Steve Hofmeyrs Coming to Oz
by Cheryl Goodenough
South African musician and actor Steve Hofmeyr will be hosted in Queensland by the Afrikaanse Klub Australi (AKA) in May.
At the time of going to press Steve was due to perform only at the Gateway Centre in Mackenzie, Brisbane. Additional performances are possible.
Steve told SAbona that he will be performing his new show Eenduisend en Een. As a rule the show includes his previous hits (Pampoen and Die Bloubul) and other projects (Kristofferson and Diamond). Well rock and get all nostalgic, he says. Do you remember the words for Liefling? I hope so!
Tickets cost $75 for VIP tickets (front row seats), $150 for a family of two adults and two children under 16 years, $50 per adult and children under six years are free.
For more information see events listed at www.sabona.com.auevents.
Steve answers questions from SAbona
What keeps you smiling?
I smile a lot. I find irony everywhere. I also surround myself with people who remind me that life isnt just cumbersome. My government is a huge source of giggling. My children are my major source of happiness.
What music do you listen to?
I listen to rock and classical. I dont do flippant. Thats why I do Beethoven, Pink Floyd and Van Halen rather than rapping, R&B and Hip Hop. I believe in the gravity of emotions.
Whats your prediction for this years Super 14?
Bluebulls against the Stormers or the Chiefs. Sorry, no Aussies.
What do you do to relax?
I dont really, but I can settle with a book for hours. I go numb with reading sometimes. Books are my escapism. I own a library.
To what do you attribute your success?
Hard work and remaining an audience member, rather than an artist. Im also a die-hard. You need an army to kill me. My motto: Oorgee is nie n opsie nie.
Whats your message to Southern Africans who no longer live in South Africa?
I fully support all folk who place the safety of their families above patriotism. You can do a lot for your country, culture and people from elsewhere. South Africa has fallen way short of our ideals for that country. I am still here because I am going to help fix it. You can do it from anywhere in the world. Please dont lose complete faith in us. Some of us are not sleeping and the Afrikaner Renaissance, as usual, will make the African Renaissance dull in comparison.
Who has and what have been the biggest influences in your life?
I am extremely influence-able: Pink Floyd, Jesus, Anglo Boer War, Gandhi, Yeats, Spiderman, Wordsworth, Captain America, Bhagwan, Mandela, Kundera, Bruce Beyers, my Dad, Jim Steinman, Duke Nukeem, Live!, David Lee Roth, ABBA, Kris Kristofferson, Ayn Rand, Bertrand Russell, Wittgenstein, Colin Wilson, Neil Diamond, existentialists, travel agents, the Bee Gees, Iron Man and Antie Stienie.
How has having children changed you as a person?
I do suppose they moderate and condition you. They certainly humble you and are vicious reminders of the fleetingness of time. Id like many more children. All single moms report to my concert!
What does 2010 hold for you?
My twenty second CD (Eenduisend en Een), my fifth book (Vier Briewe Vir Jan Ellis) and the tenth year of my talkshow (Dis Hoe Dit Is) on telly! Im eager and ready.
For more information on Steve Hofmeyr see http:www.stevehofmeyr.co.za.