Listen: Corlea on theater concert, wedding plans and 10 years of ‘Black Coffee’


Ten years ago, a song landed on the singer Corlea Botha’s table, which initially raised more questions than excitement for her.

Little did she know that this single would become one of her career’s biggest hits and would continue to touch audiences’ heartstrings after almost a decade.

“It doesn’t matter how many times I sing it, it just doesn’t get old for me,” she says in the RNews studio about her song, “Black Coffee”, which celebrates its tenth birthday this year.

She reveals that this song was initially penned by the singer and songwriter, Johan Vorster, as a title track for a movie that would take place in Koffiebaai.

According to Corlea, “Black Coffee”, which she sang in front of Afrikaans is Groot audiences for the first time in 2013, initially did not feel like something she could make her own.

Fortunately, she proved herself and audiences wrong.

“It absolutely exploded and looking back now, it was probably one of the biggest contributions to my career. To this day, this and ‘Sonvanger’ remain the two songs that audiences ask for the most.”

In celebration of this milestone, “Black coffee” also gets a new flavor with a reworking in a ballad style that will be released for the first time on Tuesday night East West home is bestconcert at the Atterbury Theater in Pretoria.

“It’s as if the words strike from the beginning in a different way in this version,” she explains.

In East West home is best this English-voiced singer makes a series of well-known English hits her own in a fresh and new way with the help of a five-piece band consisting of musicians such as David Klassen (Note vit Note) and guitarist Hansie Roodt exist.

This show will also be immortalized with a live audio and video recording that will later be available on streaming services.

She tells that East West home is best ‘s concept was born from her tours as a solo singer on exclusive passenger ships, where she performed in front of international audiences from the USA, Britain, France and many more.

“I have on the ships and with Classics are big saw audiences enjoying English hits tackled in new ways. Of course, I also make sure that there are a few surprises for fans who like my Afrikaans music.”

The singer, who announced her engagement to musician Juandré Marais (aka JD Mars) in June 2022, also talks more about her wedding plans and jokes that she will have to call on her fans for affordable wedding planning advice.

“I simply cannot believe how outrageously expensive it has become to get married. We’re incredibly happy and won’t be engaged for ten years, but I think I’m going to do things just a little bit differently.”

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