Charlize Berg is one of the biggest names in Afrikaans music. She has just dropped her brand new album ‘As Jy Weet Dis Liefde’ and her recent singles ‘My Hart Myne’ and ‘Braaf’ both became big hits for the star and solidified her presence in the local music industry. This week, I chat to the musician about her new album, how she fell in love with music and what the future holds for her.
Tell us, When did you first fall in love with music?
Ever since I can remember, I loved music and I loved singing. I grew up in a home where music was everywhere almost all the time. My mother and father loved listening to CD’s or watch music DVD’s so I think that also had a big influence on me. When I was about 12 years old I finally mustered up the courage to sing my father a Celine Dion song I’d been practicing and when he shed a tear we both knew there was something special. After that I took on as many opportunities as I could and now I’m living out my dream.
You’ve become a big name in the local industry. What is it about your music that makes you stand out of the crowd?
I always dare to be a little bit different from the others, pushing the envelope a little, thinking outside the box. I believe in authenticity and in never holding back who you truly are and what you truly feel. This album has a fun side to it but it also goes deeper.
Your recent single ‘My Hart Myne’ was a huge hit and also a different direction for you. Tell us about the thought process behind that song.
I co-wrote this song with Bouwer Boch and Roux Cloete. Two very creative men and talented writers. We sat in a tiny room at Universal Music Studio’s and Bouwer popped out his guitar, started strumming and the song was born. “My Hart Myne” is about letting go and enjoying yourself after a sudden break up, taking charge of the situation, and starting over.
How different is your new album ‘As Jy Weet Dis Liefde’ from your previous records?
I’ve grown a lot as not only a person but as a musician over the past few years. This album is more “me”. Each song truly resonates with me and I love performing them. It’s a little piece of my heart. I had the opportunity to take part in the writing of this album and I was inclined in almost every decision made. Myself and the Universal team worked so hard (an entire year) on this album and I could not be more thankful and proud.
Your single ‘Braaf’ became a massive hit. What inspired the song?
It’s about having that one person in your heart whether your together or apart that you can always lean upon and when you look into their eyes, it’s like every ounce of fear disappears and you can conquer anything in life. It can also be about confronting the braver you, picking yourself up and moving on in tough situations.
You’ve worked with some pretty incredible people so far. Which local and international artist would you love to work with?
I’ve always been a fan of “old school” legends in music, so if I could I would have loved to do a song with Stevie Nicks, Bob Dylan, Barbra Streisand, Freddy Mercury or even Celine Dion. Local would be with either Jimmy Nevis, Monark, Matthew Mole or Jessie Clegg.
What does the future hold for you?
I have a lot of plans for the future, including entering into the acting world, starting my own business, expanding my brand, learning how to play the piano and hopefully start writing some new songs for the next album!
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