Bonjour Monsieur Brel

Jannie du Toit

  • Ticket Price: R50.00
  • Duration: 1hr 10mins
  • Age Recommendation: All Ages
  • Genre: Music
  • Language: English, French, Afrikaans & Dutch

In Bonjour Monsieur Brel, Jannie du Toit sings the songs of Jacques Brel in French, English, Afrikaans and Dutch. In this production, Jacques Brel’s passionately haunting songs are sung in four languages and accompanied by a musical ensemble of the highest order. Jannie du Toit has for decades been in high regard as an interpreter of Brel and a foremost exponent of excellence in vocal art. He sang his first interpretations of Brel in 1988 and thereafter Brel songs were part of his trade mark. In the early nineties he became known particularly for his rendition of Madeleine and lately his renditions of some original French versions – La Valse and Il Neige sur Liège – also met with high acclaim from critics. Brel’s songs showcase his unique take on the human condition. Just as the works of classical composers, and indeed all great art, the excerpts from his visionary writings are timeless. His brilliance emerges equally in all four languages – a testament to his unrivalled gift of expression as the greatest chansonnier of the 20th century.

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PRODUCTION CREDITS

Music and original French texts: Jacques Brel
Singer and Guitarist: Jannie du Toit
Cello: Susan Mouton
Piano and Accordion: Chanie Jonker

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Jannie du Toit has been a singer /songwriter/ recording artist since 1971. He released his first album in 1981 and has since released 14 of his own albums as well as numerous albums with other artists. He does performances over the whole of South Africa, mostly with other musicians – therefore also enabling them to earn income. He sings in Afrikaans, English, French and Dutch. ‘Die eggo van jou oë / Those were the days’ with Susan Mouton (cello) – Jannie’s own songs as well as songs from the sixties (Beatles, John Denver, Jacques Brel and others). Kiekies – Lucas se liedjies (the music of his friend – singer and songwriter Lucas Maree) the talented guitarist and singer Thean Kotze. Doep is nie dood nie – the songs of Koos du Plessis. Oesjaar – a programme with Jannie’s own songs accompanied by Susan Mouton (cello) and Chanie Jonker (piano and accordion).