In celebration of Ruhan du Toit’s three decades in the music industry, he is launching an album with brand new music in July, and two lucky readers can attend an exclusive preview at RNews’s office in Pretoria.
For the past 30 years, Ruhan has gained fame for the powerhouse performances he delivers. With his versatile interpretation of different music genres, which spans six languages and four octaves, he is equally at home on an international stage as around a bushveld fire with a handful of selected guests.
“What a privilege to be part of the South African music landscape for so long,” says Ruhan about this milestone.
“While I now also get a little nostalgic about my life’s path and all the turns it took me, I can’t help but think back to my first album that was released in 1994. I was 11 years old and ready to take on the industry. It was a wonderful road with highs and lows.”
Heaven is was his first album and since then numerous other releases have followed: Human child (1995). I believe (1997). In 2000 follows Sound of Silence, a duet album that he and his brother, Jeanré, recorded. Ruhan is still known for this song’s version that he sang on the Afrikaans is Groot stage in 2016. To date, “The Sound of Silence” music video has achieved great success and has been viewed by more than 11 million people on YouTube.
Ten years after his first issue, Ruhan and his brother, Jeanré, finished in the top 20 of the talent competition, Zing, which was broadcast on kykNET. After that they have another duet album, Long waylaunched in 2006.
In 2008 see the album Will I pick you up? the light and in 2012 he joined the music duo Touch of Class. Together with his fellow member, Deon van der Merwe, they charm audiences everywhere they go.
“I will never forget my memories with Deon and will always be grateful for the part he played in my career,” says Ruhan.
Monumental is the most recent solo album from Ruhan’s pen. The title track and the song’s music video were awarded an Aitsa award in 2021. This song is still listened to worldwide and ranks 58th on the Top-200 South African albums that are streamed.
After resuming his solo career, Ruhan’s calendar is packed with an average of 200 shows per year.
Ruhan’s wife, Marinda, is the director of Ruhan du Toit Music and together they make a formidable team. “He has long since mastered the art of reading his audience and offering everyone something from his arsenal of more than 500 songs,” says Marinda.
According to her, it is the combination of huge musical arrangements, spontaneous energy and the special moments when only his voice and guitar playing are showcased. “This is what makes fans yearn for more of Ruhan’s music.”
Tickets for Ruhan’s shows on 23 July at the Atterbury Theater cost R250 (price subject to change). It is available on Seatme.
Two lucky RNews readers have the chance to each win a double ticket to the exclusive preview of Ruhan du Toit’s latest album. This event will be presented on 18 July at RNews’s office at the Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria.
All you have to do is fill in your details in the competition form at the bottom of this article.
The closing date for the competition is Thursday 13 July at 11.45pm.
Terms and conditions
- The competition closes Thursday 13 July at 11.45pm.
- Winners will be chosen at random.
- Participants must be over 18 years of age.
- The judges’ decision is final and no further correspondence will be entered into.
- The draw will take place immediately after the closing date, after which RNews will contact the winners.
- Once all winners have responded, their names will be announced on RNews.
- The prizes cannot be exchanged for cash.
- Winners are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements.
- Participants must live in South Africa.