I do not like Afrikaans sokkie music.
I find it unbelievably intolerable to listen to and as a matter of fact I barely classify it as music. This rant will probably get it’s own post at a stage. However, the main point is that I don’t like it, mostly due to the lack of any artistic integrity, creative input or musical ability with which these “hits” are mass produced.
Christiaan is a predominantly Afrikaans, South African musician. Growing up in a very musical family, he decided very early in life that he wants to become a professional musician/performer. He has had a very interesting journey, one that is reflected in the songs he wrote all through his life, to get to where is now.
Probably the biggest problem that Christiaan has had to face in his career, is to find the balance between making music that will sell and thus put food on the table, versus maintaining his musical integrity. In my personal opinion he has managed to do this perfectly. Writing intelligent lyrics and putting it to a catchy beat, or even challenging the listener with a slightly more evolved song progression while keeping the listening easy has been one of Christiaan’s greatest achievements to date.
Making his mark in the music scene in South Africa has led Christiaan to various interesting experiences. Amongst others, he was in the top 10 of the first (and only) Afrikaans Idols competition in 2006, he won the Huisgenoot Tempo Songwriter of the Year award in 2009 and has enjoyed quite diverse media attention, not just for his music but also for his lifelong journey in overcoming dyslexia and overall for being a nice, friendly, charitable guy.
If you ever have the chance to see Christiaan Kritzinger perform, do it. He does a lot of private & corporate functions, but if you’re lucky you’ll still see him at a pub entertaining the masses with his own original works as well as energetic renditions of well known songs.
Here’s the official music video for “Asem”, one of the radio hits off of Christiaan’s latest album, “Mal Vir Jou”. It features the well known actress/presenter, Angelique Gerber.
Christiaan’s cover of Adele’s “Set fire To The Rain”
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This post is part of my “A2Z Blogging Challenge”, where I have committed to creating one post per day, every day of April (except for Sundays), thematically according to the alphabet. For more info on this challenge, check out www.a-to-zchallenge.com