South African music icon Steve Hofmeyer will be celebrating 25 years in the entertainment industry at Die Boer Theatre Restaurant in Durbanville from Wednesday to Sunday, February 19 to 23.
Hofmeyr’s 42-track greatest hits album, ‘25 Jaar Se Bestes’, is currently making the country sit up and take renewed notice of a music career that started all the way back in 1987.
With more than 200 original songs already filling his songbook, the drama graduate, successfully published author, television personality, actor and social media commentator says he always been fiercely focused on telling stories. “We fragment the moment,” Hofmeyer mentions. “My songs show something of the dynamic of Afrikaans, and the beauty of culture is that it cannot be regulated.”
Hofmeyr’s voice is arguably bigger today than it has ever been. “I have gone higher, not lower,” he says of his vocal range. “I started out as a rotten singer, but I have learnt to sing better. Coming off a low base means I still have loads of opportunity to impress.”
Since 1987 Hofmeyr has travelled and recorded in Los Angeles and made Belgium home, while recording and performing with Dana Winner. In-between writing and recording, along with the likes of Italy’s Patrizio Buanne, 22 albums have been realised and more than two million copies in total sold. Add to that tally four movies, and no less than seven music DVDs.
Hofmeyr, who has had many ups and downs during the last quarter century, faced perhaps his biggest setback in 2011 when he quite literally lost his voice and it didn’t bounce back – a rude awakening that saw him, once again, assessing all that he did and just how he did it. “I packed up and toured Europe for a month, not speaking a word,” he recalls. “Fortunately I recovered, and when I did I realised that pacing myself was critical if I wanted to keep doing what I do, and wish to do… indefinitely.”
* Performances will take place at 8.30pm nightly, and at 1.30pm on the Sunday.
Tickets are R320 per person and can be booked on 021979 1911, or 083406 0111; or online at www.dieboer.com.