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David Kramer

DAVID KRAMER is one of South Africa's most recognised and successful songwriters and performers. He is also a multi-award winning playwright, director and producer of musicals.

His interest and passion has, for forty years been to explore a South African identity and tell stories with song. He rocketed into the public eye with a number 1 hit, BLOKKIES JOUBERT a portrait of a has-been Springbok rugby player, closely followed by another huge Top Ten hit, ROYAL HOTEL. Many hits were to follow. MONTAGU, BOGGEM EN VOERTSEK, BUDGIE, MATCHBOX FULL OF DIAMONDS, DRUK MY VAS, STOKSIELALLEEN, HANNE, MEISIE SONNER SOKKIES and the hugely popular SO LONG SKIPSKOP which tells the story of forced removals from a fishing village in the Cape. Most of his album releases have gone gold and the six musicals he has written along with the late Taliep Petersen have all been enormous box office successes.

In 2001 he brought to the stage, Karoo Kitaar Blues, a project that promoted the talents of eccentric guitar and tin-can violinists is the subject of an award winning documentary, which originated as a series of concerts that were performed around South Africa.

David holds an honorary Doctorate of Literature from UCT and an honorary Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Stellenbosch.

A recent career highlight was being invited to perform at Carnegie Hall, where together with an 8 piece band he showcased the music of the Cape.

In February 2015 year he opened a new musical Orpheus in Africa at the Fugard Theatre and enjoyed a 20 week run in Cape Town. It has been nominated for 10 Fleur du Cap Awards.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of District Six being declared a white group area on the 11th Feb 1966, David has created a theatrical tribute called District Six Kanala