It Was Thirty Years Ago in March

A headline in the 10th March 1989 edition of the Vrye Weekblad under the headline “Die Boere ruk op!” announced the release of a new, afrikaans rock and roll album by the Gereformeerde Blues Band. The release of this album would coincide with a tour of South Africa. The GBB would be joined by Bernoldus Niemand (a.k.a James Phillips) and André le Toit (a.k.a Koos Kombuis) on the tour that would even visit the “platteland” of South Africa.

An article in the 10th March 1989 edition of the Vrye Weekblad announces the Voëlvry tour.

The Eet Kreef! album was launched at Club Countdown in Johannesburg, this was also the first concert of the Voëlvry tour.

The cover of the album depicted the Gereformeerde Blues Band feasting on crayfish. Johannes Kerkorrel said of the album imagery, “The crayfish in this country are not evenly distributed. There are certain people who have all the crayfish – then there are other who have nothing. It’s time we also ate crayfish. By we I mean everyone.”

Cover of Eet Kreef by Die Gereformeerde Blues Band released by Shifty Records.

Theunis Engelbrecht, the music critic of the Afrikaans daily, Die Beeld, said of Eet Kreef, “Let me declare at the outset that his record is the most important and exciting Afrikaans album ever released; giving Afrikaans a fresh, brand new sound.”

For Afrikaans music lovers, who had been subjected to years and years of inane “lekker liedjies”, this album according to Engelbrecht, represented a departure since, “The group sing about concrete issues affecting young people, and not of nature and pleasant daydreaming. As such, Eet Kreef! marks a great step forward for Afrikaans music.”

Back cover of Eet Kreef!

The album included 10 songs:

  1. Sit Dit Af
  2. Tronk
  3. Liefde
  4. Ossewa
  5. Hillbrow
  6. Donker Donker Land
  7. Energie
  8. BMW 
  9. Ou Ou Lied Van Afrika 

The Voëlvry tour went on to cause huge controversy as it swept across South Africa, you can read about the tour here.