“I am inspired by what I hear, smell, see and feel.” Dozi
VREDE is a must-have addition to any Dozi fan’s music collection. It is a compilation of feel-good, heartfelt music with which no playlist should be without. “I love what I do and plan to keep it up for a long time,” he says. “I am positive about the future and still have lots of plans up my sleeve.”
Each of the songs were carefully selected to compliment Dozi’s voice and style. “For the past six years, I have been trying to keep my restaurant up and running. It made me realize how important music really is to me. That is what I know and love, and this inspired me to record an album and leave the restaurant industry to those who specialize in it,” he says.
“What makes this project unique is that it was recorded live on my farm with the help of many experienced musicians. Everyone did a brilliant job and it turned out very well,” the artist explains about the concept behind the recording process. “I decided on the title because, at this stage of my life, I am tired of everything that is not peaceful – anything that is confrontational, ugly and negative. I just want peace.”
This is Dozi’s nineteenth studio album and boasts twelve original tracks, of which three were written by the artist himself. Stef Kruger was responsible for the rest of the content and, according to the artist, he enjoyed working with this talented songwriter again. The content can mainly be described as a modern mixture of meaningful music, with a few upbeat tracks to lighten the mood. “Along with ‘Op Aanvraag’ and the ‘Mercy’ album, I consider my latest release as something that comes closest to the true Dozi sound and I look forward to sharing it with audiences. The album was made in peace, sent away in peace and now it has to make money in peace,” explains the musician.
Because he believes in creating music with meaning, he credits As Jy Deur Hel Gaan as one of his favourite songs on the album. “It’s a song that appeals to our current situation. I believe that when you write lyrics, it should be about something that is relevant to people’s lives,” he reveals about the song that he wrote himself.
Hits like Partykeer Somtyds (the first single released to radio), Galgtou, Dis Net Woorde and Groete are emotional tracks that promises to touch the hearts of each person that listens to it. “The reason I write music is to make the world a better place. Musicians are disciples of the world, and it is their job to make people’s souls happy. If you are unhappy and you listen to the right music, then you feel better,” he shares.
Dozi (a.k.a. Henk Opperman) was born in Hluhluwe and grew up on a farm in Standerton. He started singing and playing guitar at the age of twelve and has always been a great source of entertainment to his friends, family and fans.
After completing his military service, he studied graphic design at the Technikon of Pretoria and, on a night out, he secured himself a regular gig at the local Spur. It was the beginning of a very long and successful music career. He performed until the early hours of the morning, which led to his nickname – Dozi – because he was so fond of sleeping during the day.
His professional career only really took off after meeting Hansie Roodt and Lydia Winchester. His first album, Mercy, which was a spiritual Zulu album, was released in 1999 and earned him a SAMA nomination for Best New Artist. Several award-winning platinum sellers, including Op Aanvraag, Storm op die Horison, Siyaya – Ons Gaan…and numerous number one radio hits followed.
Not only has Dozi become a regular at the country’s biggest music festivals and concerts over the years, but he has also gained notoriety on television for his own program – Kom ’n Bietjie Binne –, as a coach in two seasons of the reality show, Supersterre, and as a regular guest artist on Noot-vir-Noot.
According to him, he has had the privilege of working with most of the big names in the industry. He would, however, still like to perform with Jan Blohm, because he loves blues music and has never really collaborated with musicians in those circles.
Dit Is Ook Maar Hier
Ek Wil Vir Jou Sê
As Jy Deur Hel Gaan
Dis Net Woorde
Sing Van Die See
The album is now available on all digital platforms here: https://music.apple.com/za/album/vrede/1505963047
My Favourite Songs
I have listened to this new Dozi album while driving, working and relaxing and it did take a while for my favourite songs to emerge.
I love “Groete” and the hello to the birds in the pale winter grass – Hadada, Guinea Fowl and Lapwing – ‘Sawubona Inyoni.’
“As Jy Deur Hel Gaan” is a song for these times of Covid. Life can be battering you from all sides but you must just carry on moving. My favourite part of the lyrics is ‘jy sal wel deur dit kom, net voor die duiwel weet jy is daar’ (you will get through it, before the devil knows you are there).
My final favourite is “Skemer Hemel” as it paints the picture of sunset into the dark of the night.
Giveaway (CLOSED) Winners are Lizna Grobler and Raymond Antoncich
Thanks to Starburst Promotions I have 2 x hard copy albums to give away to 2 x lucky winners.
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WHERE WAS DOZI’s FIRST REGULAR GIG?
Please note :
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- Two winners will be chosen by lucky draw
- Please note that he competition is for South African residents only as the albums are sent to the winners.
- Competition closes on the 28 October 2020 at 12pm midday.