Following the release of her latest single, Life is Good, cabaret star Petronel Baard has been riding the waves of inspiration and success. The single, which was released in October last year, has performed phenomenally; it has reached the top spot on several radio stations’ charts while the video has racked up thousands of views on social media.
Life is Good’s success is not surprising, as the passionate singer with the soothing storytelling voice has established a firm place for herself in the music industry over the past two decades. To build forth on the momentum created, she has announced that will be returning to the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK) this year where, along with Soetmelk, she will be performing music from her renowned album DIE HEELAL DRAAI as part of her latest cabaret,
Musiek van die Lang Vrou: Die Heelal Draai. It has been two decades since she first made her debut, as a solo artist, at this prestigious arts festival.
Written by the artist and produced by Langvrou Produksies, it features the singer herself on vocals and piano, Soetmelk’s Schalk Maas (vocals, guitar and harmonica) and Altan Ungerer (bass, guitar, percussion and vocals); as well as Boesman Keyser on saxophone. The show is scheduled for 27 and 28 March at the Windpomp Restaurant and Theatre in Oudtshoorn. “Soetmelk and I perform intuitively, which results in the perfect balance on stage,” she says. To avoid disappointment, tickets can be book in advance at Computicket.
In addition, Petronel will be releasing a video for AKKERBLARE, one of the most popular tracks off the album. “The video for AKKERBLARE is based on a video by Maritza, a singer from Portugal, as Die Heelal Draai was partly inspired by the Portuguese Fado style. However, it is totally unique and showcases South African images and words built around the theme of loneliness. The video, which is the work of artist Wilhelm Vincent, was shot in Ruiterbosch in the Western Cape. The style is simplistic, stripped down and authentic to support the music, making the fadista and her instrument(s) the focus.”
Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhZK4KpN3IY
DIE HEELAL DRAAI, which can be categorised as world music/folk/cabaret, is considered timeless and offers a different and refreshing alternative to the usual style found in Afrikaans music. The album offers various extraordinary moments, especially vocally. “Fado music is expressive and melancholic, which truly resonated with my cabaret style. It all started with AKKERBLARE. A woman from the Northern Cape contacted me after searching for me for years. I set my interpretation of her message to the Fado music style, which is where it all started – one song turned into an album.”
In preparation for the KKNK Petronel will be doing a flash tour of the Cape at the end of the month to rehearse with Soetmelk and do a Riebeek Cellar music and wine pairing event with them at Zest Restaurant in Gordon’s Bay, before continuing with the rest of tour. Click here for more information.
On Saturday, 29 February 2020, she will also be doing a music, food and wine pairing, with Org de Rac Wines at De Stalle Restaurant in Moreesburg. More information about this leap day event is available at https://facebook.com/events/s/food-music-and-wine-pairing/2621937091374159/?ti=as
Sunday, 1 March, she will be celebrating the in aid of DS de Wet School of Autism at Van Brakelstoor in Caledon: https://facebook.com/events/s/diva-galore-life-is-good/167295237893293/?ti=as
The artist also regularly performs at venues and functions in Grootbrak and Klein Brak, including Salty River Beer House and Fynbos Paradise Flower Market. On 14 March, she can also be seen at the Grootbrak Fragrance Festival.
She is also currently working on a new project, Seek the light, with Crystal Blaq Entertainment. It is due for release on Worker’s Day. “The song is about poverty and class divides. With a house/trance vibe it is unlike anything I have ever done, but Gavin Jay is an excellent rap artist and the combination of our voices delivers something interesting,” the artist explains.
Petronel grew up in Villiersdorp. The singer’s mother and uncle (who was a principal and conductor of the Drakensberg Boys Choir) inspired her love for choir music. Her exceptional solo voice was discovered at the age of twelve during a school production of Sleeping Beauty and that was also the moment that she fell in love with both acting and singing. After school she studied Drama at Stellenbosch and started acting professionally in 1998. At the end of her honours year, she won ATKV’s Crescendo competition and became involved in the entertainment industry full-time.
Over the past few years, she has done numerous performances and plays and has had the opportunity to work with a few highly respected artists, such as Stef Kruger and Riku Lätti. She credits the recording of DIE HEELAL DRAAI, her sixth album, as one of her biggest career highlights to date. Her debut album, Lank Al, was nominated for a SAMA and two Geraas Music Awards.
Petronel reveals that she is very excited about the fact that meaningful music is becoming more evident in the industry, because she believes that melodies and lyrics should speak to the heart. “I want people to experience peace when listening to music. I believe that should resonate on a deeper level.”
Fans can follow her on Facebook to find out what she is up to and for information about her shows.
ALBUM TRACK LIST
- Die Heelal Draai
- Met liefde van Eensaam
- Die Smal weg
- As ek sou raai
- Nita se blues
- En draai