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Nicholis Louw is a South African Afrikaans language pop singer/songwriter who was a celebrity coach on the third season of the reality talent show Supersterre. On 30 November 2007 his protege Kobus Muller won the competition and Nicholis was rewarded with the R250 000 Coaches prize.
In 2003 he released his debut album My Hart Is An Die Brand (My heart Is On Fire) which went Platinum, selling more than 50 000 copies.
In 2005 he released his second album entitled Rock Daai Lyfie (Rock That Body) and followed this up with the release of the same album recorded for a live audience.
In March 2007 he his latest album entitled Hier Naby Jou (Here Near You).Website
Kurt's song Meisie Meisie made platinum status with over 60 000 sales in 2002. Kurt performed with the group Smokie on the Symphony cruise liner in February 2000, singing their song Living Next Door to Alice with the group.Kurt's television appearances include:Punchline in 1994, Good Morning S.A. and The Breakfast Club (several times) as well as Geraas, DKNT, Leriekeraai, Bang Jan Dooie Jan, Dis hoe dit is met Steve, Maak 'n Las, Noot vir Noot, Belboks and Ontbytsake.Has appeared regularly at KKNK at Oudtshoorn.
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Robbie Wessels is a singer, songwriter, actor and storyteller.Well known for his role as Poena in the popular television series Gauteng-alêng-alêng in 2002. He released his first album 'My Vissermanvriend se Pa', more than 120 000 copies were sold. His second album 'Halley se Komeet' was released in 2006. In his acting career he has made appearances in Hart van Staal, 7de Laan and Isidingo.
Ray Dylan is al sedert 2002 een van Suid-Afrika se geliefdste sangers met sy debuutalbum New Kid in Town. Sedert dien het hy al verskeie hoogtepunte beleef onder andere duette saam met Nicholis Louw en Karen Zoid. Dié sanger is 'n volronde kunstenaar geseën met een van die beste stemme in Suid-Afrikaanse musiek, styl veelsydig en 'n energieke kunstenaar wat die elektriese kitaar tydens sy optredes...
On 6 February 2007 the South African Department of Arts and Culture issued a statement regarding the song "De la Rey" (which is a tribute to Koos de la Rey) regarding the controversy that arose due to the popularity of the song with some Afrikaners, who interpret the lyrics as a call to armed battle.At some of his concerts some audience members have flown the old South African flag and the Transvaal Vierkleur.
The Orange Free State Vierkleur is shown in the De La Rey video as part of the period scene depicted in the song and video. In a Huisgenoot article the magazine challenged Minister Pallo Jordan to comment on the song and the message it is said to contain. In the statement the Department deplored the possibility that the song could be hijacked by right-wing circles, but wished the singer good luck. The Minister also stated that he has no problem with protests or mobilisation from the opposition, as long as they occur within the framework of the law.
Van Blerk himself says that he does not identify himself with the old South African flag, nor does he want to be associated with it. But he does promote Afrikaans and has refused to participate in the concert organised by the 94.7 Highveld Stereo radio station because of their policy not to play Afrikaans music.He also makes it clear that he does not side with the Boeremag, that he does not believe violence to be a solution to problems and that General De la Rey was pro-peace.Koos Kombuis also points out that Van Blerk's rugby-song is about a coloured rugby player, Bryan Habana.