Dave van Vuuren releases debut album

2011-11-24 10:45
Pauli van Wyk
Johannesburg – Two months after being crowned the winner of Idols in a nailbiter finale – Dave van Vuuren's debut album Free the Animals is now available in stores.

"My lifelong dream has finally come true so we decided to get things done swiftly," said Van Vuuren on Tuesday.

"It's an incredible feeling. I have worked so hard these past few weeks. It was an intense time. There was even a stage that I did nine shows in seven days. Now my voice is kind of croaky, I am terribly tired, but very happy."

The title of the album, Free the Animals, refers to the name of Dave's band – that currently consists of only two members.

"My friend A'ron Harmse and I write our own music and decide how the other instruments have to fit in around that."

The album consists of 17 tracks, of which three were by composed by Dave himself.

No fear

"I already have plans for my second album which I want to call Cowboys of the Dauntless," said the Idols winner who is known for his passionate performances.

"I believe in having no fear when it comes to living my dream. I am here to make music and I lose myself completely when I sing."

Dave came under fire earlier this month when he was accused of being a "diva" after allegedly throwing a tantrum at a corporate event where he performed.

"Yes," he sighs. "Unfortunately I am not a corporate kind of guy. I am passionate about music and I want to change the world with my music. That's why I was upset that no one really cared that I was on stage and continued to play with their cellphones. However, it's not true that I swore and threw down the microphone. I would never do that."

Free the Animals will be available at selected stores on Thursday and will will be available nationwide on 2 December.


  • Craig - 2011-11-24 10:50

    I would rather gargle razor blades thanks!!

  • John - 2011-11-24 11:07

    Are you sure that his album was released and had not escaped?

  • renejupp - 2011-11-24 12:47

    Not a Corporate kind of guy? So no more Corporate gigs? as if... you love the money too much. The wrong guy won idols!!

  • Hannetjie - 2011-11-24 13:09

    I much prefer the runner up Mark Haze but good luck to Dave with his 1st album.

  • Carien - 2011-11-25 10:24

    Well done Davey Dave. Cannot wait to buy your album. Love you!!!!

  • theuns.esterhuysen - 2011-11-25 13:14

    Out of the total population of millions in South Africa and Namibia, I know for a fact that this selfcentred a-hole will probably sell less than a 100 cd's, not with a soundtrack but with a braille booklet, cause nobody with hearing will buy his crap. Rather support real artists like Mark Haze and Elvis Blue. Yet another rigged season of Idols!!!!

  • Misty - 2011-12-05 07:59

    Dave you are awsome and deserved to win Idols and to all of you who say it was riged no it was not they were autited votes. Daves new CD is fantastic and he is a very talented young man so if you cant say anything nice dont say it at all. Well done Dave you rock and are truely an amazing singer and a good person.

  • Hangwani - 2012-01-10 13:14

    I would prefer Mark Haze, cause he is great. Dave winning shocked him as well.

  • joe.mc.clure.2112 - 2012-09-07 22:19

    ...and the lead single comes out and is credit given to A Silent Film, who wrote You Will Leave a Mark? Not that I can find anywhere on the web and certainly not on his YouTube video.

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