Johannes Kerkorrel the unsung hero of Afrikaans Pop Music

Johannes Kerkorrel was a reporter, poet, father and singer who together with a group of musicians changed the face of Afrikaans pop music forever.

These musicians also had a lasting impact on South African history, with many believing that their anti-Nationalist government stance and revolutionary lyrics hastened the demise of apartheid.

I am writing a book about Kerkorrel and the others, until it is finished I will post updates on this site.

Apart from documenting the progress of my book, this website will provide an overview of Johannes Kerkorrel’s life and achievements as well as a bit of an insight into what it was like to be living in South Africa during the 80s.


  6 comments for “Johannes Kerkorrel the unsung hero of Afrikaans Pop Music

  1. suzanne
    May 21, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    great stuff deborah, can’t wait to see the finished product! all the best!

  2. Jenny
    May 21, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    debs, thanks so much for “opening my eyes” – I spent one of my best weeks ever (and educational) with you driving from Alliance Francaise to New Town – thoroughly enjoying it. Must say though James Phillips still pulls at my heartstrings!

  3. Debbie Moolman
    May 21, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    So happy to see this really happening. Can’t wait to read the book.

  4. AnicaKrugerPark
    September 4, 2015 at 11:06 am

    The loss does not diminish, hope your project goes well. AK

  5. belinda
    October 9, 2015 at 7:07 am

    Jou liedjie oor Pw Bota is onsmaaklik. Hoe kan jy dit op n cristelike gesang melodie sing???

  6. Steve Birchall
    April 13, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    Only recently discovered him via Searching for Sugarman, can’t speak Africiana (?) but has given me great pleasure since, a loss to us all, Hillbrow my favourite (about his time with his friends in Hillbtow ?). Love to all.

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