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2007-04-30 14:55

Watch our interview with Bok van Blerk now:
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I’m about to meet Bok van Blerk, the man behind the "De La Rey" controversy and I’m trying to picture what he might be like. He is probably quite arrogant, maybe even a bit curt. I prepare for the worst.

A young man with a big smile enters the room and introduces himself to the camera crew. Gasp. Bok van Blerk is actually a nice guy. Unlike some celebrities who exhibit diva-like behaviour, Bok is surprisingly down to earth and humble.

Bok sits down on the bar stool in front of the camera and our portable spot light. We are ready to begin the interview.

“Look, Bok in the headlights”, chirps Tanja, the sound girl.

Bok bursts out laughing. A cheerful Bok is what we experience all the way through the interview. He is open and forthcoming, never arrogant. Perhaps even a bit nervous at times. Bok told us they have written a few new songs, and that he definitely wants to give the people what they want, so he will produce another song in the vein of “De La Rey”. Who will it be about? Will it be Paul Kruger, De Wet or what about Mandela? Not to worry, they definitely won’t be going through a list of generals as they write their new songs.

He also candidly speaks about the success of his hit song “De La Rey” and how he didn’t foresee that it would spark such a debate. He also feels the media did take things a bit too far and pushed certain angles to highlight the right-wing connotations.

“It hurts me when people say, I only do it for the money,” Bok confess. He loves music and thinks people sometimes don’t realise that he makes music because it is his passion.

Don’t take our word for it, watch the video. Click on the video links above and see for yourself what Bok van Blerk is like and what he has to say about “De La Rey” and his new songs.

- If you enjoyed watching Bok van Blerk, watch or download our interviews with Chris Chameleon and Jan Blohm. You also get a chance to see them perform.
- Visit our KKNK web site to see more of your favourite musicians who attended this years KKNK in Oudtshoorn.

- Annel Malan

Bok van Blerk has written a new song, something similar to "De La Rey". He talks about the song and the “De La Rey” controversy.

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