De Klerk (78) reaches goal of 150th album

2018-02-28 06:02

AFTER more than 10 years, local resident Warren de Klerk (78) has finally reached his goal of recording his 150th album.

De Klerk, who lives in Sherwood, set a record in 2016 when he produced his 100th album, but he was determined not to stop there and set a new goal for himself to add another 50 to his tally in just one year.

“In December 2016, I was able to produce my 100th CD, but this was achieved over a nine-year period and to add another 50 CDs to this tally in just one year meant that I would have to average about four per month,” he said.

“Taking into account that each CD contains approximately 20 songs, this was quite a daunting task. This meant that there lay many, many hours of preparation, research, practice, arranging, editing and final recording ahead of me.”

On December 24, 2017, he finally reached his new goal. What sets De Klerk apart from other musicians, though, is the fact that he has never been interested in making money from his talent.

“Even though I have produced this many CDs, I have never, ever sold a single one, nor have I ever attempted to do so. Instead, I have had the pleasure of giving hundreds away (especially the gospel CDs) with only one thought in mind: to bless someone with the word of God,” he explained.

De Klerk was also determined not to conform to just one particular genre. His 150 albums, which are made up of more than 3 000 songs, cover nearly every type of music, including gospel, jazz, country, Latin-American, boeremusiek and movie theme songs, to name but a few.

“I spend between four and six hours each day in my music studio preparing, arranging and recording my CDs. They are a total one-man show.

“I do all the background instrumental music myself and then I add various voices (my own) to achieve the final results. This proud record could never have been achieved without God’s grace and mercy.”


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