1001 South African Songs You Must Hear Before You Go Deaf

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Clap Your Hands And Stamp Your Feet – Maria

Clap Your Hands And Stamp Your Feet – Maria

Clap Your Hands And Stamp Your Feet - Maria

Clap Your Hands And Stamp Your Feet – Maria

Clap Your Hands And Stamp Your Feet - Maria

Clap Your Hands And Stamp Your Feet – Maria

Discovered by Dickie Loader, Maria Lopez (born in Lourenco Marques)
had a string of hits that charted on the Springbok Top 20 in the 70’s.
Her biggest hit was a cover version of Dutch artist Bonnie St Claire
‘Clap Your Hands And Stamp Your Feet’. Bonnie managed to get to number
3 in her country with her version, but Maria went to the top in South
Africa.

There is a sort Slade-lite feel to the song. Maria doesn’t quite have
the raw edge growl of Noddy Holder, but the song itself does boast a
pounding glam rock beat. One could also argue that Maria’s version is
not too dissimilar to Bonnie’s, but the main point of this list is
that these are songs that form part of the South African psyche and
that our memories are based on the versions we would have heard. But
no matter which version you chose, there is little doubt you will be
clapping your hands and stamping your feet to this number which was
made with party DJs in mind.

Where to find it:
Various Artists – The Best of SA Pop Volume 1 (1994) GMP, CDGMPD 40485 (CD)

Video:
Maria:


Bonnie St Claire:

Lyrics:

What I wanna say
was it yesterday
that I saw you also there
yes I know you tried
close by my side
to draw my attention dear
but you understand
that I really can not come
in touch with you
but if you really will,
if you want it still
I tell you what you have to do
Well clap your hands
and stamp your feet
and I’ll come runnin’,
runnin’, runnin’ baby
well clap your hands
and stamp your feet
and I’ll come running
running, wait and see.

Huma la la la, Huma la la
Huma la la la la

And it’s great to see
that you want just me
and I think I’m the happiest
girl you’ve ever met
just be sure of that
I’d like to tell it
the whole wide world
Every moment dear I wanna be near
I wished I had a crystal ball
so that immediately I knew
you needed me by doing
our strange way to call
well clap your hands
and stamp your feet
and I’ll come running,
running, running baby
well clap your hands
and stamp your feet
and I’ll come runnin’,
runnin’ wait and see.

Huma la la la, Huma la la
Huma la la la la

(c) Tekst & Muziek : Peter Koelewijn

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3 thoughts on “Clap Your Hands And Stamp Your Feet – Maria

  1. Andrew Pike on said:

    I had that 7 single!
    Think I got it on one of those CNA 50cent (the money, not the artist) sales where you had to dig thru a mound of vinyls in a metal basket. Such sales also produced gems like ‘in the air tonight’

  2. Those CNA sales contributed quite a lot to my singles (and LP) collection too!

  3. Mary-ann Swarts (nee Potgieter) on said:

    I went to school with Maria’s daughter (Barnato Park Primary) and she gave me a t-shirt with Maria’s face on – don’t have it anymore. Loved the song!

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