Petronel Baard, the Tall Woman
Petronel is powerhouse voice and songwriter who needs no introduction in South Africa! This Afrikaans cabaret star and recording artist was born in Riversdale in the southern cape of South Africa. After growing up and matriculating in a little town called Villiersdorp, she completed her BA Drama Degree at the University of Stellenbosch in 1998, whilst receiving singing training at the US Conservatory and then from the Afrikaans music industry veteran, Coba Wicomb (of “Randall en Coba” fame).
Where it all started.
W hile completing her BA Drama Honours in 1999 in Cabaret and Directing, she entered the then nationwide Afrikaans singing competition, ATKV Crescendo - which she then proceeded to win.
This kicked off Petronel’s professional music career in earnest, and under the guidance of famous SA pianist, Rocco de Villiers, yielded her first album, "Lank Al", which was nominated for a SAMA Award as well as 2 Geraas Music Awards.
Four more albums followed, displaying her stylistic versatility and her incredible vocal range. Take note of "Déjà vu, Weergaloos", limited edition works launched by a Mossel Bay art gallery and distributed mostly abroad, and her most recent offering, "Vonnie", where she collaborated with national icons Min Shaw, Albie Louw and Nico Carstens.
In true cabaret tradition, the style is novel, warm, interactive, at times risqué, but totally fearless. She loves performing solo as much as she loves sharing the stage with top class musicians and actors, and raw, undiscovered talent.
She’s a selfless performer with a voice so powerful it can make your jaw drop. Petronel has toured South Africa, fronting productions since 1999, and has been well-received wherever she goes.
Petronel Baard is known as the Tall Woman/Lang Vrou and plays both piano and guitar. She works with many musicians and loves bringing artists together!
Grootbrakland Single Photoshoot
Launch of "Vonnie"
B ut more than a recording musician, she’s passionate about the stage and acting and live performance. She’s also an avid promoter of the Theatre Café Culture. She combines all these big loves in her unique cabaret shows that she writes, produces, performs, and directs and then travels all over South Africa with her ever-faithful keyboard and guitar.
She and TEO – Theatre Café Development Structures – have helped establish a very thriving intimate theatre culture in South Africa that directly helps the economy. A culture that combines the variety of cultures in South Africa; a place where bridges are built! Petronel was elected out of 20 people all over Africa for a leadership course in Cultural Entrepreneurship in July 2015, sponsored by the European Union, AFAI and the Lotto.
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