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Andre Swiegers in Clarens
December 13, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
South African singer-songwriter André Swiegers was born on Valentine’s Day 1958. The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens, Gordon Lightfoot and Paul Simon inspired his lifelong passion for music.
In 1979 he played with Sonja Heroldt in the film “Sing vir die Harlekyn.
After a suggestion from a friend to write and sing more in Afrikaans, André wrote the song “Blou”. Laurika Rauch originally recorded this song in 1990. (Twelve years later André and Réana Nel re-recorded this as a duet. “Blou” has also been translated into French (“Tout Bleu”) and recorded by Maud Myra.
At the end of 1992, André stopped performing, but continued writing music. During 1994 he recorded his first English album “Tablature”. The Coleske brothers later approached André to write lyrics for their new album. “Take Me where the Sun is Shining” reached the top of the Hit Parade in various European countries. In 1997 SAMRO rated this song as one of the twelve biggest South African hits since the 50’s. The Swiegers/Coleske Composition “Aphrodite” was rated by SAMA (South African Music Awards) as one of South Africa’s Top Ten Songs of 2001. In 2005 Andre’s album “Sirkels van Tyd” won two awards: Best Adult Contemporary Album; Best Producer of an Afrikaans Album.
Ghost Train, Andre Swiegers’ newly launched album, is easy listening music that grows on you over time. The melodies are somewhat haunting, with a few upbeat country songs, blues beats and folk songs thrown in the mix. His music doesn’t preach or attack issues; rather it soothes and spreads the joy of living.