Sonskynfees 2015: Kosie Beukes

Kosie Beukes is only 7 years old and he masters 13 instruments already. I had the pleasure to capture this little guy at the Sonskynfees this year. Hope to meet him again someday. Will keep a close eye on his music career. When Shaleen talked to him on stage he said that he  is better than his grandad on the  concertina… Just love this little boys attitude…

Here are some information I got from an  article about Kosie in the Boksburg Advertiser.

“Kosie picked up his first guitar when he was just two years old and even though it was a toy, he would seemingly play along when he heard a song he liked.

“He began playing his first instrument before he was five when his grandfather gave him a box guitar,” says mom.

“I think that was probably the first time my husband and I actually began to realise that our child was gifted.”

After realising that his mother is talking about his musical gift, Kosie quickly stands up and fetches his most recently purchased instrument, the mandolin, looking very eager to play a song.

Appearing delighted to have another chance to show off some of his musicality, he pulls on a few strings as his mother goes on about how he started playing the concertina.

“It was just a matter of months after Kosie first picked up the concertina before he could play at least 15 songs.

“His grandfather showed him how to play only once, and nine days later he was playing an entire song with no assistance,” says Julia.

She says Kosie is usually a very introverted child, but his personality changes once he starts playing an instrument or gets up on stage to perform.

Julia believes that Kosie may be the youngest concertina player in South Africa because, according to her, the youngest concertina player recorded by the Guinness Book of Records is the same age as her son.

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


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Sonskynfees 2015: Viljoen Retief

At the end of 2006 Viljoen Retief made a huge decision on his way to work. He was listening to a Bob Dylan song on the radio when it came to him. He wanted to be a full time singer and songwriter. He phoned his dad Ds Johan Retief and told him about his decision. His Father said he was waiting for this phone call for a while. According to him Viljoen Retief has a talent and his passion is his music and songwriting.

On 16 March 2007 he had his first CD launch and has been going strong ever since he decided to live his dream. He writes his own songs and also writes for fellow artists. He writes about people, places and day to day stuff.  I love his music and had the pleasure to capture him on more than one festival.

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


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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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