Mel Botes s music reflects his passion, exuberant creativity and a
mind that questions everything: sense and purpose but also
boundaries, consciousness and reality. It abounds with contrasting
qualities sometimes bittersweet, painfully beautiful, sad;
dramatic, majestic, inspiring, compelling; sometimes disturbing,
tempestuous, with explosions of sound that surprise; sometimes
strange, even eerie but NEVER boring!
No surprise then that Mel made his memorable debut on the local
music scene in 1998 with a concept show, a rock concert and album.
David's Confession evolved from his continuing fascination with
winged creatures and man s desire to fly. Strictly speaking, I don
t consider it autobiographical in any way, but I do relate to the
universal theme of the struggle between good and evil, and the
power of music to influence moral choices. It can be employed for
good or evil.
His first Afrikaans album, Oomblik van Waansin (with a title
that is a tribute to Pink Floyds Momentary Lapse of Reason) is a
deeply personal and lyrical chronicle of his own journey: It is
about the way I grew up, my mom and dad, social influences.
In 2001 he won a Geraas Award as the Best Songwriter in
Afrikaans for Oomblik van Waansin.
Mel's affinity for conceptual stage shows was demonstrated again
in 2005 with the musical play Flight of Bird during the Aardklop
Arts Festival in Potchefstroom. The production was nominated for an
AngloGold Ashanti Smeltkroes Award.
Composing soundtracks for movies and television drama has become
one of his ways of expressing and stretching himself musically. He
has created songs and incidental music for Song for Katryn 2 (with
Valiant Swart), The Hitchhiker, Andries Plak, Running Riot with
Bill Flynn, Dryfsand and Rainbow Skellums.
His genial talent can not be described with words; it must be
experienced. Go on, you are being challenged
About Dans In Die Weerlig :
This highly anticipated album is Mels first Afrikaans album in
7 years! All the self-penned material tackles a wide range of
topics with a real brow raiser in Siener . The album show a more
commercial side of Mel with great sing along guitar driven tracks.
It concludes with the title track DANS IN DIE WEERLIG which is a
reminder of Mels talent as a poet and shapeshifter!
||125 x 142 x 10mm (L x W x T)
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