Johannesburg - Afrikaans music lovers used to popular singer Chris Chameleon's melodious adoptions of renowned South African writer Ingrid Jonker’s
poems will have to stand strong: the latest renditions of these iconic
verses may just make their eardrums burst.
Jonker’s only daughter, Simone, says her mother’s verses need a bit
more oomph. That is why she asked a few of Afrikaans's most kick-ass rock
bands to give her famous mother’s verses some punch, City Press reports.
Francois B Blom of the hard-metal groups KOBUS! and Voice of
Destruction (VOD) has already covered Die Kind (The Child - here read by former president Nelson Mandela during his first opening of Parliament) in his
typical heavy metal style.
The track is not yet available, but it is safe to expect sulfur and
peat, especially for those familiar with Blom's dark and rough guitar
"This is our golden track," said Ernesto Garcia Marquez, Simone's husband, about next year's album, which will be released exactly 50
years after Jonker's suicide.
Anton Goosen is doing Plant vir my ’n Akkerboom (Plant an Oak Tree
for me), Die Naaimasjiene are doing Mamma and Riku Lätti (now known as
Victor S Wolf ) is doing Ballade vir drie vriende (Ballad for Three
Inge Beckmann of the rock group Lark and Beast will be singing
Korreltjie Sand (Grain of Sand) and according to Garcia Marquez, they
are still waiting for Karen Zoid's recording.
Die kind is nog jonger (The child is still younger) is a double album
with 35 tracks. The album has been worked on for the past 18 months,
and 31 of these tracks are already recorded in different styles: rock
and roll, punk, reggae, industrial and of course, heavy metal.
"Ingrid Jonker was not mainstream, she was an alternative. Therefore
we will now have alternative musicians putting my mother’s poems to
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