Koos du Plessis
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Jacobus (Koos) Johannes du Plessis (10 May 1945 – 15 January 1984) was a prominent South Africansinger-songwriter and poet, colloquially known as Koos Doep. Although he received critical acclaim for much of his work, he became best known for the runaway success of a rendition of his song Kinders van die Wind (Children of the Wind) by Laurika Rauch.
Koos du Plessis was born in Rustenburg. He was the youngest of four children, and grew up in the mining town of Springs. After school, he attended the University of Pretoria, and the University of the Witwatersrand, majoring in Afrikaans-Nederlands (Afrikaans-Dutch). At university he met his future wife, Mornay. The couple had three daughters, Irma, Karien and Karla. Koos would eventually write a song for each of these four women in his life.
Koos worked as journalist and editor for several Afrikaans publications (Oggendblad, Die Vaderland, Die Nataller en Die Transvaler). He died in a car accident close to Krugersdorp during the early morning hours of 15 January 1984.
In 2010 two albums were released in The Netherlands. First Ofschaaid Zunder Woorden, an album with songs of Du Plessis sung in Grunnegs by Wia Buze and Klaas Spekken. Karla du Plessis joins for a special duet on this album. Secondly Die Land Van Blou Saffiere is released in the Tussen Kontinente-series. This release is a hardcover book with a biography, lyrics with footnotes and explanations, backgrounds and a cd with 20 of his songs.
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2 See also
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Om jou verlaas te groet: nagelate verse (1985)
Skink nog ʾn uur in my glas: nagelate verse (1995)
Die Land van Blou Saffiere (2010)
List of Afrikaans singers
List of South African musicians
Website dedicated to Koos du Plessis' legacy (in Afrikaans)
LitNet: The Life and Music of Koos du Plessis (in Afrikaans)
Dutch website providing information about a project around the work of Koos du Plessis (in Dutch)
Dutch website in support of the release of the book/cd Die Land Van Blou Saffiere (in Dutch)
Karin Kortje (born 12 August 1980) is the winner of the third season of Idols in South Africa. With her in the final was Gift Gwe.
After announcing the winner on 27 November 2005, M-Net released the voting results for the top 12. During each week's count Karin received the most votes and was thus the most popular contestant during the entire Idols III. Karin received 65% of the final votes
Group Stages (Group 2): Ordinary People (John Legend)
Group Stages (Group 2): A Cry, A Smile (Judith Sephuma)
Top 12: Don't Know Why (Norah Jones)
Top 11: Un-Break My Heart (Toni Braxton)
Top 10: Can't Fight the Moonlight (LeAnn Rimes)
Top 9: (They Long to Be) Close to You (The Carpenters)
Top 8: (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman (Aretha Franklin)
Top 8: Together Again (Janet Jackson)
Top 6: Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To) (Diana Ross)
Top 6: If I Can't Have You (Yvonne Elliman)
Top 5: Never Never Never (Shirley Bassey)
Top 5: Never Too Much (Mary J. Blige)
Top 4: When I Need You (Leo Sayer)
Top 4: I Have Nothing (Whitney Houston)
Top 2: (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman (Aretha Franklin)
Top 2: If I Can't Have You (Yvonne Elliman)
Top 2: I'm So Ready (The winner's single)
After winning Idols, Karin moved to Johannesburg to record her debut album "Forever And A Day". Karin wanted the songs to have an inspirational message. The album was recorded and released on 11 November 2006! The debut single was “I am so ready”. It was released in CD format with two bonus tracks "Ordinary People" & "Joy To The World". The album received gold status, selling more than 20 000 copies.
Life after Idols
Karin met former South Africa President, Nelson Mandela shortly after winning Idols. In 2006 Karin won the You Magazine You Spectacular award for "News Maker Of The Year". Karin graced the covers of several magazines including Sarie, Huisgenoot and You Magazines. Karin then took a break from the lime light.
Karin got married to Shaundore Aspeling on 29 August 2009 in her hometown Grabouw. Gift Gwe, runner–up in Idols Season 3, performed for her on her wedding day. She has 3 sons: Cameron, Tobin & Sergio.
In 2009, Karin teamed with new management. She released a brand new single "Love In The First Degree" without a recording deal. The song was no 1 on both Goodhope Fm & Heart 104.9 fm's SA TOP 10 Charts. The song stayed no 1 for a couple of weeks. It was also featured on DJ Keiths album!
In 2011 Karin played in the musical "This Is My Life" telling her life story, before, during and after Idols, with Idols Winner, Season 4, Jody Williams. The show ran for a second season. This time featuring Karin and Emo Adams's older brother Loukmaan Adams.
Idols 3: The Top 12 (November 2005)
Forever and a Day (November 2006)
I'm So Ready (November 2005)
Forever and a Day
Bles Bridges (22 July 1947, Viljoensdrif, Free State) – 24 March 2000), born Lawrence John Gabriel Bridges, was a much-loved South African singer. He became known as Bles Bridges, as his Irish grandfather called him Bles (i.e. bald), due to his very thin hair from an early age.
He released his first album in 1982, Onbekende Weermagman (Unknown Soldier). His professional career began in 1984, with the release of his second album, Bles, which went gold in under a month (25,000 copies) and included Maggie, one of his better-known songs. The album had sold twice that by the time his third album was released. At the time of his death, Bles had sold more than two and a half million albums (records and CDs).
Soon Bles Bridges began alternating between Afrikaans and English language albums, to great acclaim. He also began working with Eurovision South Africa. In 2000, he began recording an album with his friends in the music industry. The first song - a duet with Patricia Lewis (and his last song as it turned out, as he died within a week of finishing it) - was "The First Kiss Goodnight" by Dennis East; it was recorded on 21 March 2000.
In the 1980s, he held a concert in support of the AWB Volkshulpskema (People's Help Scheme) that raised 10,000 Rand (he was there as an artist, and by personal belief).
He had cancer during the 1980s and gave generously to charity for cancer research after his recovery.
Leonie was his sound engineer and the composer and/or songwriter of most of his songs, including most of his biggest hits, including "Maggie" and "I am the Eagle, you're the Wind", among others.
He loved life and roses, and it was his custom to hand out roses to some of the female audience members in the front row at his concerts
His career highlight was when he performed to a soldout "Superbowl" at Sun City, five times on one weekend, becoming the first and only artist to do so, as feature artist on 14 and 15 May 1987. He actually managed to draw a bigger crowd than Frank Sinatra did when he opened the Superbowl in 1982.
Bles died in a motorcar accident on 24 March 2000, leaving behind his wife, Leonie, and children Sunette and Victor. More than 15,000 mourners turned up for his funeral.
Albums released (Records and CDs)
Onbekende Weermagman - 1982
Bles - 1984
Uit die Boonste Rakke - 1985
Vir een en Almal - 1986
I Am the Eagle, You're the Wind - 1986
Reik Na Die Sterre - 1987
Fight For Love - 1987
Laat My Lewe, Laat My Liefhê - 1988
Ona Eerste Ontmoeting - 1989
Nog 'N Nuwe Dag - 1989
The Devil and the Song - 1989
Let Me Love You - 1990
Back on My Feet Again - 1991
Soos Nooit Tevore - 1992
Am I That Easy To Forget - 1993
One Dance With You - 1994
Grootste Treffers - 1994
Sproetjies Kom Terug - 1995
Love and Roses - My Greatest Hits - 1996
Die Hart Van My Moeder - 1997
Sweef Soos 'N Arend - 1998
Classics My Way - 1998
Country my Way - 1999
Goue & Platinum Treffers Deur Die Jare Heen - 2000"
Môre Bring 'N Nuwe Dag - 2000"
Goue & Platinum Treffers Deur Die Jare Heen (Vol II) - 2000" (released 26 September 2000)
In Search of Love
Op Toer Met Bles (On Tour with Bles)
He starred in a 1989 movie called The Devil and the Song.
Anton Goosen (born 5 March, 1946)is a South African musician and songwriter. He became a pivotal figure in Afrikaans music and is generally regarded as the father of Afrikaans Rock. His influence was not, however, limited to genre. His contribution to the music industry was much more profound as he led a continuous protest against the status quo in his music.
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"Kruidjie-Roer-My-Nie" (1979) Theme from the film 'Pretoria O Pretoria'
"Trompie" (1980) Theme from the TV Series 'Trompie'
"Boy Van Die Suburbs" (1981)
"'n Brief Vir Simone" (1981) Theme from the film of the same name
"Deurdruk Dag Toe" (1981)
"Baai Baai Bokkie" (1983)
Anton Sing (1972)
Boy Van Die Suburbs (1979)
2de Laan 58 (1980)
Jors Troelie - Liedjieboer (1981)
Liedtjieboer In Die Stad/City (1986)
Winde Van Verandering (1988)
Riviersonderend - 21 Greatest Hits (1994)
Bushrock (Of A White Kaffir In Africa) (1996)
'n Vis Innie Bos (2001)
Anton en Vrinne Live in die Staatsteater 2003
Die Groen Blomme-projek 2005
Muses Op Besoek
Alternatief Op Sy Beste
Glenys Lynn Treffers
Jy Is My Liefling
Die Beste Afrikaanse Album
Om Te Breyten
Geraas Musiek Toekennings
Vloek Van Die Kitaar
Mimi Coertse (born 12 June 1932) is a South Africans oprano.
1 Early life
2 Opera career
3 Later years
4 Honours and awards
Coertse, born in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, matriculated at the
Helpmekaar Girls High School
in Johannesburg. She began vocal studies in South Africa in 1949.In July 1953 she married the broadcaster and composer Dawid Engela. She left South Africa in September 1953 for London, and then went via The Hague to Vienna. In January 1954 she started training with Maria Hittorff and Josef Witt.
Coertse made her debut in January 1955 as the First Flower girl in Wagner's Parsifal at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Karl Böhm conducting. She also sang in Basle at the Teatro San Carlo. On 17 March 1956 she made her debut at the Vienna State Opera as the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte by Mozart and remained with the Vienna State Opera until 1978. Her Covent Garden debut was in 1956, in the same role.
Coertse sang the soprano part in Bach's Matthäus-Passion at Fritz Wunderlich's first appearance in Vienna in 1958, when he performed the tenor arias with Julius Patzak singing the Evangelist. In 1958, Coertse and Fritz Wunderlich again worked together at the Aix-en-Provence
festival in Die Zauberflöte. In 1965, she sang Konstanze in
Die Entführung aus dem Serail
at the Vienna State Opera which also featured Fritz Wunderlich as Belmonte.
Since returning to South Africa in 1973 she has been a regular guest on South African stages and also a frequent broadcaster on radio and television. In recent years she has devoted her time to exposing young South African singers to the neglected art of Lieder singing which can be artistically even more demanding than opera singing. Her support for her fellow South African musicians has been outstanding - as may be witnessed in her Debut with Mimi and through the Mimi Coertse Bursary.
In 1998 Mimi Coertse and Neels Hansen founded The Black Tie Ensemble, a development project which enables young, classically trained singers to bridge the gap between training and professional performance. This project has developed into the most exciting classical singing ensemble in South Africa, and is now on the brink of becoming a vibrant, new, young opera company. A project for future stars of Africa! The Ensemble, sponsored by Sappi, performs operas at the State Theatre (Pretoria), Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens (Johannesburg) and the Civic Theatre (Johannesburg).
Karen Zoid (born Karen Louise Greeff) is a female South African rock artist with vocal and guitar and acting talent. She is also a songwriter whose lyrics have been included in Afrikaans poetry courses at Stellenbosch University and the University of Pretoria.
On 3 May 2008 she won the South African Music Awards SAMA for Best Female Solo Artist of 2008, one of the 5 most prestigious music awards in South Africa.
Born, on 10 August 1978, in Brussels, Belgium, to a South African diplomat, Karen Zoid grew up in Belgium and then Johannesburg. She attended the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg, and then studied drama at AFDA, a film school in Johannesburg. In 2001 she dropped out of university to focus on her music.
In 2004, Karen married band member Don Reineke, and on the 29th of January 2007 the couple had a son, Ben Francis Reinecke. Zoid and Reinecke divorced in 2010.
Her first album, "Poles Apart", released by EMI in June 2001, was an instant success, especially amongst the youth of South Africa. The press started referring to the "Zoid Generation",and her icon status was highlighted in 2004 by both Time Magazine and U.S. News & World Report.
EMI released her second album, "Chasing the Sun", in June 2003, and her third, "Media" In July 2005.
In 2007 she left EMI and signed with Just Music. On 2 August 2007 her fourth album, "Postmodern World", was released. In particular her songs "Aeroplane Jane" and "Postmodern World" topped the charts at the end of 2007 in South Africa.
In 2009, Zoid released "Ultimate Zoid", a two disk album combining hits from her previous albums with three new tracks, and a live recording.
In 2010 a new album, "Terms and Conditions", was released by EMI.
She has consistently had major radio play. Her CDs have been included on the audio entertainment of international flights to and from South Africa. She has written music for television and two of her songs featured in the 2006 movie "Number 10".
Karin Zoid performed at the inaugurations of State Presidents Thabo Mbeki in 2004 and Jacob Zuma in 2009. She and her band also performed at the Nelson Mandela 46664 HIV/AIDS benefit concert in 2005. She and her band have had several concerts in London, mainly to South African audiences. In 2006 they performed in London, Canada and Dubai (at the Dubai Desert Rhythm Festival).
In 2010, Karen Zoid starred in a Franz Marx film, Susanna van Biljon. She recorded the theme song for the sound track, and a simpler version that foregrounds her voice, and replaces the orchestral backing with a simpler piano accompaniment on her "Terms and Conditions" album.
Karin Zoid became famous for a song called "Afrikaners is Plesierig" (released 2001) which is based on a fragment of an Afrikaans folksong, originally published by the Federasie van Afrikaanse Kultuurvereeninge in their Sangbundel.
Poles Apart (2001)
Chasing The Sun (2003)
In Die Staatsteater DVD (2003)
Postmodern World (2007)
Alive In The Postmodern World DVD (2008)
Ultimate Zoid (2009)
*terms & conditions (2010)
Zoid Afrika (2012)
Karen Zoid Homepage
Article and Bio on Karen Zoid
SAMusic.co.za Karen Zoid gig information
Just Music, Zoid's record label
Karen Zoid on MySpace
Karen Zoid at Who's Who Southern Africa
Nádine Hoffeldt (born in Johannesburg, 28 February 1982) is a South African Afrikaans singer, best known for the hit song "Kaapse Draai"She has also recorded a number of songs in English.
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4 External links
Life and career
Beginning her career as a teenager in 1996, Nádine has released eight albums and one DVD, with two certified platinum and four more certified gold.In 1997 she toured South Africa with Dutch singer Jan Smit, when her then manager Ian Bossert brought him to the country. She also performed at the "Two Nations" concert in 1997, along with the Spice Girls and Billy Ocean, for an audience that included Nelson Mandela and Prince Charles.
Nádine released her seventh solo album, Mense soos jy, in September 2005. Her Nádine 10 Years Live was nominated for Best DVD in the 2006 South African Music Awards (SAMA).To date, each of Nádine's albums has produced a successful song,with the latest being "Made Up My Mind".
Nádine has now released her eighth album, As Jy Wonder, produced by international songwriter and producer Steve Taylor. She wrote lyrics for many of the album's songs herself. She commented:
- "For the past ten years of my career I left the songwriting to the songwriters, but I realize now that you can interpret your own material much better. I co-wrote seven songs with Steve Taylor . . . When I started recording last year it was discovered that I have nodules on my vocal cords and I had to do less shows, talk less (which was very difficult) and also change my way of speaking, laughing and of course singing. I am very grateful that that is now something of the past . . . We worked on the album for ten months and each one of the songs has a special meaning to me."
Nádine has recorded a number of hit songs, including "Dankie liewe Ouma", "Hoor hoe klop my hart", "Kom dans met my", "Latina", "’n Meisiekind wil ek graag bly", "Die Hemel Brand", "Alweer Iemand Anders", "Afrika Spore" and "Vive la Vida". Her best-known song, the ballad "Kaapse Draai", was nominated as one of the top five songs in the 2003 Geraas Musiek Toekenning (GMT) awards, which recognise Afrikaans music.She maintains a busy performance schedule with up to 120 concerts a year. After more than ten years in the South African music industry, she numbers total sales of over 350,000 CDs. In 2008, she was again nominated for the SAMA awards for the album, As Jy Wonder.
In 2010, she released her new album This Time I Know, containing the singles "This Time I Know It's For Real" and "Made Up My Mind", the latter being an English language cover of "Delete" by Younha. Her song "I Can Have You" was covered in Korean by who titled it "Mr Boogie". She has been promoting the new album within Europe over the past while, mainly in Belgium and Germany, in an attempt to expand her audience and become a more widely recognised singer.
Krappies & Krefies
You & I
44 Jongste Gunstelinge
Kaapse Draai Remix
Mense Soos Jy
As Jy Wonder
Nádine 10 Years Live DVD
This Time I Know
2012: Christmas In South Africa