Formerly 'Rambling with a cantankerous old mule"
Yes, I know Afrikaans music won’t mean much to most of you outside South Africa, but this blog is also aimed at many of my friends who now live outside our borders.
On Saturday night I ventured across to the former shrine to Afrikanerdom, the Voortrekker Monument. Where solemn religious services were once held, a pop concert was in full swing when I arrived just before 8pm. The reason I risked crossing the cultural divide? My friend Riana Nel was singing.
Riana is enjoying a stirling year on the South African pop charts – with four number ones on Jacaranda FM’s Top Twenty (and other charts across the country). Just last month her latest album Die Moeite Werd (Worth It) won best pop album at the Huisegnoot Tempo awards – Afrikaans music’s premier awards. She has worked hard for it, paid her dues, and is now criss-crossing the nation singing in church halls, sport stadiums, amphitheatres and other venues big and small. And from what I witnessed on Saturday night, she’s loving every minute.
Shall I leave you with one of her most popular country-pop songs? Why not …