The cabaret star, Petronel Baard, won’t let life’s disappointments knock her down.
Her cabaret show, Musiek van die Lang Vrou: Die Heelal Draai, which included content of her most recent album, Die Heelal Draai, is one of the productions which suffered due to the cancellation of the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK), due to Covid-19. Her show would have premiered at the festival, 20 years after her first solo performance at the very same festival, which included music from her album, Lank Al.
But Petronel didn’t sit around and wait for better days. She regurlarly presents online concerts and also launched her new website.
About her online concerts she said: “Due to lockdown, I cannot get together with my team. I, therefore, record my own videos and make them available online. We create events and invite people to join. The 40-minute broadcast from my patio in Reebok is also still available on my page – there are almost 25 000 views, which makes me extremely proud,” she added.
Her website was made more user-friendly in order for her to share live streams, as well as the opportunity for her to share her albums of the past 21 years, something she has been wanting to do for a long time.
“I am very happy with the look and feel of the new website. We used photos of Wilhelm Vincent and Jorina Kriel again. People will be able to see my upcoming performances, where I am from and where I am heading,” an excited Petronel explained.
Petronel has just launched her new music video, Die Heelal Draai, on April 12, which also happens to be her birthday.
The video was produced by Wessel van Heerden and is very colourful in contrast with the black and white texture of the fado artist, which she used for her album, Die Heelal Draai.
“I have always wanted to release the video two years after my album, even though there has been attempts in the past, it just wasn’t the right time,” said Petronel. Music videos that influenced her video are Roxette’s Crash, Boom, Bang, Enja’s music video and even a bit of the film Avatar.
“It is surreal and plays off in your head. It doesn’t portray any reality, but only concepts and dreams as in your subconscious,” she explained.
She is also currently working on a new project, Seek the light, with Crystal Blaq Entertainment. It will launch on Workers Day.
“The song is about poverty and social class division. It boasts with a house/trance style, something totally different to what I am used to. Gavin Jay is, however, a fenominal rap artist and our voices complement each other, which makes for a very interesting end result,” she said.
Up close and personal
Petronel grew up in Villiersdorp and has loved music from a very young age.
Her mother and uncle (who was the head and conductor of the Drakensberg Boys Choir) is the reason for her loving choir music.
Her exceptional voice was discovered when she was 12 while she performed in a school production, Die Slapende Skoonheid, and that is where everything started. After school she studied drama in Stellenbosch and started performing professionally in 1998. At the end of her honours year, she won the ATKV Crescendo competition and pursued a full-time career in the entertainment industry.