Die Tuindwergies – Afrikaans folk fun

8 Apr

Die TuindwergiesDie Tuindwergies would have been called The Garden Gnomes had they been an English band.

Had they been an English band, however, I don’t think that they would have been quite as awesome as they are. You see, this band has a way to write songs that not only hook you melodically, but also lyrically. In the same way that a car that looks good still needs a proper engine to be considered a proper car, so Die Tuindwergies have managed to provide us with good tunes both lyrically and melodically. However, and this I have learnt from watching way too many Top Gear episodes, a good car is not always a fun car. Sometimes, a car that is fun to drive is not even necessarily the best or best looking car. This is where my whole band vs car analogy really kicks in.

Dawie and the GnomeYou see, Die Tuindwergies are not the best band to ever walk the earth. Although they are definitely very talented and musically experienced, their music is not an ensemble of intricate riffs with interweaving  poetic explorations into the psyche of the song itself. It is basic music done very well… and it is fun.

One of their greatest hits, and by far one of my favourite songs, is called Kopskudkinners. The entire premise of this song speaks to me. In fact, let’s go as  far as calling it one of my anthems. It’s essentially a song about making peace with who you are, what you stand for and being at peace with the perception people have of you.

Pieter de Jager (courtesy of Christelle Duvenhage)Die Tuindwergies are:

  • Pieter de Jager (Lead vocals & Acoustic)
  • Emile Swiegers (Electric Guitar)
  • Jean Swiegers (Drums)
  • Dawie de Jager (Bass)

You can find them on:



a-to-z-letters-dThis 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

5 Responses to “Die Tuindwergies – Afrikaans folk fun”

  1. Joe Owens 8 April 2013 at 19:20 #

    I can say I have not heard of this band. Perhaps because i am stuck in the U.S.A.

    • BaasDeBeer 9 April 2013 at 00:34 #

      I am sorry to hear of your unfortunate disposition :p

      Have you ever been to South Africa?

  2. Another Clean Slate 10 April 2013 at 00:54 #

    I enjoyed the song- thanks for sharing!


  1. Lentelawaai – You should have been there! | BaasDeBeer's Blog - 3 September 2013

    […] Die Tuindwergies – Playing a variety of their songs from the older ones till now, the solid combo of some of the nicest musicians in South Africa took the party up to the next level. With the Kopskudkinners singing along and front-man Pieter losing his shirt in spite of the fading sunlight, Die Tuindwergies led us into the 2nd half of the event. […]

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