Facebook has been very busy with the story surrounding one of South Africa’s best singers, Steve Ashley over the past few months. One day it’s all about Ebeth Loots who has a story to tell in her own words. Then it’s Steve Ashley telling his side of the story, and then it’s the turn of Steve Norman. Then finally there are the fans of Ashley, Loots and Norman who defend their hero. Now it seems there are Beatles involved, what next?
Everyone seems to be the victim, and everyone has their own explanation as to what was said and what was not said. How will the public be able to ascertain who is right and who is wrong, will we ever. It seems that we have to take our favorite and back our favorite and hope that we chose the right and honorable victim. Surly they cannot all three be right for at least one of the three must be wrong?
In the end Steve Ashley would have been history by now if it was not for the fact that he does possess an exceptional voice and stage personality. I could perhaps even say he is up there with the world’s best entertainers. Sadly performing and living in South Africa he will find it almost impossible for a local music company to invest the money in him that International companies would for their artists in the same calibre.
This saga may not damage Steve Ashley’s music career in any way but it could in fact, just make him more popular, as he is being exposed to more and more people through the ongoing Facebook comments, thanks to Ebeth Loots, Steve Norman and his legion of fans. If anyone can shed some light on this to bring it an end, as our market in South Africa is so small compared to the International one, please comment below as we just don’t have room for these kind of “Dog Fights” for lack of a better word.
Here is a question to all our readers, and I know y’all just don’t have the time to comment because y’all are just so very busy, but what if this is all just a huge publicity campaign?
Frans Swart, CEO of Lefra Productions and Lance James presented Sally Vaughn with a lifetime achievement award at the Country Spectacular Show at Carnival City’s Big Top Arena for her tremendous contribution to Country Music in South Africa.
In 1983 Sally Vaughn earned a Sarie award with her songs: ”The Teddy Bear Song” and “With You” on her album “Mama Country” as “Best Female Country Singer”. By this time she was already known as “Mama Country”, a title bestowed on her by Lance James.
Lance decided to present Sally’s rendition of “Glory Glory Hallelujah” to the American Country Music Association, and shortly thereafter Sally was invited to visit the USA.
In June 1984 Sally performed in Nashville, Tennessee, at the Annual Country Awards and received a standing ovation for her songs “Glory Glory Hallelujah” and “Somewhere Between”.
She was invited as one of the lead performers a year later and again received a standing ovation. In 1989 Sally Vaughn, Lance James, Clive Bruce, Billy Forrest and Joanna Field began the group ”Over The Hillbillies”, and released five albums.
“She is a wonderful talented singer and earned international recognition. She is very naughty and I just love her sense of humor.” Frans Swart
Some of Sally’s greatest hits are”Glory Glory Hallelujah”, “Cryin’ My Heart Out Over You”, “Your Old Love Letters”, “Somewhere Between”, ”Special Angel”, ”A Simple Goodbye”, “Piece Of My Heart”, ”He Talks To Me”, “If I Give My Heart To You”, ”When Old Flames Burn Blue”, “Weep No More”, ”Daddy’s Hands”, ”Tammy” and many more.
“If somebody earned this award, it is Sally. She is a wonderful person, very talented and somebody who I have the utmost respect.” Lance James
By handing over the Award, Frans Swart, said he has the utmost respect for Miss Sally Vaughn. “She is a wonderful talented singer and earned international recognition. She is very naughty and I just love her sense of humor.” Lance James added by saying that he and Sally toured together for many, many years.
– Charl Senekal Lefra Productions
When South Africans reminisce About The Transkaroo Herman Holtzhausen’s Name Always Pops Up
Wildhorse Entertainment is extremely proud to have one of Herman’s songs featured here on Independent Superstars.
As you all know Herman Holtzhausen is a Legend in the Afrikaans music industry and has had many Top 10 hits on radio stations worldwide over the past 40 years. Herman is best known for his Million selling single “Transkaroo” which he not only wrote but sang all the way to the Top of the Springbok radio charts. It is also to be noted that Transkaroo was the last Afrikaans song to feature on the Springbok Top 20, once the official South African Top 20 chart show.
Herman is an accomplished Guitarist and has played in many bands during his youth as a guitarist and backup vocalist with his brother Johnny on lead vocals. Their first group entered an Official Battle of the Bands competition and at the time came second nationwide. If that was today it would have been compared to the very successful “Idols”. Later Herman and his brother changed their band’s name to Kings Country Rock Band and were soon signed by EMI with whom they had a Top 20 South African hit, “Sunrise”. It was about this time that Herman took his Songwriting very serious and had a few of his songs recorded by dozens of major SA artists. Eventually EMI realized that Herman was more than just a songwriter and added recording to his existing contract. Within a few months Herman was the biggest name on the South African music scene with hits like “Transkaroo”and Huise Van Glas to mention but a few.
Herman’s biggest hit ever has been “Transkaroo” and believe it or not it has been said that over a 1000 artists have covered that song over the last 30 years. It seems that every new SA artist adds, “Transkaroo” to their lineup at one time or another. Herman has recorded with South Africa’s biggest superstar, “Steve Hofmeyr” and South Africa’s biggest female superstar, has recorded one of his biggest hits,”Huise Van Glas”.
Now what more can we say about Herman, he has been on numerous TV shows, on the radio, his Hit, “Transkaroo” was made into a TV series, titled, “Transkaroo”. Herman is a household name in South Africa and a true South African legend who will always be remembered as, Mr Trankaroo. Herman has allowed us to feature one of his songs here for free download to Disc Jockeys and Radio Stations worldwide and we are hoping that your downloads will put Herman back on the Top of the charts again very soon.
Herman’s song, “Same Met Jou” is made available for radio stations and DJ’s worldwide to download for possible addition to their Radio playlists If you have downloaded Herman’s hit song please let us know or add a comment below for Herman to read as your support is so necessary and so welcome by all at Wildhorse Entertainment and most of all by Herman Holtzhausen a true Living Legend..
To read more about Herman Holtzhausen click on the Radio Airplay banner above, to go to his download page on South African Independent Superstars once there you can download his latest Single for Radio airplay and be sure to leave Herman a comment before you leave with his new hit song, “Saam Met Jou” You can also listen to Wildhorse Entertainments Promotional radio, “Radio Sprinkaan” which has been created for the sole purpose of promoting the Independent Superstars who are featured on Wildhorse Entertainment.
All songs available by Herman Holtzhausen airing on our Artists Promotions Radio internet station and for DJ download on Wildhorse Entertainment is authorized by our Superstar Herman Holtzhausen.
Herman’s downloads are not for resale but for promotional purposes only, thank you.
– Frans Maritz WHISNews21
Wildhorse Entertainment is extremely proud to have one of André Hartman’s songs, “Cadillac’s Merc’s en 4X4’S” written by André and Fanie Stanton, featured here on Independent Superstars. As most South Africans all know, André born and raised in Pretoria the Capital of South Africa is first and foremost one of South Africa’s top music producers. André like most people with music in their blood, has played in various bands during his career and backed hundreds of artists over the years either with his incredible harmonies or amazing keyboard abilities. André is also pitch perfect and can play any song you can possible hum within seconds. He has admitted that it sometimes is a curse, for when he is out somewhere listening to a live band or singer he is able to hear every single sharp or flat note like it is flagged for his attention.
André is equally masterful on the race track as he is in the studio as a producer, musician or singer
On the race track he is mentioned many times in the social media and racing columns in printed magazines and newspaper. It is hard to tell if it is a hobby for André or a profession, as he takes it all very very serious. This was recently said about Andre at a Gymkhana event. Masters class 1st place went to Andre Hartman who drove his blue Z4 M coupe like a true professional, was a sight to behold, he got a time of 34.14 which was also the fastest of the day. The Z4 M car driven by André seemed to thrive on this route, The blue Z4 M of Andre Hartman looked as if it was on a scalextric track and danced perfectly around the cones coming in at an amazing time. We are all hoping that we don’t lose the musical talent of André Hartman to the race track, as for us in the music business, that would be a great loss.
Wildhorse Entertainment recognises André Hartman the producer, artist, songwriter, musician and Gymkhana racing driver as a true South African Superstar and a terrific person to work and perform with in the studio or live on stage.
As a top record producer and recording engineer, it is a fact that André has produced almost every top South African artist you could think of. If we had to mention all the artists here we would most certainly run out of space, so we will mention only one artist that stands out for us here at Wildhorse Entertainment and that would be, South Africa’s favorite Afrikaans Singing Superstar “Juanita du Plessis” with her gigantic million selling CD, “Skarumba” which we know André was pretty much responsible for even though he shy’s away from the fact. Most people are not even aware that Andre was also the man behind the creation of the highly successful “Stamp” CD’s on which he performed many of the songs under stage names. André also sung many songs on various CD’s over the years but for one reason or another never under his real name. If we had to give away one of his secret names here it would be, MR H and leave it at that.
To read more about André Hartman, go to his download page on South African Independent Afrikaans Superstars, by clicking the Radio Airplay banner to the right. Once there you can download his latest Single for Radio airplay and be sure to leave André a comment there too, before you leave with his new hit song, “Cadillac’s Merc’s en 4×4’s”
You can also listen to André performing this hit on Wildhorse Entertainments Promotional Afrikaans radio, “Radio Sprinkaan” which has been created for the sole purpose of promoting the Independent Superstars who are featured on Wildhorse Entertainment.
If you have downloaded one of Andre’s hit songs please let us know or add a comment below for André to read as your support is so necessary and so welcome by all at Wildhorse Entertainment and most of all by André Hartman a true professional in the music business, a South African Independent Superstar. All songs available by André Hartman airing on our Artists Promotions internet radio station are for DJ download on Wildhorse Entertainment and authorized by our Superstar André Hartman. We ask all who download André songs to please remember that you can help to further André Hartman’s career by spreading his name and music wherever you can.
André Hartman’s downloads are not for resale but for promotional purposes only, thank you.
– Frans Maritz WHISNews21
This star has the people eating out of his hand with his secret weapon, “His Dance Moves”
Wildhorse Entertainment is extremely proud to have one of André Johnson’s songs featured here on Independent Superstars for as you all know André is one of South Africa’s funniest entertainers. André has performed with almost every top South African artist you could think of. All Andre’s songs below are for radio stations and DJ’s worldwide to download for possible addition to their Radio playlists Andre’s favorite singing style is up tempo (Country Rock n Roll and Ballads). He also likes to sing Afrikaans songs, his target audience is very mixed, young and old, English and Afrikaans. André’s prefer’s to sing happy songs and create an atmosphere where the audience can’t help singing along and have fun with him while he is singing and interacting with his audiences. Comedy is always part of his performance (With Songs like It’s Lekker To be a Fatti Boom Boom, Dollie van Oranjeville, Toot-Toot, Lat Dat Dee Dat Daa and many more)
André first CD was produced by one of South Africa’s most renowned music producers, Mike Pilot. André has had extensive radio airplay in South Africa on regular FM radio stations as well as numerous Internet radio station. André is best known for his funny movements and fun tunes on stage. He is also an accomplished guitarist and performs his own songs live with or without a band. He is very well-known in South Africa due to his many live performances at various shows and festivals in and around the country. When performing live André dance moves to his hit song “Its Lekker To Be A Fatti’ gets the crowds roaring with laughter after which he has them all eating out of his hand. The word Lekker in the title of André song is translated as “Great” thus “In English, “Its Great To a Fatboy” André is not your normal run of the mill artist but he is a true professional and what counts in his favor is his fans just love him, and he loves his fans.
If you have downloaded one of Andre’s hit songs please let us know or add a comment below for André to read as your support is so necessary and so welcome by all at Wildhorse Entertainment and most of all by André Johnson a true entertainer of the people and a South African Independent Superstar.
To read more about André Johnson click on the Radio Airplay banner above, to go to his download page on South African Independent Superstars once there you can download his latest Single for Radio airplay and be sure to leave André a comment before you leave with his new hit song, “Dollie Van Oranjeville” You can also listen to Wildhorse Entertainments Promotional radio, “Radio Sprinkaan” which has been created for the sole purpose of promoting the Independent Superstars who are featured on Wildhorse Entertainment.
All songs available by André Johnson airing on our Artists Promotionsradio internet station and for DJ download on Wildhorse Entertainment is authorized by our Superstar André Johnson. We ask all who download André songs to please remember that you can help to further André career by spreading his name and music wherever you can. His downloads are not for resale but for promotional purposes only, thank you.
– Frans Maritz WHISNews21
Buddy Vaughn who was born in Johannesburg on May 20, a good couple of years ago, and still living in and around the Johannesburg area has affectionately become known as Mr. Entertainment
Buddy Vaughn is and has always been, an entertainer, singer, songwriter, comedian and compére, so the title fits like a glove. Buddy was practically guaranteed to be a success from the first time he put his foot on a stage.
Having been involved in the SA music industry for so many years Buddy has developed a superb combination of music and sing along presentations for a host of social events throughout South Africa, requiring fun and audience inter-action that only Buddy Vaughn can deliver.
In recent years Buddy has been forced to work with his own backtracks due to the huge cost of travelling around with a 5 piece band in South Africa, yet Buddy easily manages to capture and retain the mood throughout his shows with his professional tracks and his professionalism.
Known throughout South Africa for his ‘Visvang Tunes’ [Fishing Tunes] range of CD’s, Buddy’s hits include ‘Hartebeespoort Dam’, ‘Hey Sharp Shoot’, ‘Ag nee ou Vissie’, Woemba 4×4, Ag Pleez Daddy and Braaivleis [Barbarcue] Party Tunes.
Buddy’s fans new and old are crazy about his humourous songs and love to attend his concerts just to hear his one of a kind comedy show.
Buddy’s music can also be serious and feels just as comfortable imitating Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin or Neil Diamond as he is with his own very humorous Visvang [Fishing] Tunes.
South African Music icon, Dennis East who was born in Durban a good few years ago, can boast of a successful music career spanning over four decades and truth be told he is not considering calling it quits just yet. Dennis recently purchased a Coffee Shop in Stellenbosch for his wife,Yvette but makes it clear that he intends continuing with his music career.
His passion for writing music and singing still lights up his eyes when he speaks with great excitement about his music plans for the future. Dennis now lives in the Cape and intends to continue recording and producing music as he has always done so successfully in the past.
Dennis’ musical career started way back in the 1960’s performing with various bands including: ‘The Statesmen’ they not only toured South Africa but Rhodesia as well. Coming to Johannesburg in the early 70’s he recorded his first solo single “Could You Ever Love Me Again” in 1973 with RPM Records who gave Dennis his first contract as recording artist.
Then in 1974 Dennis recorded what was to be his first Top 5 Single, ‘A Rose Has To Die’ which he followed up with a hugely successful album release. Dennis always had a great love for Country Music and even though “A Rose Has to Die” was not released as a country song, it eventually labelled him as a Country Music Artist.
In 1975 Dennis East proved to the South African public that he was not just a one hit wonder when he was back in the charts with what was to be his biggest hit of his career, ‘A Million Drums’ this was an instant hit and paved the way for a career which has never faded. Dennis charted again with ‘Stone Walls’ in 1977. That was also the year he won a Sarie Award for ‘Best Male Vocalist’.
After parting ways with RPM Records and signing with the David Gresham Record Company he formed the Super Group ‘Stingray’ and once again he and the band were on the charts with, ‘Better The Devil You Know’. This song also charted in the UK and the follow up Album was nominated as Billboards ‘Album Of The Week’ in the USA.
Dennis East continues to write, record and produce songs for just about every South African artist you can think of including major international artists, and with all that said, he has been rewarded with numerous Top 10 and Number one hits worldwide through his production and song writing efforts.
As a young man he idolized Elvis Presley, Tommy Steele, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Jimmy Rodgers, and as a student in a boarding school he was introduced to Jim Reeves.
Yet it is very possible that in his early years it was his Mother, a classical pianist, who may have been the greatest influence in him choosing a career in music. If indeed it was his mother I believe we then owe her a really big thank you, as without a Dennis East in this world we would have been deprived of a lot of good music.
– Frans Maritz WHISNews21
Billy Forrest Man With One Face And Many Names and We are Not Talking About Hats
Billy Forrest was born William Charles Boardman in Kimberley, South Africa in 1940 and moving forward 21 years to 1961 when Billy started his recording career there are many stories to tell. Billy Forrest released many albums and single’s during his long career, and has also had many, many hits during that time.
What many people do not really know is that many of those hits were not under his stage name of Billy Forrest. In fact what was probably his biggest hit was his version of ‘Lazy Life’ which spend many a week at the Top of the South African Charts under the name of Quentin E Klopjaeger. Another seemingly unknown fact to most of Billy’s fans are that he produced two of South Africa biggest hit’s ‘Cry To Me’ by the Staccatos and ‘Tchaikovsky One’ by ‘Omega Ltd’. In 1965 Billy was presented with a SARI Award for ‘Best Country And Western Singer’ for his #1 Charted song, “Hello Operator”. While performing as ‘The Dream Merchants’ Billy and fellow band member ‘Billy Andrews’ won a SARI Award in 1966 for ‘Best Beat Artist’
There is so much about Billy Forrest that even his fans may not even have known, as with this: In 1966 Billy Forrest launched a music magazine called Pop Gear SA with the main purpose of promoting South African artists. In the eighties he was back with the very successful TOP 20 which he part-owned and edited for two years, before launching Top 40 with Joe Theron in 1985.
With all that said Billy Forrest should have been happy with so many accomplishments but for ‘Billy Forrest’ that was just the beginning of a career which is still happening in 2014, as Billy is still recording new material and constantly performing on music shows almost every week.
“Then, at the end of 1964 it finally happened. Hello Operator, chosen for me by Peter Lotis, went to number one that Christmas, earning me my first Gold Disc Award and a few months later, in 1965, a SARI Award for best Country and Western Singer.” Billy Forrest
Billy’s music career is filled with so many high’s that any South African and even International artist would be envious when looking at all his accomplishments. Maybe Billy was always in the right place at the right time, but one thing that cannot be ignored is his talent, imagination and professionalism when it comes to his music. He knew and still knows how to keep his friends, family and fans happy, We at WHISNews21 wish him many more years doing what he enjoys doing the most and undoubtably what his fans love him to do, and that is performing his exciting style of music for them.
– Frans Maritz WHISNews21
SAMA award-winning Afrikaans pop artist, Bobby van Jaarsveld, and multi platinum-selling singer, Gerhard Steyn, performed with internationally-acclaimed rock band The Parlotones in concert at Carnival City on Friday October 10.
The two talented performers replace electro-pop duo, Locnville (LCNVL), who had to cancel their performance at the event.
The Parlotones headlined the concert, performing a rocking two hour set. Fans got to get “up close and personal” with the four-member band, which has achieved multiplatinum-selling status in South Africa and gained global popularity touring the world. The show will featured the band’s chart-topping hits like Push Me To The Floor.
“We were absolutely thrilled to have the uber-popular Parlotones on our stage this spring and were buoyed by the news that they were joined by two of South Africa’s most popular Afrikaans pop performers. Music fans got three top acts in one awesome show. The concert promised something for everyone, with authentic South African pop and rock combining for this spectacular musical event,” says Jaco Saaiman, the Entertainment Manager at Carnival City.
Voted by the public as Cosmopolitan’s Sexiest man in 2011, Van Jaarsveld had the ladies swooning as he performed songs like Spieëltjie, ‘n Vrou wil dit hoor, Net vir Jou, and Kyk waar is ons nou.
Since bursting onto the music scene in 2006 with his first gold-selling album Duisend Ure and winning the Best Newcomer Award at the Huisgenoot Temp Awards, Van Jaarsveld has entrenched himself as one of the country’s best-loved Afrikaans pop artists.
Regularly performing in intimate shows at venues across the country and at some of South Africa’s biggest music festivals, Van Jaarsveld has also shown his versatility as an all-round entertainer. He played the male lead in the Afrikaans cinema sell-out success, Liefling, in 2010, and also starred in the Afrikaans film, As Jy Sing, which was released at the end of 2013.
Steyn’s fans got to hear some of the hits that have made him a household name in South Africa, including his catchy song, Baby Tjoklits and Hart se Mure.
– Original article Alberton Record
– Frans Maritz WHISNews21
Tommy had a Top 3 hit on the Official South African Springbok Radio Top 20 with “I wanna live” in 1973 this song also written by Tommy was to chart for more than 16 weeks. Tommy followed that with another hit song “Just An Ever Loving Woman” in 1974, which was to be another Top 10 hit for Tommy. Even though ‘Just An Ever Loving Woman” did not chart as high as ‘I Wanna Live” Tommy won a “Sarie Award” for that song on 1974 in the prestigious category of ‘Song Of The Year’.
The Sarie Awards” were the South African equivalent to the “American Country Music Awards” it was a huge honor to win a Sarie Award in those days.
Tommy currently lives in Pretoria South Africa and has had many health problems over the past few years but seems bent on continuing with his music career. We wish him only the very best.
– Frans Maritz WHISNews21