The electro-pop band that is Die Heuwels Fantasties is a prime accolade of South African talent.
The bearded boys from Bellville released their self-titled debut album in March 2009 which features contributions from established stars of the music scene such as Francois Van Coke (Fokofpolisiekar and Van Coke Kartel), Laudo Liebenberg (aKING), Adriaan Brand (Springbok Nude Girls), Neil Basson (Foto na Dans) and Jack Parow. The band members, Hunter Kennedy, Pierre Grieff and Johnny de Ridder write uplifting and often nostalgic songs, reflecting on growing up in South Africa and the trials and tribulations met on the path to their success.
Regular performers at most popular venues and festivals such as Rock the River, Oppikoppie and Kirstenbosch, Die Heuwels Fantasties were the opening act for the internationally acclaimed Kings of Leon, and shared the stage with South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma at the Union Building on Freedom Day.
Die Heuwels Fantasties can be accredited for expanding the fan base of Afrikaans pop/rock music to where we find it today. In 2011 they swept the board of the MK Awards. And not only has Die Heuwels given the South African music industry a facelift, but they have triggered a new fashion fad, where grunge meets geometrical patterning and illuminating colour. In 2011 the trio also went on to make history with their second album Wilder As Die Wildtuin when they became the first ever Afrikaans rock group to reach Number 1 on SABC’s Top 20 top seller chart.
“The Heuwels Fantasties cleaned the place out by scooping all four of the awards for which they were nominated, including Best Group” Read our review on the 2011 MK Awards