Jan Rhaap and Juan Boucher show appreciation and love for our continent with new single!

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The very talented musician and songwriter, Jan Rhaap, is back with a new single and music video featuring his good friend, Juan Boucher.  

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With this song and video they show appreciation and love for our continent and all the unique and beautiful experiences it has to offer. 

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AFRIKA is a pop-rock balad, written by Jan Rhaap and tells the story of someone who longs to spend time in Africa. The beautiful song’s melody was written by Juan Boucher and is bound to resonate with South Africans who love being outdoors and like to spend time in nature. Jan Rhaap believes AFRIKA is the perfect song to listen to whilst chilling around a camp fire.

 

I met this guy one evening at one of my shows in Kuruman and he later became a good friend. He invited us home for a drink with him and his family. We walked into this beautiful lapa that made us feel like we were somewhere in Africa. We chatted about how he loves touring into Africa with his family and then he said, "Actually I am a child of Africa", and that’s how the idea for this song was planted. I wrote the song the next day when I arrived back home at my farm”.

says Jan Rhaap.

This song is very dear to Jan Rhaap, because he sees himself as a “child of Africa” and can relate to the lyrics as he spends a lot of time in the veld on his farm. 

The music video for AFRIKA was shot in the Kalahari with some scenes just outside of Hotazel, while the scene where they are just chilling was shot in the same lapa they chilled that night in Kuruman. The story and concept behind the video is about two friends spending time together in Africa, showing love and appreciation for the veld. At the same time they are writing a “love letter” for Africa. The video was directed and produced by Wian van der Walt from Vonk Musiek.

Since both me and Juan have a love for the veld, we wanted to keep it simple and just tell the beautiful story. I hope this song makes people realize how privileged we are to live in Africa, with her beautiful nature”,

he says.

It was an amazing experience. I also met one of Werner’s friends and we had such a great time. We shot the video on the most beautiful setting in the Kalahari. I cannot wait to share this video and story with everyone”,  

says Juan Boucher. 

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This is the second song and music video collab for Jan Rhaap and Juan Boucher, with their first being "Huisie in die bos". They have always hoped that they would find the right song for another collaboration.

I stayed with Juan Boucher whilst recording my album, "Elmboog na bo". The last evening that we finilized my album, I told him about this song that I wrote and that I didn’t have a melody yet. He then mentioned that he has a melody which he could not find the right lyrics for. Our lyrics and melody was a perfect match without us even having to change anything”,

says Jan Rhaap.

The single AFRIKA is available on Jan Rhaap’s albumElmboog na bo.

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