'Huyser lived in the highest gear'

2011-12-09 10:22
Pauli van Wyk
Johannesburg - Huyser Burger's work will always be a cornerstone in South African music, friends said on Thursday at the singer and artist's memorial service.

Former Blue Bulls captain Derick Ku√ľn's favourite memory of Burger, his cousin, was family Christmases on the farm.

"Huyser is about 12 years older than me and he always got us little ones to perform a Christmas concert for the adults.

"We performed the birth of Jesus with songs and dances. Especially because it's Christmas now, I remember it, his great love for music."

Burger died on Monday at 02:15 after he was diagnosed with acute kidney and liver failure. He was in hospital for a week.

Burger and Paul Riekert were the founding members of music group Battery9, who popularised alternative Afrikaans music with an industrial feel in the 1990s.

Riekert described Burger during the service as someone who could create easily.

'Without any admin'

"The masterful and emotional charge in his work was unique and he touched many people with it.

"One of us would have needed five or six lives to experience everything like Huyser could experience it.

"He lived as he wanted, with no mediocrity, in highest gear and without any admin," said Riekert, to which his friends laughed loudly.

That is how they knew "Hysie".

It was a cosmopolitan gathering of people of all ages and races. Bikers and celebrities such as Chris Chameleon, Amalanka Chardonnay, Deon Maas and Arno Carstens also attended the service.

The chapel was packed and extra chairs had to be carried in at the Dutch Reformed Church in Constantiakruin, Roodepoort.

Burger would've celebrated his 40th birthday on January 1.

(Photos: Nelius Rademan)