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Ek Verlang Na Jou – Sonja Herholdt

Ek Verlang Na Jou – Sonja Herholdt

Sonja Herholdt - 20 Gewildste Treffers

Sonja Herholdt - 20 Gewildste Treffers

This is probably not a favourite with the more rock oriented music fans. Nor, I have no doubt, will it be one that kwaito fans have on any of their playlists. But, ‘Ek Verlang Na Jou’ is almost as entrenched in the South African music psyche as songs like ‘The Buccaneer’ and ‘Weeping’.

Love it or hate it, there’s no denying that it is a fine example of pre-Voëlvry Afrikaans music with its innocent lyrics, sugar sweet singing and lightweight, easy listening music. It was never far from a Mother Grundy’s gramophone, as was a lot of Sonja’s material and sailed to number 6 on the Springbok Radio charts in 1975.

Roll the clock on 25 years. Afrikaans music has had a complete make-over and Sonja, her success waning somewhat, did a Kylie Does Indie and tried a completely new sound. Working with Theunis Engelbrecht from Die Naaimasjiene (who covered ‘Ek Verlang Na Jou’ on their Die Saai Lewe album in 1997) and a group called Spiral Staircase, she released an album of harder edged music called ‘Reconstructing Alice’. Included on this album was a reworking of ‘Ek Verlang …’ The music on this version is menacing and dark and Sonja even manages to get some of this feeling into her voice, but it’s still ‘Ek Verlang Na Jou.’ That said, if you really can’t face listening to the original version, try the Reconstructed one. It’s far more palatable to a rock fan, but whichever recording you prefer, the song will remain a well known one in South African music history.

Where to find it:

Sonja – Sonja Herholdt, (1976) CDBRS 417

Afrikana – Tradisionele Afrikaanse Liedjies Volume 6 (2011) Next Music

Lyrics:

Ek verlang na jou.
Na die winde wat sy arms om my vou.
So verlang ek as die son en die maan en die wind en die wolke oor my gaan
Verlang jy ook na my?
Daar waar jy nou in die verrelande bly.
En verlang jy as die son en die maan en die wind en die wolke oor jou gaan?
Oh!, ek verlang na jou.
Na die winde wat sy arms om my vou.
So verlang ek as die son en die maan en die wind en die wolke oor my gaan.
Verlang jy ook na my?
Daar waar jy nou in die verrelande bly.
En verlang jy as die son en die maan en die wind en die wolke oor jou gaan?
Waai … wind.
Bring … hom terug na my.

Waai … wind.
Bring … hom terug na my.
Oh!, ek verlang na jou.
Ek verlang omdat ek baie van jou hou.
Ek verlang so as die son en die maan en die wind en die wolke oor my gaan.
Verlang jy ook na my?
Daar waar jy nou in die verrelande bly.
En verlang jy as die son en die maan en die wind en die wolke oor jou gaan?
Waai … wind.
Bring … hom terug na my.

Waai … wind.
Bring … hom terug na my.

(Written by: J de Wet / Hamman)

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8 thoughts on “Ek Verlang Na Jou – Sonja Herholdt

  1. Sonja dis praftig en glo my Harrismith sal jou regtig wil hoor!! Dankie jy is tops! Van Mattheus en Lulu Lombard.

  2. Baie dankie Sonja, jou musiek is medisyne vir die siel en gees. Pragtig!!! Van Mattheus en Lulu Lombard.

  3. Jaco Viviers on said:

    WOW , wat n treffer !!! Uitstekend , baie talentvolle sangeres ! Ek dink enige jong skoolseun , selfs ouer skoolseun wou een of ander tyd met Sonja Herholdt getrou het ;-)
    Jaco xxx

  4. Andrew Lorentz on said:

    As far as i can remember i have like her music she is my fave Afrikaans singer i grew up very english but her music caught mr the most use to sing it when i was alone ( was \ am) very shy please keep on singing as long as you can love your songs

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