September 4, 2007
As We Pay Homage On This Special Day.
It’s the 4th September which, as everyone knows, is Kurt Darren Appreciation Day. This annual event, launched by the government four years ago, looks to pay homage to one of the world’s greatest Afrikaans pop singers, Kurt Darren.
Kurt Darren, or “The Big K.D” as he is known to his millions of fans, is a bit of an enigma. Having released his first album, For Your Precious Love, in 1995 – it would prove to be a long and hard seven years before he would receive worldwide recognition with the smash hit, Meisie Meisie (Girl Girl) which would go on to out perform critically acclaimed albums by Dido, Eminem as well as Norah Jones that year, eventually selling more than 170 million records. (During those quiet seven years, Kurt Darren took the time to obtain his doctorates in chemical engineering, social philosophy and actuarial science, as well as finally mastering his various martial arts disciplines)
A recent study showed that at least one in every three people own a Kurt Darren album, the other two owning posters or various promotional items, and it’s certainly easy to see why.
The Big K.D would follow up this album with Se Net Ja (Say Just Yes) which contained the timeless ditty, Loslappie (Loose Girl), a popular sing-along-song much loved by mothers and daughters.
A global icon, Kurt Darren has had many of his songs sampled and translated all over the world, as this excerpt from his official website (www.kurtdarren.co.za) attests to:
|An amazing amount of Kurts’ biggest hits have been translated into other languages in countries such as: Belgium, Netherlands and Germany, some of these songs include: “Meisie Meisie” (Girl Girl), “Hemel Op Tafelberg” (Hymn On Table Mountain) , “Staan Op” (Stand Up), “Alleen” (Allan), “As Jy My Wil He” (If You Want To Keep Me), “Se Net Ja” (Say Just Yes) and many more. Kurt also shares a couple of his songs with these countries, and vice versa. These Cultures compliment each other and the end result is astonishing. “Meisie Meisie” has for instance been recorded by a German group called Klostertaler and in Germany this song is known as Hallo Susse, recorded by Universal.|
Besides these achievements, rumours persist that Kurt Darren and Justin Timberlake are currently working together in a studio somewhere. These claims are presently being denied by both camps but the story just won’t seem to go away. Timberlake has never denied being heavily influenced by KD1, as is fairly obvious by anyone familiar with both artists. Seen as a mentor by Timberlake, it was Kurt Darren who first suggested he break away from Nsync, and it was also Kurt Darren who told him to break it off with Britney Spears. Many people are not aware of this, but it’s true.
Besides having a voice that could make a wolverine purr, Kurt Darren is also an amazing dancer who has won literally thousands of awards for his innovative dance moves. The way he swerves his hips and legs, whilst moving his arms at the same time, is nothing short of spectacular.
R&B star Usher once flew down to Pretoria for a dance-off with Kurt and, at a packed Loftus Versveld stadium, was left totally burned. Which is why you will never see Usher performing a concert in Pretoria.
Because Kurt Darren totally owns Usher. As well as Pretoria.
Watch him show off a bit of his repertoire with this live performance of Meisie Meisie (Girl Girl).
Kurt Darren is currently promoting his new album Lekker Lekker (Sweet Sweet) which is being hailed by critics as one of the most important albums of our time.
From his official site:
Kurt and the hit lyric writing duo Marc Brendon and Don Kelly have again put their talent together to create steaming popsongs – this time also in English. The result is the radio temperate song “Standing On The Edge Of My Life” – a selfsearching romantic promise, with Kurts’ captivating voice and acoustic orchestration -and “Your’e My Angel” – jolly, foot-itching, pure pleasure!
This is a festive season directed album- with a number of special celebration songs: “Lekker Verjaar” and “Kom Laat Ons Dans (Ons Eerste Keer)” – passion stamped to be the opening dance at many wedding celebrations.
Well, I certainly know what I’ll be playing at my wedding.
Kurt Darren also recently answered his fans’ prayers by finally releasing a DVD – Kurt Darren, Op Toer (On Tour). The demand for it was so great, the dvd was released in US cinemas, where it sat at number 1 for over 48 weeks, raking in 650 million dollars in the box office, and is now widely regarded as having single handedly saved the American film industry.
This is a dvd which should be owned by EVERYONE.
In short, Kurt Jermaine Breyton Darren is one of the greatest entertainers in the world, able to seamlessly cross over into various genres and musical markets to great effect. For further insight into what makes him tick, we’ve scoured the net and various other sources for more information on this global phenomenon.
Who knows what next lies in store for Kurt Darren?
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