Johannes Kerkorrel - Pers reën

South African singer-songwriter, journalist and playwright born in Johannesburg as Ralph John Rabie (27 March 1960 – 12 November 2002). He worked as a journalist for the Afrikaans Sunday newspaper Rapport. In 1986, as apartheid reached its zenith, he started performing politically themed cabaret at arts festivals under his new stage name, Johannes Kerkorrel, which resulted in him being fired by Rapport for using quotes from political speeches in his music. He then became a full-time musician and performer under the name Johannes Kerkorrel en die Gereformeerde Blues Band. The band also included the Afrikaans singer-songwriter Koos Kombuis. At the time their brand of new Afrikaans music was dubbed alternative Afrikaans and exposed divergent political views to a new generation of Afrikaners.

In 1989, they released the album "Eet Kreef" on the Shifty Records label, which was a commercial success, despite its tracks being banned from radio airplay by the South African Broadcasting Corporation. The subsequent regional tour of college campuses and art festivals was called Voëlvry, and Rabie's controversial reinvention of Afrikaans popular music became known as the Voëlvry movement.

In 1990, Rabie visited Amsterdam, and almost simultaneously the track "Hillbrow" from the "Eet Kreef" album became a hit in Belgium. In subsequent years he enjoyed substantial artistic success in Belgium and the Netherlands, and spent much of his time there. Here he also befriended Stef Bos, a Dutch cabaret artist, with whom he would share a number of concerts.

He committed suicide on 12 November 2002 in Kleinmond, near Hermanus in the Western Cape.

This song is off the album "Bloudruk", released in 1992. Guitar - Mauritz Lotz, bass - Victor Masondo, keyboards - Didi Kriel, drums - Ian Herman.
Johannes Kerkorrel
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