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Meisie Sonner Sokkies – David Kramer

Meisie Sonner Sokkies – David Kramer

Eina by David Kramer

Eina by David Kramer

Apparently, ‘Meisie Sonner Sokkies’ is one of the most requested songs at any sokkie jol. Perhaps it is the rebellious nature of the meisie that attracts people to her – how can you be sonner sokkies at a sokkie jol. That said, it is more likely the pure joie de vivre of the song that only the most hard hearted people will not, as a bare minimum, tap a foot along with it.

David Kramer is a national treasure, having contributed richly to the musical heritage of the country in both political and non-political ways. He has also worked hard to preserve sounds of the Cape in his Karoo Kitaar Blues project. But every now and then the sparkle in his eye lights up and he produces gems like ‘Meisie…’

For those of you who are a bit anti Kramer’s ‘boereorkes’ sounds, it is worth checking out this song out. Just listen to the honky tonk sounding guitar which introduces the song and is prevalent throughout. It has a blues feel to it and is extremely catchy. ‘Meisie Sonner Sokkies’ can be enjoyed purely as something to get you to langarm on the dance floor, or you can just sit back (tapping you feet, naturally) and enjoy the masterful musicianship on it.

Where to find it:

Eina – David Kramer (1989), Blik Musiek
Klassic Kramer – David Kramer (1996), Blik Musiek, BLIK03
Alles Vannie Beste – David Kramer (1997), Blik Musiek, BLIK04

Cover version

Terwyl Die Donker Wolke Dans – Die Tuindwergies (2012), Jeamile Music



Cover version:

Love Connection – Plastik Mak

Love Connection – Plastik Mak (Save this for a rainy day)

Love Connection – Plastik Mak

Love Connection – Plastik Mak

Plastik Mak were formed as a fictitious disco group for the movie ‘Follow That Rainbow’. As this proved quite successful, they made the move from fiction to reality and, along with their creator and main songwriter, Terry Dempsey, went on to record an album. The group consisted of Zayne Adams (was in Pacific Express and became a music producer), Joanna Fields (had a hit with ‘Don’t Fly Too High’) and Alison O’Donnell (was in the Irish band Mellow Candle, she was also in Flibbertigibbet).

Keeping true to their disco roots, ‘Love Connection’ was released after the movie and features a pounding disco beat accompanied by a great honky tonk-ish piano. But it is the strength of Adam’s vocals which interplay beautifully with Fields and O’Donnell’s backing vocals that come through so strongly, that ‘backing’ is a bit of an understatement.

The song bounces along at pace with is packed full of feel good factor. The public took to the sound and propelled the song to number 14 on the Springbok Top 20 charts.

Where to find it:
Singles bins at your local vinyl store.

20 Golden Greats Volume Two  (1980), EMI Brigadiers, EMCJ(W)1157


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