(* The Mzanzi Youth Choir is proudly sponsored by AVBOB under the direction of James Bathingswaite.)
Coenie de Villiers returns with his 22nd studio album, one year after the release of the album Pure Coenie, which won the SAMA Award as best Contemporary Afrikaans album of 2018. “That album’s distribution company folded, and the only way to get ahead, was to create something completely new,” says De Villiers.
And that’s exactly what he did.
“I think the new material is really fresh and exciting!” The album is called Coenie 2.2 and refers to this CD being his twenty-second. “It also references a next generation of creative work – a bit like software companies would release new generations of their products,” he says with a laugh.
Coenie enjoys releasing new albums at the Atterbury Theatre, and this album is no exception. “I was blessed once again to work with the very best talent in our country,” says Coenie. “The Mzanzi Choir sings on the album on a track that I will be sharing with icon Judith Sephuma and the incredible Busiswa. How lucky can you be!”
Then there is the duet with Kyle Seconna, the extraordinary singer from Cape Town. “We did an Afrikaans classic in Afrikaans as well as in Polynesian – I don’t think Afrikaans and Maori have ever been sung on one song. Kyle has an incredible voice and I am very happy to share the track with him.”
The album has a bonus for fans. Two tracks off each of the previous four albums – released over the past ten years – have been included on the CD. “It’s hard to believe that I released the previous compilation Dekade more than ten years before. People will now get the best of the past decade on one album, plus eight spanking new tracks,” says Coenie. The album will also include some important collaborations, notably with Die Heuwels Fantasties, Francois van Coke, Grammy-winner Wouter Kellerman as well as the American saxophone giant, Dave Koz.
“There are some songs that people want to hear again and again,” says Coenie. “I have only recorded Karoonag once as a solo vocal song, and that was in 1980. I made a fresh recording on this album, and I think it will be the last time that I record that song. It’s a very quiet and intimate recording produced by Jaconell Mouton. And yes, I have also included the song Namakwaland which is the rendition that Dave Koz plays on.”
Jaconell Mouton and Mauritz Lotz have worked with De Villiers over many years. “I am blessed to have them work with me on this album as well,” he says. “The previous album was very quiet and intimate, but on this album things are a bit more raunchy – which is great fun!”
The first commercially available albums will be sold at the launch concerts. “And the best musicians in the country will be sharing the stage,” De Villiers enthuses. “The audience will discover the talents of a Kyle Seconna, and of course the Mzanzi Choir on their own make the price of a ticket worthwhile.”
Artists: Coenie de Villiers, Die Mzanzi-jeugkoor, Kyle Seconna, Jaconell Mouton, Mauritz Lotz, Denny Lalouette and David Klassen