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I Am The Eagle You’re The Wind – Bles Bridges

Net Vir Jou - Bles Bridges

Net Vir Jou – Bles Bridges

Love him or hate him, this list would not be complete without a Bles Bridges song. He was a huge star amonst the Afrikaans portion of the South African population and well known amongst the English speakers as well. His success was perhaps due in part to him singing in both languages.

Born in Viljoensdrift in the Free State, (with the name Lawrence John Gabriel Bridges), he began his professional career in the early 80s and by the time he died in 2000 (in a motor accident) he had shifted 2.5 million records and had outsold Frank Sinatra at Sun City.

‘I Am The Eagle You’re The Wind’ was one of his biggest hits. The song has soaring orchestration over which Bles, strong (almost operatic) voice floats in this uplifting pop song. It is the style of song that had a lot of popularity in the country and echoes of this can be heard in later Afrikaans songs by artists such as Juanita du Plessis, Kurt Darren and Die Campbells.

There used to be a joke that if you played Bles Bridges records backwards you got poitjiekos recipes, but Bles knew the recipe for success. You can’t really argue that an artist that shifted as many records as he did does not deserve to be on this list.

Where to find it:
Bles Bridges Se Grootste Treffers – Net Vir Jou (1994) Vat 5 Musiek, CDVAT6260

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Engel Van My Hart – Juanita du Plessis

Engel Van My Hart – Juanita du Plessis

Juanita du Plessis - Engel Van My Hart

Juanita du Plessis – Engel Van My Hart

Namibian born Juanita is the new pop princess of South Africa. She is the modern day Sonja Herholdt, shifting tons of albums of beat heavy pop to an Afrikaans population that can’t seem to get enough of this sort of stuff.

‘Engel Van My Hart’ is the title track of her 3 times platinum album and is a good example of the genre of music that she, Kurt Darren and the like have been selling for a while now. The song has a pounding, almost high energy (remember that from the late 80’s) beat and Juanita’s strong vocals rising to a sing-a-long chorus that will undoubtedly fill many a wedding dance floor.

This will really only appeal to a portion of the population that go for this sort of stuff, but it is in this list because it something you need to hear if you want to be au fait with all of South Africa’s diverse music.

Where to find it:
Engel Van My Hart – Juanita du Plessis (2010), Maranatha Record Company, JRECD 003

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