Danser – Anton Goosen
You could be forgiven for thinking you had accidently put on a Bob Marley CD when you hear the start of Anton Goosen’s ‘Danser’ as it is pure reggae with those short sharp organ bursts peppering a skip-jump bass and that chaka-chaka sound that the reggae bands love. But then he throws in some sax and pennywhistle and of course his growly laid back vocals and this, along with the fact that he is singing in Afrikaans, tells you it’s not Bob, but Anton.
He also then throws a spanner in the works by having a little interlude that sounds almost like sakkie-sakkie just to mix things up. But at no time during the just under 3 minutes of this song can you stop dancing. And that is how it should by. A song entitled ‘Danser’ should not be a drige or some strange experimental jazz, that would be false advertising.
To top it all and be a bit contrary (it wouldn’t be Anton if he wasn’t) he goes and records the song again with English lyrics. This time round it sounds as if he was doing a vocal stint for Mango Groove as the song sounds a little like their ‘Love Is The Hardest Part’. He does, however, steer clear of any trouble with the Advertising Standards people as if you see the song spelt ‘Dancer’ it’s in English and ‘Danser’ is in Afrikaans. The English version can be found on the album entitled ‘Danzer’ (yet another spelling just to ensure we remain confused – go Anton) or the ‘Grootste Treffers’ album, while the Afrikaans version can be found on ‘33 Sea-Sides (Om Te Rock ‘n’ Roll)’.
Where to find it:
Grootste Treffers Van Die Liedjieboer – Anton Goosen (2010), Select Musiek,SELBCD 887
Danzer – Anton Goosen (2007)
33 Sea-Sides (Om Te Rock ‘n’ Roll) – Anton Goosen (2008), Rhythm Records, RR090