In August 2006, when Potchefstroom was accustomed to cover bands playing at weddings and pubs, a musical revolution started in the small university and mining town when rock band STRAATLIGKINDERS emerged. Lightning up the streets of Potchefstroom with their fun-inspired Afrikaans rock, they soon became a nationwide phenomenon with their creative strategies and fresh offerings to the music industry of South Africa. The town has rarely ever seen a band actually making a name for themselves, and their rise was quick and unexpected - turning them into a rock powerhouse as they racked up thousands of views on YouTube whilst securing themselves a loyal fan base across the country.
They soon garnered an array of awards, ranging from nominations for two SAMA awards, two ATKV awards, seven VAMT awards, four MK awards and a few Huisgenoot Tempo awards. They became winners of one ATKV award for Best Newcomer in 2008, three VAMT awards for Best Alternative Group in 2008 and 2009 and Best Spiritual Album in 2009. They were also crowned Group Of The Year and Campus Hit Of The Year in 2009 at the MK Awards. All of these awards were voted for by the public.
Since Potchefstroom is predominately an Afrikaans town, the decision to sing in their mother tongue when they formed STRAATLIGKINDERS played a huge role in connecting them with their public and, playing a genre associated with a youthful audience, they couldn’t have found themselves in a better niche. Their mass appeal to the youth of South Africa is predominantly ascribed to their honesty and admittance to their own frailty in their lyrics and music. But after four years of extensive touring, three studio albums to their name, (at that time) eight music videos charting on national television and numerous radio hits later, the band reached their prime. As with all things, the band had an expiration date and instead of waiting for the date to come, STRAATLIGKINDERS made the decision to take a creative break for members to venture into other music avenues.
Whilst fans were sure it was over, STRAATLIGKINDERS knew that in this case their break did not mean ‘break-up’. Two years after the release of their last album, STRAATLIGKINDERS returned wiser and more matured to the South African music scene in 2012 - bringing with them the accumulated knowledge and creativity gained from working with various other musicians and in other genres.
The band signed with EMI Music South Africa for the release of their fourth full-length studio album, which was recorded during August and October 2012 at Lightstain Studios in Potchefstroom, and released in November 2012. The album is entitled KONINGS MET VERSKONINGS and is produced by Ewald Jansen van Rensburg and Francois de Klerk. In March 2013, SLK received two Ghoema Award nominations for ‘Best Group’ and ‘Best Rock’ for this album, of which they won the Ghoema 2013 award for ‘Best Rock Album’. The album also received a Tempo Award Nomination for ‘Best Alternative Album Of The Year’ in June 2013. Up to date, they have released four music videos from the album, for their singles ‘Duiwel Dans’, ‘Voete van Klei’, ‘Petrus’ and ‘Sketse’.
Six years since the release of the last STRAATLIGKINDERS album, the original Potch rock group announced the release of a brand new album. entitled ‘VERDWYN’ in 2018. The album was released on 16 November 2018. The announcement came with a brand new single and music video, entitled ‘Wonder’. Two more radio singles followed from the album, namely Herinner (ft Lucinda Neethling) and Krake.
In 2021, the band released ‘KOM SAAM’, the first offering from a collection of brand new songs and collaborations to come. With a high energy feel to it, KOM SAAM is a rock song with electronic elements tapping into the current relevant sound and genres. A crossover between punk rock and electro, old and new STRAATLIGKINDERS fans will definitely relate to this single offering a modern pop punk sound.
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