South African mu­si­cians trend­ing in Oz

Ex-Ko­mani boy Kobus Matthews a mu­si­cal hit Down Un­der

The Rep - - ROUND & ABOUT - CHUX FOURIE

Not long ago, The Rep de­scribed the ca­reer of Kobus Matthews, the mu­si­cian who grew up in the old Queenstown and at­tended Hoërskool Hangk­lip.

Now he is mak­ing a name for him­self in Aus­tralia too – on an Afrikaans ra­dio sta­tion run by and for ex-pats now liv­ing Down Un­der.

The pro­gramme is called Die Strand­loper (The Beach­comber) and is broad­cast on a com­mu­nity ra­dio sta­tion known as The Pulse 94.7 out of Gee­long in the state of Vic­to­ria in Aus­tralia. Die Strand­loper has been run­ning since 2009.

Ac­cord­ing to the pre­sen­ters, Veron­ica and Elaine, one of the high­lights of 2018 has been to be al­lo­cated an ex­tra hour, giv­ing them a two-hour slot in which they can play “heer­like warm musiek en geselsies” in Afrikaans. Surely, if ev­i­dence were needed that South Africans have “packed for Perth” in great num­bers, this would be it – and this is nei­ther Perth nor even the same state!

So what is new on Die Strand­loper?

They now have their own What­sApp line which lis­ten­ers can use to chat with the pre­sen­ters, send mes­sages and make re­quests. Ev­ery week they in­ter­view in­ter­est­ing peo­ple like artists, ac­tors and in­ter­est­ing per­son­al­i­ties or dis­cuss un­usual events and play the lat­est mu­sic di­rect from SA.

They also run a com­mu­nity cal­en­dar which keeps lis­ten­ers up to date with what is hap­pen­ing in Aus­tralia and through­out the world.

Their lat­est ini­tia­tive is Top 5 – the top songs which are an­nounced weekly and the pub­lic is in­vited to call in and pass their opin­ions on what is mak­ing the list, or not, and from time to time they have su­per prizes to give away.

Their dream is to ex­pand their cov­er­age and pos­si­bly reach the stage where they can have a daily show as they al­ready have lis­ten­ers not only in Aus­tralia, but also in New Zealand, Canada and even in South Africa who en­joy the pro­gramme via the TuneIn app or the web­site.

Two of Kobus Matthews’s sin­gles have been ac­cepted for the ra­dio sta­tion – Ver­lang and

Tjierie Tjierie – and Ver­lang made Die Strand­loper’s Top 5 last week.

In the past three months, he has done “pre-shows” for sev­eral South African mu­si­cians, in­clud­ing Bok van Blerk, Jakkie Louw and Rob­bie Wes­sels.

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AS SOUTH AFRICAN AS BOEREWORS: Ko­mani-born and raised mu­si­cian Kobus Matthews’s mu­sic is en­joy­ing air­time in Aus­tralia

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