Top 10 Things You Did Not Know About Coenie de Villiers In 2019 – He has been a presenter, part of the kykNet flagship magazine programme on DSTV, Kwêla, for an approximate of 17 years.
He eventually produced and presented the critically-acclaimed television series ‘n Ander Wêreld for kykNET, simultaneously ‘n documentary fusing Afrikaans legends and up-and-coming hip-hop artists, Vat die Rap.
- Coenie de Villiers has transformed the landscape of South African music and to be specific Afrikaans music over the past 40 years.
2. His debut recording (composition for EMI and dropped in 1978/9) received a SARIE Award and the song’s organic flare prognosticated what has resulted in one of the most comprehensive and pivotal creative careers in South African music.
3. Coenie has been able to grace stages in Canada, England, Holland, Belgium and New Zealand.
4. Prominent names who have Artists who have rubbed shoulders with him and collaborated with him his well-praised albums include Dave Koz, Jonathan Butler, Hugh Masekela, Sibongile Khumalo, Sipho Gumede, Amampondo, Gloria Bosman, David Kramer, Robbie Jansen, Basil “Mannenberg” Coetzee, and a plethora of the greatest names in quality Afrikaans music, including Karen Zoid, Laurika Rauch and Kurt Darren.
5. In his album, Hart van Glas (Heart of Glass) elevated to gold status and was given good reviews. His opera Maximilan (with lyrics by John Jackson) was performed in Austria in 2009 as part of the Klagenfurt Summer Festival.
6. He was presented to Paddy Lee-Thorp of Mountain Records by David Kramer in 1981, and Coenie recorded and dropped his first album Skoppensboer on that label in 1982.
7. Coenie resided on the island of Cyprus during the cusp of the eighties and nineties.
8. He narrated, recorded and produced the album Amper Alleen (Nearly Alone) in Cyprus and in Athens, Greece.
9. Coenie and his family ushered back to South Africa following the release of Nelson Mandela. He then emancipated Hartland, an album which revealed at the pain and gloom of South Africa, and which collaborated an extraordinary vocal performance by Leslie Rae Dowling.
10. His following album, Zen, mirrors the confidence of a musician and song – narrater with years of experience behind him. He proved himself by including a raucous duet with South African rock singer Karen Zoid. This album won the SAMA award as best adult contemporary Afrikaans album of 2003.
Written by: Aphiwe Theodorah Mvinjelwa