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Sjeef By Die Koffie – Danie Pretorius

Sjeef By Die Koffie – Danie Pretorius

Danie Pretorius - Sjeef By Die Koffie

Danie Pretorius – Sjeef By Die Koffie

Not too much information is available on this song, but it seems that it was written as a parody of an old song called ‘Die Bokke se Klok’ and it asks the question ‘Who put the poison in the coffee.’ This was in response to an accusation made by a visiting diplomat to South Africa (possibly Victorio Carpio from the Phillipines) who claimed that his coffee was poisoned. The story goes that it was more an overindulgence in South Africa’s wines that caused his discomfort.

The song was written by Fanus Rautenbach and recorded by Danie Pretorius in 1962 and was listed as the 7th best seller for that year in a 1989 edition of Top 40 magazine. It’s a pretty traditional Afrikaans sound built around a rather catchy guitar riff and you can hear the laughter in Danie’s voice as he sings in his Al Debbo style of voice.

What is quite amazing is that this song was not updated after the 1995 Rugby World Cup where New Zealand team blamed food poisoning for not winning that final.

Where to find it:
Lekker Lag Liedjies – Danie Pretorius, Gallo (1997) CDTGE 8

Videos:
Danie Pretorius – Sjeef By Die Koffie:

Die Baron – Die Bokke se Klok:  

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