By Marley

The legendary, ever popular and much loved South African singer, music producer and songwriter, Anton Goosen, is back in the spotlight with a brand new single that hits deep.

“Bly by my (my lief)” – a poem by Antjie Krog which he set to music in his special way for the Woordfees – is a love song in an “Afrikaans soft blues genre”.

“We had to choose two of Antjie Krog’s poems for the Woordfees’ tribute program, “Al om Antjie”. Bly by My (Stay with me) is one of her most famous. There are other tunes with the same title and so I changed it to BLY BY MY, (MY LOVE), and because it’s not written as lyric, I added the chorus part,” explains the gifted musician.

The single was produced by Anton and Peter Pearlson, with Illimar Neitz, Anton’s guitarist, also providing input. It features excellent Hammond organ and guitar solos by Simon Orange and Illimar respectively, with enchanting backing vocals by Lise Swart.

“Bly by my, (my Lief)” forms part of Anton’s new album, “Sirkels“, which will be released soon. The album, which contains nine new songs – including three tunes and two duets – and is a listening album that includes ballads, stories, dance, protest and rock music.

Anton, who is generally regarded as the father of Afrikaans rock, was born in 1946 in the Karoo and grew up in Kroonstad. “Kruidjie-roer-my-nie” was his first single to achieve commercial success. His first album, “Boy van die suburbs”, was also an instant success in 1979.

Over the years, he has collected more hits to his credit than any other South African Afrikaans composer. This living legend has released more than 20 albums, written the music for several films as well as songs for famous artists including Laurika Rauch, Carike Keuzenkamp, Richard Clayderman and Koos Kombuis

“Anton Goosen: Liedjieboer”, his biography penned by renowned journalist Hanli Retief, was published by NB Publishers in 2020.

When he is not busy with his music, he enjoys time – and a glass of Cape red wine – with his beloved wife, Estie, and their four dogs, walks on the beach, conversations with friends, reading and watching series on Netflix or Britbox.

“Bly by my (my lief)” is just another showcase of the endless talents of Anton Goosen and that of Antjie Krog. Anyone Afrikaans kid who grew up with Goosen’s music will appreciate this piece of work. I truly can not wait to see Anton live again on stage.

Marley is the founder and owner of Small Town Music. Born and bred in Nelspruit aka Nelsparta. Marley loves music (rock being a firm favourite), tattoos, festivals, animals and South Africa. Self-taught photographer and writer.