Die Heuwels speaks Liefde By Die Dam


Popular South African band, Die Heuwels Fantasties, will be performing alongside Laurika Rauch, Francios van Coke, Riana Nel, Majozi, Jo Black and many more at Liefde By Die Dam. This celebration of youth and South African music will take place on 6 August at the Emmarentia Dam in Johannesburg. Perdeby spoke to Die Heuwels Fantasties (Pierre Greef, Hunter Kennedy, Fred den Hartog and Shelden Yoko) about their new album, OKAY!, and the upcoming event.


As one of South Africa’s most recognisable and well-known bands, do you still get awestruck (or even jittery) when performing?

Sometimes! It depends. But it usually disappears when we start playing. Then you’re in, no turning back.


What would you say was the highlight of working on your new album, OKAY!?

So many highlights! But recording at sunset was the best time. Writing poolside in the burbs, writing seaside in Vleesbaai. Good times.


The new album also features several collaborations with other singers and artists. Who did you particularly enjoy working with?

All the colab artists were amazing. I have two favourites, though. JR’s performance on Kalmeer and Hiram’s sax solo on Sheila are special things I hold close to my heart.


On 14 July, you performed at Liefde By Die Arena at Grand West, Cape Town. Was it everything you expected it to be?

I didn’t really expect anything, so yeah, it was friggin’ awesome. I try to lower my expectations.


With the vibrant variety of artists that will be performing at Liefde By Die Dam, what can fans expect and look forward to most?

The line-up is wonderfully diverse, so there is something for every member of the family. There are also more collaborations to look out for – and then for the good of it all, leave your picnic blanket behind like last year – for the Liefde Wen charity drive. See you there!


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