Subsequently he did it once again with his stunning production of the Afrikaans translation of Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika together with another South African great Coenie de Villiers – Seengebed. He is in my mind one of South Africa’s greatest sons and in keeping with this it makes me incredibly proud to bring this interview to you.
I want to say a big thank you to both Elvis and his assistant Kona for assisting and conducting and preparing this interview for me to publish. It would not have been possible without you. You guys rule!
I’ve loved Elvis since this beautiful moment. Just a guy standing there with his guitar making the most peaceful music you ever heard:
|Elvis Blue and Lloyd Cele 2010 South African Idols finalists
I had done 5 albums before I did Idols, and none of them sold particularly well. Standing there made me feel as if all those disappointments were worthwhile. Lloyd and I shared the money because we had made a deal. We collaborated on my first album and we are still in touch today. Who knows what the future holds.
There are so many places that you can get involved with to make a difference to someone like Elvis. He was in a children’s home here in George called Bethesda. But wherever you are in South Africa, I can assure you, you don’t have to search very far to find some sort of hospice or childrens’ home, or a place where you can make a difference.
I would probably sing in Zulu if I could speak it. We are very lucky as South Africans to have so many flavours in our country. I make a point of listening to a large variety of music in both English and Afrikaans…..and Zulu.
Thank you so much. I did that song with an Afrikaans icon – Coenie de Villiers, the first time. So many people don’t actually know the meanings of the words when they sing it. Growing up I also heard many people complain about the song, and I must say I got kind of sick of it. I realised it was because people didn’t know how beautiful the words where. That is why I recorded it in Afrikaans, so that people would know the meaning of the words. Our song is beautiful and I wanted people to know that.
Why do people listen to music? There are probably many different reasons. I listen because it makes me feel and think. Sometimes it can be something jovial or joyous. Other times it can be more intense. I am sure all artists who make music think about those things, but more often than not we are kind of scraping the bottom of the barrel and you are just trying to make something sound beautiful. Sometimes just writing one song is difficult, and all I am trying to do is finish the song.
|Elvis Blue – Toe Ons Jonk Was
Source – Elvis Blue Facebook page
Ja. I think the biggest thing with the campaign is just that social media platforms are for everyone using it, not necessarily for me to use it. The idea with the campaign is for people to share their pictures with other people.
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To keep doing what I am doing right now. There are big dreams and plans that I still have. But making music and doing what I’m doing now is the biggest one. We will have to see what happens in the future
Just thank you.
Actually, I think I need to say thank YOU – posts like this reiterate to me again the strength of the internet in being able to connect with and spread the message of people who make the world a better place.
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