Saturday, 4 May 2013

Early life and career

Bok van Blerk
Bok van Blerk, born Louis Pepler 30 March 1978, is a South African musician who sings in Afrikaans. He became famous in 2006 for his rendition of "De la Rey"

Van Blerk went to Hoërskool Die Wilgers (school) in Pretoria. After his study, he spent time working abroad.
In March 2006, Bok van Blerk and the Mossies released the album Jy praat nog steeds my taal (You still speak my language). The same album was rereleased in October 2006 under the name De La Rey and solely credited to Bok van Blerk. According to Van Blerk "and the Mossies" was removed because his fellow singer, Tanya van Graan, was too busy modelling. Van Blerk is accompanied by Jaco Mans (and occasionally Manie van Niekerk) on lead guitar, Francois Coetzee on bass guitar, and Nathan Smit on the drums

"De la Rey" controversy

On 6 February 2007 the South African Department of Arts and Culture issued a statement regarding the song "De la Rey" (which is a tribute to Koos de la Rey) regarding the controversy that arose due to the popularity of the song with some Afrikaners, who interpret the lyrics as a call to armed battle. At some of his concerts some audience members have flown the old South African flag and the Transvaal Vierkleur. The Orange Free State Vierkleur is shown in the De La Rey video as part of the period scene depicted in the song and video. In a Huisgenoot article the magazine challenged Minister Pallo Jordan to comment on the song and the message it is said to contain. In the statement the Department deplored the possibility that the song could be hijacked by right-wing circles, but wished the singer good luck. The Minister also stated that he has no problem with protests or mobilisation from the opposition, as long as they occur within the framework of the law.
Van Blerk himself says that he does not identify himself with the old South African flag, nor does he want to be associated with it. But he does promote Afrikaans and has refused to participate in the concert organised by the 94.7 Highveld Stereo radio station because of their policy not to play Afrikaans music.
He also makes it clear that he does not side with the Boeremag, that he does not believe violence to be a solution to problems and that General De la Rey was pro-peace. Koos Kombuis also points out that Van Blerk's rugby-song is about a coloured rugby player, Bryan Habana.
For the sake of his own survival, Bok was forced to print a disclaimer on the sleeve of his second album, Afrikanerhart;
“Afrikanerhart is not a song that calls for any form of revolution or uprising. The song comes from the musical ‘Ons vir Jou’, and all that we want to say is that the Afrikaner also shed blood while building South Africa. If we respect all cultures and their history, we can together all make this country stronger.” (Translated from the original Afrikaans)


De La Rey Released: 2005, production: Mozi Records, distribution: Select Music.

  1. De la Rey
  2. Praat nog steeds my taal
  3. Vodka en OJ
  4. Hatfield Jol
  5. Die Bok kan blêr
  6. Lenteblomme
  7. So waai die wind
  8. Stuk van jou
  9. Op Walvisbaai
  10. '68 Chevy
  11. Katie
  12. Girls in bikinis
  13. Habana!
Afrikanerhart Released: 2009

  1. Tyd Om Te Trek
  2. Afrikanerhart
  3. Super Schalk
  4. Brandewyn Het Nie Brieke Nie
  5. Jou Pa Is Hier
  6. Klaar Met My
  7. Die Kaplyn
  8. My Angel
  9. Die Kleur Van My Vel
  10. Seilvisskoffel
  11. Boeregirl
  12. Miss U.S.A
  13. Nooit Weer Gesien Nie
  14. Sink of Swem
  15. Pa en Seun
My Kreet Released: 2010

  1. My Kreet
  2. Die ou klipkerk gebou
  3. ‘n Goeie man
  4. BMX en bende
  5. Tannie Tina van Wyk
  6. Konyne
  7. Anderkant die treinspoor
  8. Bloubul shebeen
  9. Die bokke skiet terug
  10. Diknek en klein tandjies
  11. Honnelos
  12. Platteland