PIET BOTHA performs the song “WHERE IS THE CLOWN” for BalconyTV.
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PRESENTED BY KERRY ANNE
MICROPHONES BY RODE
Piet Botha, was born in 1955 and shares his birth date of 18th July with Nelson Mandela. He began writing songs and forming bands while still at school and his first professional gig was as an acoustic duo in 1974 at a local drinking hole in Pretoria.
Piet Botha is the son of the former South African Minister of Foreign Affairs Pik Botha (not to be confused with P.W. Botha). Pik Botha who served during the last years of the apartheid era was considered to be a liberal, at least in comparison to others in the ruling National Party and among the Afrikaner community at the time.
In 2011 Botha appeared in the television series “Wie Lê Waar” (Who Lies Where) on the Afrikaans TV channel kykNET. In the programme he visits the graves of famous Afrikaner icons and tells about their lives. The series led indirectly to the recording and release of the very popular “Spookpsalms”, Botha’s first solo album in 8 years.
In 2012 Piet cemented his over two decades of friendship and brotherhood with the Akkedis band, by releasing a collaborative album under the name “The Lyzyrd Kyngs”. The name comes from a Jim Morrison poem, “The celebration of the Lizard King”. The weird spelling is a combination of ancient English and a serious reference to Lynyrd Skynyrd, a band that has been a source of inspiration for more than thirty years.
Piet Botha still tours and plays often. Sometimes solo or as duo, sometimes with Jack Hammer or The Lyzyrd Kyngs. He plays not only because his fans love to see him, but as John Lee Hooker sang ”it’s in him and it got to come out”.
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