Deon Meiring shared my video and Bouwer Bosch commented on it – Wicked!
I am aware that most people outside South Africa don’t even know who Deon and Bouwer are and that I’m pretty much alone with my joy in their music. My followers from South Africa may not even like their songs. But I’m still dancing and headbanging and jumping around to their music in my room on a regular basis – and yes, still not understanding everything they sing about!
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I am pretty much the only fan of all the people I know and most likely among the very few there are in Britain (or Germany) in general… That and the fact that I’m detached enough to know: they’re humans, I don’t really know them, I’m not into everything they do… helps not to get sucked into some kind of weird fandom with feelexplosions, where the emotions of one person are amplified by a whole lot of others, and drag you into some swirling vortex… I still have a life! Yay!
But I really do enjoy their music and I have been enjoying it for more than 2 months now, which makes me think I must be a fan, because my phases of liking most other music don’t last that long. I haven’t been a real fan since the Backstreet Boys (when I was 8) and my prolongued period of buying all Linkin Park, Evanescence, Avril Lavigne and Alanis Morissette albums (14-16)…now it’s out…and I’m not ashamed to admit it! But this is a little different now, because unlike the other internationally famous bands I used to listen to, the band members of the bands I currently like suddenly speak to me. They are actually ‘real’! And this is something that kind of gave me heart palpitations for a while…and I had to turn their music off in more ‘intimate’ situations, because that’d have been weird,…it’s as if they were actually talking to me… yeah…I hear voices… must be crazy.
Guess I was lucky with Glaskas and Dans Dans Lisa though, because Glaskas was the first Afrikaans-speaking band I actually came across (other than that, I’ve been a big fan of Goldfish, from SA, since 2011 – but their music’s English)…I have to admit, much to my own dismay, that approx. 80% of all other Afrikaans music I have heard so far is actually not for me (Die Heuwels Fantasties are probably next to be covered though). Perhaps I wouldn’t be learning Afrikaans now if I hadn’t taken so much pleasure in their songs. —->
Okay, now you get the idea. Two days ago, I made a cover version of one of their songs, namely ‘Kom ons sing’ (my cover - the original ). And you know how there’s loads of covers out there of English songs of internationally famous people and not many of the covers seem to attract the attention of the celebrities who sung them. I mean Lady Gaga having a couple of gifted children who covered her songs perform with her on stage is like…a cute exception.
I shared my cover and I got instant feedback, not only from my lovely followers here, but from the actual artists themselves. Now I know I musn’t let this get to my head, Deon insists they haven’t reached Justin Bieber kind of fame even in South Africa, because the alternative scene isn’t big…so I may not be able to compare this to being noticed by Lady Gaga. But it’s not about that and it’s not even about the acknowledgement of my skills on a merely objective level. I think it’s getting this kind of recognition so ‘early’ in my blogging career from someone I consider extraordinarily talented is mind-blowing and it’s a real honour that they liked what I did and that I even get to play their original chords and lyrics and have annotations to them. It makes me smile so much and sleep so well, I just have to share it.
There’s a new page in the main menu: “Help my met my Afrikaans”!
I would like to notify everyone, especially my lovely Afrikaans native speaking followers, that there is a new page called “Help my met my Afrikaans” up in the main menu, in which I collect the gems of your language, namely idioms, fill words, tongue twisters…everything that I can practice ’til oblivion and that tells me more about your culture. I had already started collecting some idioms – Nick was so friendly to give me a good list – in one of my posts. But I think this can be extended even further. I recently learned “hang jou kop in skaamte” – and I love it to bits!!!
New videos on pronounciation!
Last but not least: I will make some short videos with me reading out newspaper articles or something in Afrikaans from now on. I will do them once a week – whenever I feel I have the time, so there won’t be any schedule.
I will look for short texts that exist in written and have been recorded as audios, so I can practice the pronounciation and check back. Having videos with subtitles is a start. But I would actually love some really coherent texts that I could reat out in my own time and then compare.