Nuwe album || Die Aandblom13 || Jy kan jou kopie vooraf bestel op iTunes 2/09 || Beskikbaar landswyd op alle Digitale Platforms & Musiek Winkels 16/09 || Album vrystelling by The Baxter Theater 16/09 || Kaartjies beskikbaar by Computicket

Arno Carstens is reeds vir meer as twee dekades lank ‘n huishoudelike naam in Suid-Afrikaanse musiek. Sy eerste Afrikaanse album, “Die aandblom 13”, is ‘n besonderse werk – getrou aan lirieke van een van die snitte: “Dis my intensie om jou bo almal te verbaas”.

Dis ‘n album met ‘n sterk alternatiewe geur wat jou met amper-poëtiese, raakvat-lirieke, en ongewone klanke en melodielyne, boei met sy praat oor die dink en doen van vandag se mens.

Die album beslaan 13 snitte wat onbeskaamd, reguit en met regte-wêreld oë gesels oor persepsies, verhoudings, uitdagings, bewuswording, hoop, liefde en verandering.

Snitte soos “Siele loop sielloos”, “Chemikalieë”, “Bottel sonder prop”, “Ontwaak” en “Bonatuurlik” getuig van ‘n album wat nie “sommer net” aanmekaargesit is nie, maar sorgvuldig uit woord en melodie geweef is om jou diepste wese aan te gryp – iets wat ook duidelik blyk uit lirieke soos “Die liefde tussen hy en sy, en sy en sy en hy en hy sal altyd ‘n tydlose wonder wees”, “Verafsku deur die massas, alleendenkend en knaend onvanpas”, “Agter die masker ‘n gewapende dier” en “om ons te herinner aan die prag van eenvoud en ons doel om te verken”.

“Die aandblom 13” is ‘n album waar Carstens in sy hartstaal skilder – ‘n album uniek en enig in sy soort, eg, op die man af, onapologeties, sielsdiep… ‘n meesterstuk.

Tania Fourie, SELECT MUSIC



It’s been 40 years since this image of me was taken, standing in the garden at Aandblom Straat 13, Worcester in the Western Cape of SA. I grew up there, and I still go there as often as possible.

In September this year I’m releasing my first Afrikaans album and to honour my roots, I’ve called it Die Aandblom 13. Thirteen tracks that represent who I am and where I’ve come from.

Writing Die Aandblom 13 was a very different experience to the process of making any of my previous English albums.

Afrikaans is obviously my mother tongue so I could really explore the essence of the language and as a result the songs evolved from poetry, and the music was added afterwards.

As fate would have it, my wife and I had to move back to Aandblom Straat 13 in Worcester in January this year, because the renovation on our house in Cape Town wasn’t yet complete.

So I ended up writing a large portion of the album sitting on the bed in my parents bedroom, in the house where I had spent my entire youth, literally in the same place where I had learned to play guitar all those decades ago.


Once the album was completed, we went back to Aandblom Straat 13 to photograph the album cover artwork, so look closely at the album sleeve and you will see a montage of the inside of the house where I grew up. It’s truly a full circle album!

You will be able to pre-order your copy of the album on iTunes from 2nd – 16th September and it will be available on all digital platforms and at all music stores nationwide from 16 September 2016.

To celebrate the release we are having an album launch party at The Baxter Theatre in Rondebosch, Cape Town on the 16th September, where I will be performing with my full band. It’s going to be a mostly Afrikaans set, peppered with some of the SNG and solo hits of course. Tickets are available at Computicket.

Please join me at the launch event! It’s going to be a magical night to remember.

Here is the music video for Ontwaak, the first single we released earlier this year.






New album || Die Aandblom13 || Pre-order your copy on iTunes 2/09 || Available nationwide across all Digital Platforms & Music Stores 16/09 || Album Launch at The Baxter Theater 16/09 || Tickets available at Computicket

For more than two decades, Arno Carstens has been a household name in South African music. His first Afrikaans album, “Die aandblom 13”, is remarkable – true to the lyrics of one of the tracks: “Dis my intensie om jou bo almal te verbaas”.

It’s an album with a strong alternative flavour.  There are poetic lyrics, gripping sounds, unusual melodies and stories rich in history and heart.

The album comprises 13 tracks that examine the world around us and speak unashamedly and directly about perceptions, challenges, awakening, hope, love and change.

Tracks like “Siele loop sielloos”, “Chemikalieë”, “Bottel sonder prop”, “Ontwaak” and “Bonatuurlik” bear testament to an album that wasn’t written simply for the sake of writing, but one that was meticulously woven from words and music to move your inner being – something that is also clear in lyrics like “Die liefde tussen hy en sy, en sy en sy en hy en hy sal altyd ‘n tydlose wonder wees”, “Verafsku deur die massas, alleendenkend en knaend onvanpas”, “Agter die masker ‘n gewapende dier” and “om ons te herinner aan die prag van eenvoud en ons doel om te verken”.

“Die aandblom 13” is an album where Carstens paints artful images with his mother tongue – one that is rare and unique, authentic, straight to the point, unapologetic, soul deep… a masterpiece.

Tania Fourie, SELECT MUSIC





Thinking Owl Films, in association with Sony Music Entertainment Africa, have announced the release of an exciting new documentary film which will see The Springbok Nude Girls explode onto South African stage and screen for 2 exclusive film premiers followed by live performances.

The South African premier of Springbok Nude Girls, a film directed and produced by Michelle Pretorius, is set to happen on 4 June, 2016 at The Labia Theater in Cape Town and will be followed with a live performance by the band at The Assembly. The Springbok Nude Girls will be joined on stage at The Assembly by special guests, Retro Dizzy and Bam Bam Brown.



On 18th June 2016, there will be a second screening of the film, this time at The Bioscope Independent Cinema in Johannesburg which will be followed with a live performance by the band at The Goodluck Bar. The Springbok Nude Girls will be joined on stage at The Good Luck Bar by special guests, Art Snakes and Ruff Majik.


Through a series of serendipitous events in the early 90’s in the small wine making town of Stellenbosch, Arno Carstens, Theo Crous, Adriaan Brand, Arno Blumer and Francois Kruger became The Springbok Nude Girls.

Little did they know that they would go on to become one of the most loved rock bands South Africa has ever seen,  known for their high energy stage antics and unique musical sound which combines Punk, Reggae, Scat, Metal, Funk and Jazz.

The film tells the story of these early beginnings, touching on the crippling censorship of that time, and then the liberation of 1994 and how, for these kids, there was finally freedom in music.

Springbok Nude Girls uses archived performance & interview footage from the last two decades to illustrate the band’s compelling story & includes interviews with a range of contemporary South African musicians, commentators, journalists & music industry insiders to tell the story of this roller coaster ride. The film was made possible through generous donations from the fan based crowdfunding website Thundafund as well as investment from Mount Gay Rum SA and The National Film and Video Fund of South Africa.

“As one of the new South Africa’s first original rock bands, the Springbok Nude Girls are a legend to this day. Theirs is a story of breaking boundaries and carving the way for others to follow, and it’s no exaggeration to say their unique and original sound inspired a generation. So it was only fitting for Mount Gay rum to get involved in both the film and the launch events – the original and oldest rum, handcrafted in Barbados using the finest ingredients, and the rum that also carved the way for others to follow. We’ll be telling both of our stories in some pop-up events over the next few months, so watch this space.”
Phil Voget, Marketing Manager, Mount Gay Rum South Africa

Tickets for the Cape Town film premier are available directly from The Labia Theatre Tel 021 424 5927 or
Tickets for the live performances at The Assembly are available at

Tickets for the Johannesburg screening are available directly from The Bioscope Independent Cinema Tel 011 039 7306 or
Tickets for the live performance at The Good Luck Bar are available at




Arno Carstens is terug, maar die keer met sy eerste Afrikaanse EP, Die Aand!

Die Aand se oorsprong kom van Die Aanblom 13, wat die titel is van sy afrikaanse album wat later in 2016 vrygestel word.

Die Aandblom 13 is die adres waar hy groot geword het, en is vir hom simbolies, dis waar sy Afrikaanse wortels ontspruit het.

Die Aand het steeds Arno se kenmerkende en unieke klanke waaraan sy aanhangers gewoond is, en hierdie EP is absoluut uniek and baie persoonlik, aangesien elke lied self deur Arno geskryf is.

Die voorafbestelling van die EP maak die 22ste April oop op iTunes en Ontwaak sal dan onmiddelik beskikbaar wees.