The duo Touch of class originally started as Ronel Erasmus and Deon van der Merwe. Nowadays it is still Deon but he has now been joined by Ruhan du Toit. Their latest CD is out and it is called 100 DUISEND PERDE (one hundred thousand horses). The title track is an original song composed by Michael de Lange who is the vice president of Eurovision South Africa. On the CD is a cover of Sweden’s 2003 Eurovision entry, GIVE ME YOUR LOVE. Ruhan of Touch of class sings it in duet with Tanya V (who covered the 2012 Swedish Euro winner Euphoria in Afrikaans). They do this in English. Another interesting song is WAT JOU HART IN KAN GLO (What your heart can believe in) which Ruhan does in duet with Jasmyn who has covered tons of Euro songs, most recently Russia 2013 and Russia 2015 in Afrikaans. The CD is currently number 2 on the Musica Cd shop charts (they are the largest chain in the country) and number 3 on the official CD charts in South Africa.
In South Africa different radio stations have their own top 20 (some even a top 40). The charts of each radio station reflects of course their audience. This one is very AFRIKAANS orientated and if you look, all but one song (from Taylor Swift) is by SOUTH AFRICAN artists and of these 19 by South African artists, only ONE is in ENGLISH, the others are in Afrikaans. The English one is a EUROVISION song, Sweden’s 2003 entry GIVE ME YOUR LOVE. It was suppose to be covered in Afrikaans but the producers felt it could do better in English because of the lyrics.