We enjoy a getaway to Nkomazi Private Game Reserve with Afrikaans artists Kurt Darren, Refentse Morake and Brendan Peyper.

Just like The Rolling Stones had their Caribbean studio. Kurt, Refentse and Brendan have decided that their new writing experience had to begin in a spectacular corner of Africa.

If this luxury tented camp was a song it would be a perfect harmony of the hills of eManzana, Mpumalanga and the sound of The Komati River coursing through the heart of it. Kurt spends so much of his leisure time in the bush, he figured why not work here too? 

Being surrounded by the bird-song of three hundred different species was a fine start for a weekend of writing.

“I think music has always been a part of me, it’s always been a big part of my life,” says Refentse. Refentse’s music career really kicked off after a video of him singing went viral on Facebook.

Soon, he was signing a record deal and in 2016, he released his debut album “My Hart Bly in ‘n Taal,” followed by “Deur My Venster” just a year later.

Similar to Refentse, Brendan’s music career started in his teens when he started performing professionally at the age of 14.

His first single, “Stop, wag, bly nog ‘n bietjie”, was a hit across the country and Channel 24 even dubbed it the hottest music video. Since then, he has become a familiar face in the industry and has amassed a large fan base.

Early this year, he released his single “Stop die Wereld Ek Wil Afklim” and this felt just the place to pen a follow up.

For art that really rocks, Head Guide Gerhard Van Der Westhuizen shared some work by some of South Africa’s earliest artists.

Hoping their art is as appreciated by generations to come, the guys joined their recording team to capture some magic.

Bridging two equally varied South African musical cultures has proven a winning formula for Mister Morake.

Currently a highly popular mentor on a local singing show, Refentse appreciated this time out from the public gaze.

Brendan wrote the song ‘Meisies Soos Jy’ on the weekend and just released it to a very warm reception. While on the night, with the boma fitting only a small audience, they shared a gem they’d written together.

And here’s to the next hit born around this burning ring of fire.





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