After the major success of his debut release, Ricus Nel is back with a follow up album, promising to even impress more than previously. This multi talented artist first got noticed as the musician who can play almost any instrument, until audiences realized he has a very unique and smooth voice that goes with it! This album is recorded with a typical earthy - organic feel, and the songs are deep, but vibrant and real. Most of the songs are originals with the exception of a few covers such as Amanda, You're My Best Friend and also the 2 instrumental cover surprises Grenswag and Outa In Die Langpad. If one could choose a word to describe this album, the word timeless comes to mind. And once you have listened to Nogsteeds So Lief Vir Haar, Skryf Jou Naam Op My Hart and Beskermengel, you will understand why! This album will shoot the lights out; make sure you are prepared with enough stock, because this will be the perfect album in everyone s winter collection!
Ricus has been a well known and respected musician in the industry for many years, and cannot only play any existing instrument himself, but he can also sing and write songs!
Now for the first time in South Africa he brings a full album to the fans with original works, as sung and played mostly by himself!
This 14 track album will appeal to the wide spectrum of the market and will keep the feet tapping on the dance floors! Slow numbers, fast numbers, dance numbers you name it, he can play it!
Songs already proven to be huge in the Afrikaans music market are: Sak En Pak, Madelein Madelein and Windgat My Honne.
Also included on the album are 3 instrumental only tracks, which makes this probably the most versatile and appealing album of the year!
Over the past few years, Boeremusiek has come alive and is again being embraced by young and old. Today the instrument is played with great success by talented young musicians like Ricus Nel, Jasper Janse van Rensburg and Henning Joubert.
Now comes an album built around and embracing this beloved instrument featuring these three talented musicians. "Music producer Junior Botha came up with an idea for a concertina album and approached Henning," Ricus recalls.
"Henning thought it was a good idea, but said that the album needed more than one concertina. They then asked Jasper and me to also play on the album. Theo Erasmus, a master accordion player and old hand when it comes to boeremusiek, and Rob Watson on drums make up the rest of the team."
The result is an album of 15 new and traditional songs - among them "Skoffel Vir Oom Danie", "Oom Jannie Het Gaan Jag" and "Daspoort Vastrap". Ricus was responsible for not only the concertina, but also the banjo, guitar and keyboard and Jasper played concertina and bass guitar on the album. Boeremusiek is no longer something uit die oude doos - just the fact that the three young concertina players' combined age is under a hundred years, shows that boeremusiek is back with a youthful bang!