SUIKERBOSSIE (EK WIL JOU HE)

Latest update on 05/07/2019

Artist: Orkes Malan & sy Kerels
Author: Fred Michel
Label: Columbia
Year: 1933

The author (a barber from Cape Town) and his band, with Frankie and/or Pierre Malan, credited for musical arrangement. The heirs of Fred Michel contacted the same lawyer who won the court case against Disney regarding the rights to The Lion Sleeps Tonight written by poor black South African Solomon Linda, who just like Fred Michel, didn't live long enough to enjoy the fruits of the claim. See: Mbube. All this while the melody of Suikerbossie should have been credited to Malaisian and Indonesian slaves in the first place. Popular as marching song among South African soldiers during WW II.

Covers:

1936:

Dawid De Lange [South African singer selling quart a million copies (on Gallotone)]

1946:

Jozef Marais [for Decca as Sugarbush]

1952:

Marais & Miranda [Jozef and his Dutch girlfriend; in medley with Dutch well-known En We Gaan Nog Niet Naar Huis-tune]

1952:

Bob Davidse

1952:

Eve Boswell [as Sugarbush; her signature tune and a career alternating between England and South-Africa]

1952:

Doris Day & Frankie Laine [idem, top 10 US & UK, including the En We Gaan Nog Niet Naar Huis-medley]

1952:

Stargazers [idem]

1953:

Annie Cordy [as La Petite Marie (see there)]

1977:

Bert Kaempfert [as Sugarbush]

1995:

Ron Brandsteder

1999:

NĂ¡dine [South African hit]

2001:

Stef Bos [in Dutch]

Suikerbossie is a flower growing at the foot of Table Mountain (Protea repens), since 1976 the official national flower of South Africa. Here it is used as a pet name.

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