Sonskynfees 2015: Shaleen Surtie-Richards

Our MC for the Sonkynfees was well known actress Shaleen Surtie-Richards.

Shaleen was born in Upington on 7 May 1955 and schooled both there and in Cape Town. Qualifying as a kindergarden teacher, she taught in both cities between 1974 and 1984. Shaleen Surtie-Richards is a South African actress best known for her title role in the 1988 feature film Fiela se Kind (Fiela’s Child), and as Ester (Nenna) Willemse in the M-Net soap opera Egoli: Place Of Gold. She was also a judge on the reality competition television series Supersterre from 2006-2010.

Shaleen took many roles in several amateur stage productions between 1974 and 1981 and was also active in productions of the Department of Education’s Theatre-in-Education from 1982 – 1984. She became a professional actress in 1984 and has become very well-known through her appearances on stage, television and films. She also works on radio as narrator or actress.

Her stage work over the last 30 years includes productions by some of the country’s leading directors. She has been seen on stage in all the main centers of the country, as well as London, and has participated in both the Grahamstown and Edinburgh Festivals.

Here are some of the photo’s I’ve taken at the 2015 Sonskynfees.

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Sonskynfees 2015: Pieter Mohr

Well what can I say about Pieter Mohr? Pieter was born in Kimberley and grew up in Bellville. He recorded his first album in 2012 3 of his songs got nr 1 status. His original song “Can’t find the words to say” won 2 x IFM Melodie Awards voted by radio listeners & enjoys radio airplay internationally as well. He also shared the stage with Ray Dylan, Fredi Nest, Manie Jackson, Billy Forrest, Bobby Angel, Lance James and Dozi.

I photographed him for the first time on stage in 2014 at the Sonskynfees. With his cowboy hat and guitar he really brings his audience to their feet with his collection of country songs. One just can’t help to sing along. His favourite country singer is Alan Jackson and he also performs a few of his songs.

Here are some of my photo’s taken at this years Sonskynfees.

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Sonskynfees 2015: Andriëtte Norman

Andriëtte Norman is one of our local Afrikaans Female artists. She lived and grew up in Brackenfell. In 2007 she got second place in our Idols competition I still say she had to be the winner. I just love her voice.

I first met her in 2008 when she performed at the Varingfees in Brackenfell her hometown. Back then I only had my Kodak camera nothing fancy but my husband arranged that I may take photo’s backstage. After all these years she is just as humble as the first time I met her.

Here are some of the photo’s I’ve taken at the 2015 Sonskynfees.

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