kykNET honours legends of music

2017-02-28 18:00

Cape Town - kykNET is very excited to announce that the documentary series Legendes van Afrikaanse Musiek, where they pay tribute to the giants of this industry, can be seen every Wednesday night at 20:30 from March on kykNET Nou! (DStv channel 146).  

kykNET received a lot of requests about the series after three episodes aired in January, and therefore it was decided to give viewers five additional episodes on kykNET Nou!. The 24-episode series was commissioned by kykNET and was produced over a period of 2 years (2014 – 2016) by various producers.

In the first episode (1 and 3 March) kykNET tell the story of music legend, Min Shaw. She was a singer of especially popular classics, but in later years also Afrikaans- and English gospel. She became famous in 1968 with the song Jy is my liefling, which was also the theme song of the movie, where she acted alongside Franz Marx. Shaw was honoured with three Sarie-awards, two gold albums, a platinum album and a double platinum album for record sales of her gospel albums. In 1996 she was also honoured by the ATKV for her contribution to the promotion of Afrikaans music.

Gé Korsten needs no introduction and on 8 March kykNET looks at his life and career, as well as stories from his family and colleagues. Korsten (6 December 1927 – 29 September 1999) was a South African opera tenor and actor who had an immense influence on the Afrikaans culture. As opera singer, he appeared on stage more than 3000 times where he acted in 23 different roles for some of the biggest operas. In 1965 Korsten started his career in music with the album Gé Korsten Sing Uit Die Hart which quickly became the top seller, with a career that spans over 40 years.

Cora Marie was born on 3 January 1953 and at one year old, after the death of her father, she was placed in an orphanage in Springs. She rose spectacularly above her circumstances and in 1974 recorded her first single, Hasta Manjana, an ABBA-cover. In 1980 she achieved success with her album Lang Verlang Kontrei, where her biggest hit song Gee Haar ‘n Roos featured. Cora passed away on 8 July 1994, after a two-year long battle with cancer. kykNET’s tribute to this musical heroine will be aired on 15 and 17 March on kykNET Nou!.

Who doesn’t regularly sing the song Ek sou Kon Doen Met ‘n Miljoen when finances are tight? We can’t help but remember the legendary Lucas Maree, who was known for giving more than he received. For most of his career Maree sang English music in bars and restaurants in Pretoria and surrounds. He only started writing Afrikaans music in 1981, after he attended a Jannie du Toit concert. He released many albums over the span of his career and conquered the hearts of South Africans with his sing-along songs. Maree was diagnosed with cancer in 2010 and on 18 February 2011, at the age of 58, he passed away.  His episode airs on 22 and 24 March.

On 29 and 31 March, we look at the life and career of the South African music-sweetheart, Anneli van Rooyen. Since the first sounds of Seemeeu and Ek Kan Dit Nie Keer hit the airwaves in 1980, hearts throughout the country opened for her and have since then, stayed open. Annelie has been battling a-typical trigeminal neuralgia for years. She disappeared from the scene in the early 2000’s to recover from a difficult surgery, but in 2015 she decided to make her comeback. With her latest CD, Nogtans Sal Ek Sing, she succeeded in overcoming the silence of the past nine years. A triumph for the endurance of the human spirit.

The schedule for the episodes are as follows:

1 & 3 March:  Min Shaw
8 & 10 March:  Gé Korsten
15 & 17 March:  Cora Marie
22 & 24 March:  Lucas Maree
29 & 31 March:  Anneli van Rooyen

Tune in for Legendes van Afrikaanse Musiek on kykNET Nou! (DStv channel 146), Wednesday nights at 20:30, with repeats on Friday nights at 21:00.

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