100 South African artists that prove that South Africa has musical talent. You have to hear them!
Over the course of the next few weeks, MusicReview will compile a list of 100 of South Africa’s best musical acts, both past and present, who showcase local talent. This one is especially for our international readers and should serve as a guide to help you discover some of South Africa’s best .
MUSIC SOUTH AFRICA
Wednesday, 8 May 2013
Sonja Herholdt is an Afrikaner singer-songwriter and actress.
Herholdt was born in the small Gauteng mining village of
Nigel, Gauteng and at the age of three made her first singing
performance at the local community recreation hall, singing the
Afrikaans lullaby Slaap, my Kindjie.She attended the Afrikaans-medium
Tienie Vorster Primary and John Vorster High School where she became
Head Girl in both and followed her theatrical pursuits.
She later obtained a diploma cum laude in Teaching after
three years at the Johannesburg (Goudstad) College of Education. She
gave up teaching to pursue music after meeting her future husband, FC
Hamman. The couple married in 1976 and started a family, their youngest
son later developed an extreme hearing impairment in 1993. Herholdt
subsequently decided to start a school for hearing and linguistically
impaired Afrikaans children, this was housed in the pre-primary section
of Bryanston Primary School. This resulted in Herholdt returning to
teach for a period of time.
In 1996, Herholdt was involved in a serious car accident.
She and her husband subsequently divorced after 21 years of marriage.In
collaboration with Carel Cronjé, she released her autobiography in 2007
Sonja: Meisie van Nigel. Later that year she was injured in a robbery on
the way home from Cronjé's Johannesburg home ,Herholdt has recorded
several albums and singles since the 1970s;