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Die Mystic Boereorkes

2007-05-08 17:15

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“My hartjie my liefie, die son sak weg…” Valiant Swart sings out to the tune of the accordion. He might be singing traditional Afrikaans music but he is still the same blues-loving rock star he’s always been. “Boeremusiek is rebel music,” he states with conviction. Oom Ollie agrees, “Yes, I think with this new album Valiant has moved more to the outside.”

Valiant explains that it’s not such a big jump to move from singing the blues to performing boeremusiek. He believes boeremusiek is similar to blues; “Both are based on three cords and the truth” he says. Both genres are also derivatives of folk music, according to him, and were created by poor people living on the fringes of society. Valiant first got a taste for boeremusiek many years ago at the Okasie festival in London. There he ran into Ollie who was commissioned to play a boeremusiek set. Valiant asked if he could join him on stage.
“But we are only allowed to play boeremusiek”, Ollie tried to dissuade him.
“I can play boeremusiek,” protested Valiant.
Ollie says a few minutes into the set he heard a few blues cords coming from the back and there was Valiant plugging his guitar in and playing. Since that day Valiant has wanted to make a boeremusiek album.

In January this year they finally booked some studio time and recorded Vuur en Vlam. The reaction has been positive and they have started touring to showcase the new album.

To listen to Ollie and Valiant or to see more of the interview watch the video.

* STREET REVIEW: This is what the people on the street thought of Valiant and Ollie’s new CD.
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- Annel Malan

Afrikaans rocker Valiant Swart has made a boeremusiek album with folk legend, Ollie Viljoen. See them perform and watch our exclusive interview.

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