David Kramer

Short biography of David Kramer : Guitarist/singer-songwriter/playwright/director/producer [b]David Kramer[/b] is little short of an institution in his native South Africa. With his trademark guitar, bilingual songs, sardonic yet funny lyrics, "rooi vellies, dikwiel fiets and baggy pants" image, the idiosyncratic performer has managed to irk the tempers of the then-apartheid government, champion the causes of the small-town populace of the Western Cape, as well as secure himself the reputation as a truly local curiosity in the minds of anyone else that's ever watched television.

Of Dutch/Lithuanian heritage and born June 27, 1951 in the Karoo town of Worcester, Kramer played in a band called [b]The Creeps[/b] in the sixties before moving to the UK to study textile design at Leeds University in 1971. An Honours Degree later he returned home and to music, portraying himself as a rural everyman who traveled the dusty roads of small town South Africa with an old bicycle and a cheap guitar.

Debut album "Bakgat!" was released in 1981 on [l33450] and promptly fell foul of the SABC censors on account of its political content and supposedly vulgar mixture of English and Afrikaans. David Kramer did, ironically, become quite the household name as the face of the SA Volkswagen Microbus advertisements after being recruited by Volkswagen in 1983 for a campaign that lasted over a decade.

In 1986 Kramer attained the rights to his catalogue from Mountain Records and released the seminal "Baboondogs" album under his own "Blik Records" ([l192381]) banner, and the following year the hugely successful stage musical "District Six" (a politically-influenced telling of the forced resettlements) was openend at the Baxter Theatre. The first of many such collaborations with [b]Taliep Pietersen[/b], this partnership was to last two decades (before Pietersen was murdered) and spawn multiple award-winning plays -- both locally and abroad.

In December 2007 Mr. Kramer was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Literature by the University of Cape Town.

Also on the Web you may find David Kramer by links below:
  1. http://www.davidkramer.co.za
  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Kramer
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# Album cover Album title Tracks amount Download album in mp3? Official release date Production label
1 David Kramer (2) - Eina Eina 10
mp3, CD
1989 EMI Music (South Africa)
2 David Kramer (2) - Delicious Monster Delicious Monster 10
mp3, CD
1982 Mountain Records (2)
3 David Kramer (2) - Bakgat! Bakgat! 12
mp3, CD
1981 Mountain Records (2)
4 David Kramer (2) - Hemel & Aarde Hemel & Aarde 11
mp3, CD
2007 Blik Music
5 David Kramer (2) - Jis Jis Jis Jis Jis Jis 17
mp3, CD
1983 Mountain Records (2)
6 David Kramer (2) - Kwaai Kwaai 12
mp3, CD
2007 Rhythm Music Store
7 David Kramer (2) - Baboondogs Baboondogs 10
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2007 Rhythm Music Store
8 David Kramer (2) - Kliphard Kliphard 11
mp3, CD
2007 Rhythm Music Store
9 David Kramer (2) - Hak Hom Blokkies / Boggom En Voetsek Hak Hom Blokkies / Boggom En Voetsek 2
mp3, CD
1981 Mountain Records (2)
10 David Kramer (2) - Stoksielalleen Stoksielalleen 2
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1984 Mountain Records (2)
11 David Kramer (2) - Laugh It Off Laugh It Off 7
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2003 African Dope Records
12 David Kramer (2) - Alles Vannie Beste Alles Vannie Beste 18
mp3, CD
1996 Blik Music

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