- Donkermaan [4.27]
- Sien Jou Weer [4.02]
- Marilyn Monroe [3.09]
- Suitcase Vol Winter [4.21]
- Van Tonder [4.35]
- Die Kind [4.37]
- Goeienag Generaal [4.08]
- Klein Bietjie ReŽn [4.37]
- In Die Transvaal [4.01]
- Staan Saam Burgers [4.21]
- Gipsy In Jou OŽ [3.59] vocals by Koos Kombuis
- Kom Huistoe [3.58]
All songs composed by Piet Botha except 'In Die Transvaal' (Valiant Swart) and 'Gipsy In Jou OŽ' (Piet Botha/Koos Kombuis).
Click on song titles for the lyrics. Thanks to Gipsie for these lyrics.
- Piet Botha: vocals, guitars, harmonica, piano
- Jorik Pienaar: drums
- Jason Phillips: bass
- Johnathan Martin: guitars, cellos and vocals
- Valiant Swart: guitar, vocals
- Koos Kombuis: vocals
- Brenda Pieterse: vocals
1997, Wildebeest Records, WILD 005
Biting Afrikaans commentary with the musical style of Eric Clapton, Mark Knopler, Chris Rea, etc. 'Goeie Nag Generaal' is a brilliant hard-rock song about dying for your country but for what? "Toe ek weer so kyk, het 'n AK jou fucked-up geskiet".
If this had come out ten years earlier it would have been banned outright!
Cover picture was taken at Matjiesfontein station, though the background mountains have been added in.
'In Die Transvaal' originally appeared on Valiant Swart's 'Die Mystic Boer' album in 1995.
This first solo
album of modern, Afrikaans folk/blues songs happened on the
instigation of Eckard Potgieter, the owner of Wildebeest Records. He
suggested an album of slow, soft and relevant Afrikaans songs. After
four months of production at the Sunset Studios in Stellenbosch,
under the guiding hand of Jurgen von Wechmar, 'Suitcase Vol
Winter' was released. Although many of Stellenbosch's finest
musicians helped with the album, it was mostly Piet Botha's labour
of love and was very different to his previous work with Raven and
The 12 songs on this album are acoustic-based, laid back and
emotional. Botha wrote all the songs (with the exception of Valiant
Swart's 'In Die Transvaal' and the Koos Kombuis written-and-sung
'Gipsey In Jou Oe') and delivered the finest vocal performance of
his career with ballads like the beautiful and sad 'Van Tonder' and
the reflective title track. Along with Swart, Kombuis and Koos du
Plessis, Piet Botha was responsible for establishing Afrikaans as a
competitive rock music "taal" again. These sensitive and narrative
songs cover all those SA subjects that had affected Piet Botha as a
South African growing up in the apartheid-era. From the Anglo-Boer
and Border wars ('Goeienag Generaal'), life, death and politics to
wives, film stars and "the road", Botha covers all these relevant
topics with strong lyrics, steady and sympathetic backing and a wide
range of feelings that leaves this album up there with the best from
Koos Kombuis and Valiant Swart.
The other artists appearing on this album are Jorik Pienaar (drums), Jason Phillips (bass), Johnathan Martin (guitars, cellos and vocals)
as well as Koos Kombuis, Valiant Swart and Brenda Pieterse. While
it must be mentioned that Piet is the son of the long-serving
Nationalist Party Foreign Affairs minister, Pik, it should also be
said that Piet Botha's alternative career certainly puts paid to
that old Afrikaans clichť, "Die appel val nie ver van die boom af
nie". A great SA artist and album.
-- Stephen Segerman