Ralph Michielsen is one of Afrikaans music's pioneers. His style has an artistic integrity which is rare in an overly manufactured musical generation which we are all currently exposed to. He was initially drummer and then bassist / backing vocalist for Steve Hofmeyr's Dusk band in the late '80's through to the early '90's.
Ralph is back in the music arena in a solo project with a polished, thought provoking and memorable 12 track CD.
With guitars and programming by Andries Botha, Vinnie Henrico on Drums, Jasper "Jazz" van Rensburg on Bass, this CD is refreshing, easy listening and addictive.
The title track "Malpitmuti" (Steve Hofmeyr, EMI) is a mix of foot tapping melodies and thought provoking lyrics.
"Gee my Malpitmuti vir die poegaaikind, en 'n splinternuwe donkie vir Klaasgeswind, en 'n dubbel dosis Disprin om die bloed te Verdun, Want my hart klop weer swaar en hy staan weer punt..."
Track 2, "Sesde Laan" (Lourens Bezuidenhout, EMI - from the successful "Gravity's Grace"), is getting a lot of airplay, and has already hit Top5 on Vaal Radio and is now being picked up by other Gauteng stations.
Track 3, "Oë van my kind" (Lourens Bezuidenhout, EMI) delves deep into Ralph's character and humble past. His love for family and his 2 beautiful daughters, who make an appearance on the track with touching harmonies and vocals, adds human emotion to this song. During the CD launch, Ralph and his daughters brought tears to the eyes of the usual stoic press, who, at the end of the rendition, stood up and applauded as one in acclaim. It is a deeply moving song and will touch the hearts of any parent who has been torn from their children through divorce.
"...Jy is my rigtingstêr, Jy is my lewe wêrd, Als wat ek doen is vir jou, En die pad is vol dorings...Maar ek hoef niks te vrees, Jy's altyd hier vir my, Jy sal baklei vir my, Ek hoef niks te vrees..."
Track 4, "Over & Over" (Steve Hofmeyr, EMI) is a showcase of Steve's writing and Ralph's Tenor voice. It has a tune that will be a hit on dance floors and parties alike, and will play over and over in your head!
Track 7, "Toe ons nog kinders was" is a nostalgic return to days gone by, with a bold arrangement, super melodies and chorus.
Let's not spoil the other gems on this CD by giving too much away. Pop out and get a copy or click Kontak to find out where you can get a copy.
Ralph is available for concerts, product launches, and gigs countrywide.
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