on the South African music scene is DEON GROOT. Sony South Africa has just released his first CD which is called GEE MY OOR. Most of the 12 songs on the CD have been written by him, but one of them is a cover of a Eurovision songs. Unfortunately it is not a cover of new song but this song has been covered years ago for the first and and has become a classic with more 12 other people also covering it. The original song is Germany’s 1985 Eurovision entry FUR ALLE by WIND which reached 2nd place at the contest. The most successful Afrikaans cover was done by ANDRE SCHWARTZ – he called it LIEF VIR ALLES HIER (In love with everything here). Now this Deon Groot covers it as well in a different style than the Andre version.
He has used several backing singers and two of them have Eurovision connection, BURGERD BOTHA who was part of Romanz and LEE SCOTT who covered at least 3 songs from 2009.