Music video by Sonja Herholdt, Adam Tas, Kurt Darren, Andriette, Nicholis Louw, Snotkop performing Sonja Herholdt Medley (Live). (C) 2017 Sony Music Entertainment Africa (Pty) Ltd – Select Music, a division of Sony Music Entertainment Africa (Pty) Ltd
BAIE DANKIE AAN MIKE HOWELL VIR DIE LIEDJIE!
South African artist born in Nigel, Johannesburg, on 1 December 1952. She started singing at the age of three, accompanied by her mother, a piano teacher and vocal coach. After school she studied teaching at the Johannesburg (Goudstad) College of Education, where she met a young lecturer, FC Hamman, at the nearby Art School. He was also a freelance cameraman, and while he was filming the Afrikaans drama “Sarah”, Sonja introduced him to the song “Ek Verlang na Jou”, and he decided to have her record it and then include it in the film. Released as a 7” single to coincide with the release of the film, the song became an absolute cultural phenomenon and launched her hugely successful singing career.
The impact of the song led to her receiving a Sarie (South African Recording Industry) Award as Best Female Singer in 1975, and it was to be Sonja’s first Gold Record.
Sonja and FC Hamman were married in January of 1976, and later that year her first album, “Sonja”, was released. She again won the SARIE for Best Female Artist (as well as for Best Album) in that year, and went on the win a SARIE each year up to 1980. All in all she won a record eight Sarie Awards during her distinguished career.
In 1979 she fulfilled a lifelong dream of becoming an actress by starring in the locally produced film, “Sing vir die Harlekyn”, and she also starred in the Natal Performing Arts Council (NAPAC) pantomime production of “Cinderella”.
She has the distinction of having been the first South African singer to be invited to Hilversum in the Netherlands for television recordings commissioned by the country’s national broadcaster. She recorded her hit “Oberammergau” in Dutch and it scored well on the local charts, also going to 5th place in Belgium. In 1989, following a move into the Gospel market, Sonja was invited to perform at a Prayer Breakfast organized by the National Religious Broadcasting Corporation in Washington. Her performance, which coincided with the launch of her Gospel album “The Warrior is a Child”, was broadcast nationally and one of the guests in attendance was the USA’s Vice-President.
From 1982 to 1991, Sonja and FC’s four children were born: Claudia (1982), Simeon (1985), Jesse (1987) and Timothy (1991).
Following a serious motorcar accident in 1996, she brought about a series of important changes in her life – she decided to divorce after a marriage of 21 years, and to also actively pursue her singing career again. In 2000 she released the album “Reconstructing Alice”, a profoundly personal and introspective musical journey that was hailed a masterpiece and a tour de force by critics. In 2002, she decided to do a hip, nostalgic retrospective of her old hits and release it herself, “Sonjare”, in the process establishing her own recording company, Son Music. In 2003 she started her InCelebration campaign, a celebration of womanhood and a message of hope. An official biography, “Sonja: Meisie van Nigel”, was released in 2007, a collaboration with friend and songwriter Carel Cronjé.
This is the Dutch version of the 7″ single, “Oberammergau”, released in 1980.
NOTE: The song is almost 40 years old and depicts a very youthful Sonja, both in terms of her voice and rendition. It would be well worth your while to listen to her more recent, and profoundly more mature, recordings.
‘n Huldeblyk aan Sonja Herholdt vir haar jare lange bydrae tot die Afrikaanse Musiekbedryf. Ek beskou haar as een van die baanbrekers van die Musiekbedryf
THIS SONG WAS UPLOADED BY KEN BUTLER
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South African Artist: Sonja Herholdt
Track 02 off her CD ‘Skipskop’ (1996) which was also released as a same-titled LP in 1996.
Sonja Herholdt was born in Nigel on 1 December 1952. She became Head Girl of both the Afrikaans medium Tienie Vorster Primary and John Vorster High School. She later obtained a diploma cum laude in Teaching after three years at the Johannesburg (Goudstad) College of Education. She gave up teaching to pursue music after meeting her future husband, FC Hamman, a young lecturer at the nearby Art School, who was also a freelance cameraman. The couple married in Januay 1976 and started a family of 4 children.
It was while FC was away filming an Afrikaans movie ‘Sarah’ that Sonja heard the song ‘Ek verlang na jou’ which she sang to him on his return. FC decided to include the song in the film and Sonja recorded it. Released as a single to coincide with the release of the film, the song became a cultural phenomenon and launched her hugely successful singing career. The impact of the song led to her receiving a ‘Sarie’ (South African Recording Industry) -Award for Best Female Singer for 1975. ’Ek verlang na jou ’ruled the contemporary music charts in SA for months and sales of more than 25 000 singles provided Sonja with her first Gold Record.
In 1976 her first LP,’Sonja ’, was released. She again received awards for Best Album as well as Best Female Singer. She received it in 1977 for her 2nd album, ’Sonja Herholdt’, in 1978 for the single, ’Trein na Matjiesfontein’, in 1979 for the album ’Waterblommetjies ’ and in 1980 for the LP ’Harlekyn ’. In addition, it was crowned Album of the Year. Raking in the Sarie-Award for Best Female Singer for six years in a row secured her a place of honour in the history of Afrikaans popular music, but also gave rise to such criticism in the press that Sonja decided to withdraw her entry for 1981, although she did receive the ’Papillion Rising Star Award’ as one of the top eight female achievers in South Africa. All in all, her record of eight Sarie-Awards is altogether extraordinary.
In 1979 she fulfilled a lifelong dream of becoming an actress by starring in the locally produced ’Sing vir die Harlekyn’ and received a Rapport Oscar-Award as Best Female Newcomer.
She later enjoyed music success in Europe and holds the distinction of being the first ever South African singer to be invited to perform in the Netherlands on their local Television. She recorded her song ‘Oberammergau’ in Dutch and it became a hit in the Dutch charts. She also performed in Belgium, pushing ‘Oberammergau’ into 5th place in the Belgian charts.
In 1989, following a move into the Gospel market, Sonja recorded a Gospel album ’The Warrior is a Child’.
In 1991 she received an award from the Afrikaans Chamber of Commerce in recognition of her extraordinary and unequalled contribution to the development and promotion of light Afrikaans music.
In 1993, Sonja’s youngest son, Timothy, developed an extreme hearing impairment and was, for all intents and purposes, declared deaf. She decided to start a school for hearing and linguistically impaired Afrikaans children in Johannesburg and taught there for five years.
In 1994, Sonja celebrated two decades in the music business with the release of her album ’ ‘n Ster Vanaand’. In 1996 Sonja released a Gospel album ’Môre sal die son weer skyn’ as well as a compilation album ’Skipskop ’.
In 1996 Sonja was involved in a serious car accident. She and her husband subsequently divorced after 21 years of marriage.
She released ’Ritsel in die Rietbos’ with Anton Goosen in 1998 but the sales were disappointing.
In 2000 she released the album ’Reconstructing Alice’, a profoundly personal and introspective musical journey. The album floundered commercially. Her traditional audience simply could not embrace so radical a change in musical direction.
In 2002 she developed her own record company, Son Music and released ‘Sonjare’, a nostalgic retrospective of her original hits.
Sonja is still hard at work applying her talents and abilities to whatever she takes on.
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Sonja Herholdt is ‘n Suid Afrikaanse aktrise en sangeres wat bekend geword het vir liedjies soos Ek verlang na Jou, Harlekyn, Waterblommetjies, Skipskop en Jantjie.
Is Jy Eensaam?
Al Le Die Berge Nog So Blou
Skryf Dit In Jou Hart
Ek Verlang Na Jou
Ek Sing Van Jou Liefde
Waar Is Jy?
Sal Jy My Nog Liefhe?
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