Leeuloop with Robbie Wessels at the Big Top
Enigmatic South African performer, Robbie Wessels, unleashes his biggest hits, live on stage at Carnival City this month.
Fans can sing and foot-stomp along to his most popular songs at the Mardi Gras Theatre on May 25, 2018. Catch Robbie Wessels as he revives on stage songs like “Hou vas jou matras”; “Waar lê jy vanaand?”; “Verbode vrugte”; “Leeuloop”; “Asseblief my lief”; “The coach’s speech” and “All Blacks vs All Blacks”. Tickets are R150 per person at Computicket.
Wessels is one-of-a-kind, with a special ability to make people laugh as well as encourage deeper thinking. Humour is definitely one of his strong points and it is this combined with his more soulful side that makes him one of South Africa’s most endearing artists.
He was born in the Free State where he grew up on a farm near Kroonstad. He matriculated in the Western Cape at Hoërskool Strand and got his diploma in Drama at Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria, Gauteng.
In 2002, he became known as the character Poena in the popular TV series Gauteng alêng-alêng. In 2005 he surprised the country with his talent as a singer and songwriter with the album My Vissermanvriend se Pa. This album has sold 120,000 copies. In the same year, he won the Huisgenoot Tempo Award as the favourite newcomer and in 2006, he released his second album Halley se Komeet. The massive hit song “Leeuloop” was used by Vodacom for their advertising campaign and suddenly the whole country knew who Robbie Wessels was. He has since released three other albums.
Wessels’ songs are all original and written from personal experiences. On his journey through life, he has met many interesting people that contributed to all the stories that he tells with so much compassion through his music.
“I’m a quiet guy who loves my country, my family and a glass of red wine every now and then. Afrikaans music is one of my passions and I hope I can make a contribution through my music. It is a pleasure to perform for the country and its people,” he says.