Willem Botha

Willem Botha (born 17 April 1987)[1] is a South African singer, actor and music producer from Riversdale, Western Cape. He was the runner-up of Afrikaanse Idols reality music programme and predominantly performs Afrikaans language songs.[1]

Early careerEdit

Botha studied drama at the University of Stellenbosch in 2006. However he delayed his studies to take part in Afrikaanse Idols. He finished as the runner up of the programme but received a recording contract from Sony and moved to Johannesburg.[1] Later in 2006, he released his debut album "Kô Ma Hier".[1]

EurovisionEdit

Botha has had an association with the Eurovision Song Contest since Afrikaanse Idols. In 2009, he released "Hi Hi Ho", also promoted as "Hi Hi Ho (Bokke Weergawe)" (English: "Hi Hi Ho (Springbok version)")[2] as an Afrikaans adaptation of the Latvian 2008 Eurovision Song Contest entry "Wolves of the Sea" by Pirates of the Sea, with the lyrics being adapted to support the South Africa national rugby union team (colloquially known as the Springboks).[3][4] Later that year he released his second album titled "Sê My Nou" which was nominated for the best Afrikaans Sokkie Dans album at the 16th South African Music Awards.[5] In 2013, he helped to produce the 2013 Belarusian Eurovision entry "Solayoh" and was part of the performance act as one of Alyona Lanskaya's backing singers. This made him the first South African to perform at Eurovision.[a 1][6]

ActingEdit

Botha made his acting debut in the Afrikaans language film Liefling, Die Movie in 2010.[7] In 2013, he played his first television acting role in Donkerland.[1]

DiscographyEdit

  • Kô Ma Hier (2007) [8]
  • Sê My Nou (2009) [9]
  • My Stem is Joune (2012) [10]
  • Soen & Vergeet (2017) [11]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ With sole South African nationality

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "Willem Botha". TVSA. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  2. ^ "Music 101 for Saturday 29 December 2012 Music 101". Radio New Zealand. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  3. ^ "Big in South Africa!". Eurovision. 2009-05-15. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  4. ^ "Hi Hi Ho (Bokke weergawe)" (in German). Amazon. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  5. ^ "16th South African Music Awards nominees announced". Bizcommunity.com. 2010-03-05. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  6. ^ "Willem Botha maak geskiedenis op Europese verhoog" (in Afrikaans). Netwerk24.com. 2013-04-19. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  7. ^ "Liefling-video - Bobby, Willem Botha en ander sterre gesels" (in Afrikaans). Netwerk24.com. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  8. ^ "Kô Ma Hier by Willem Botha". Apple Music. Retrieved 2020-08-07.
  9. ^ "Se My Nou by Willem Botha". Apple Music. Retrieved 2020-08-07.
  10. ^ "My Stem is Joune by Willem Botha". Apple Music. Retrieved 2020-08-07.
  11. ^ "Soen & Vergeet by Willem Botha". Apple Music. Retrieved 2020-08-07.

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