Afrikaans adult contemporary artists VonWest is South Africa’s own Pavarotti / Bryan Adams-like combination. Dewald von Solms a renowned South African opera tenor and his nephew, 2010 Idol finalist, Pieter West, the rocker with the raspy voice, was masterfully joined by South Africa’s great queen of the the ivories, Christa Steyn in 2011.
Christa said “They are both stunning artists in their own right, but when they sing together....that’s when the magic happens!!!” Magic indeed: in VonWest’s debut year they were invited to numerous star studded events which includes TV appearances on Kyknet and SABC as well as Huisgenoot Skouspel.
The debut album sold over 10 000 copies in the first year and is highly rated by astute music lovers all over SA. After two years VonWest is now releasing their second album. The diversity of these two artists is clearly seen in the track list, from Sy, the breathtakingly beautiful love song by Marco Borsato to Pucinni’s well known Nessun Dorma.
Other well known classics include Miserere, Living years, Your the Inspiration, Because we believe, The Godfather Theme song with a twist and obviously a selection of deeply grounded Afrikaans lovesongs: Die hemele weet, Ek wens ons kon die tyd terugdraai, Liefde is nie, My hart behoort aan jou, and Christa Steyn’s own Ek wil vir jou.
Pure listening pleasure with passionate strong lyrics and melodious artistry. VonWest 2 was once again recorded and produced by Christa‘s son Douw Steyn at his studio, Son Recordings, in Pretoria with arrangements by Ockie Vermeulen, a well known name in the classical and sacred music circles. “It was important to stay true to my mother’s vision for VonWest and yet to improve on their first album.” Says Douw Steyn.