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AFRI FRIEND AWARDS – CATEGORY ONE – BEST FULL CD BY A MALE SINGER

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

ADDING

05 – HENRY VAN DYK – SOMMER SO

CD REVIEW – SOMMER SO by HENRY VAN DYK

A review of the brand new CD of HENRY VAN DYK
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01 – MY HART SE WENS (My heart’s wish)
A song Henry composed himself and it is very good, it brings out his voice well and it has a good melody
02 – DIS WAT WARE LIEFDE MAAK (This is what makes true love)
I find the drums/sound too hard, it is taking away from the voice. The song is average
03 – SOMMER SO (Just like that)
Interesting title, but again I find the drums/sound too hard to really hear the lyrics properly
04 – LIED VIR MA (Song for mother)
Another song Henry composed. Good song for mothers, ideal for mother’s day
05 – EK HOU VAN JOU (I like/love you)
Many euro fans will think this is a cover of the 1984 Dutch entry, but it is a new song. It nis very commercial, good lyrics, catchy chorus which you remember instantly. Of the new songs on the CD, probably the best
06 – KOM TERUG (Come back)
This song is in duet with Werner Breytenback who is unknown to me. The original song was done many years ago by Tuto Cutugno, a previous Eurovision winner who also composed it. In the early 90’s Andre Schwartz sung it in Afrikaans. This is a good cover
07 – EK SAL BY JOU STAAN (I will stand by jou)
Another song Henry composed. This is also very commercial, radio friendly
08 – MAAK MY HEEL (Make me whole)
This is the last of the 4 songs Henry composed. It is almost a gospel song
09 – L’ESSENZIALE
Bilingual version – Afrikaans/Italian and the Eurovision entry of Italy of 2013. Really great cover and Henry sounds perfect in Italian – almost better than in Afrikaans or English
10 – THE STORY
Well known song, Henry is covering it and it is quite good
11 – IN A MOMENT LIKE THIS
This song is in duet with Dina Garipova of Russia, the 2013 singer at Eurovision for Russia. the song is the great Thomas Gson composition for Denmark 2010. The song is tri lingual with Henry singing in Afrikaans, Dina in Russian and together they sing in English. Totally different version from the original but very good. This is the kind of song I love so much, male-female duo singing in more than one language. This is how Eurovision entries should be
12 – ANGEL CHILD
My favourite on the CD, but then I love the original song by Tommy Seebach so much. it was the 1993 Danish Eurovision entry. Henry wrote the English lyrics
13 – ONS VADER
This is the gospel song, the prayer from the Bible. It brings out Henry’s voice well but I think many artists have covered it before so it is not that unique

COMPILATION CDs for VIENNA – part 3

The last compilation was really created for DENMARK and is called DANISH DELIGHTS. There are no compilations left as all were taken in Copenhagen; but due to demand for this, we have decided to create a few more for fans in Vienna. Here is the index:

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COMPILATION CDs for VIENNA – part 1

Besides the 6 compilation CDs to celebrate the fact that Eurovision is 60 years old (the covers of these 6 will be posted soon — Gerry is still finishing his designs), we have a few copies left of the compilation CDs we had in 2014 in Copenhagen. These will be made available in Vienna. The first up is the compilation – EUROVISION WE SING YOUR SONGS VOL 9 – this CD contains Euro covers of 2013 songs and just 2 copies are still available. Here is the index:

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