Born in Worcester in 1951, he matriculated at Worcester Boys High School and received a bursary to study textile design at Leeds University , UK where he graduated with an Honours degree in 1974.
He began his music career as a singer/songwriter, performing at folk clubs and campus concerts across South Africa in the mid 1970’s, singing satrirical songs.
Releasing his first album BAKGAT! in 1980, which was immediately banned in its entirety by the SABC because of it’s political satire, the use of coarse language and the mixing of languages. David pioneered the use of Cape Afrikaans and South African English in his lyrics, sometimes switching between the languages in the same song. He focused on small town South Africa and employed a gritty realism and dark satire to tell his stories and describe his characters.
David Kramer In his stage performances he portrayed himself as a rural everyman who travelled the dusty roads of small town South Africa with an old bicycle and a cheap guitar. He sang in the Boland patois of his youth and told stories and sang songs in both English and Afrikaans.
He rocketed into the public eye with a number 1 hit, BLOKKIES JOUBERT a portrait of a has-been Springbok rugby player, closely followed by another huge Top Ten hit, ROYAL HOTEL. Many hits were to follow. MONTAGU, BOGGEM EN VOERTSEK, BUDGIE, MATCHBOX FULL OF DIAMONDS, DRUK MY VAS, STOKSIELALLEEN, HANNE, MEISIE SONNER SOKKIES and the hugely popular SO LONG SKIPSKOP which tells the story of forced removals from a fishing village in the Cape. Most of his album releases have gone gold and the six musicals he has written along with Taliep Petersen since 1986 have all been enormous box office successes.
He received a GMT Lifelong Achievement Award in 2005 for his contribution to Afrikaans music. He has also been honoured by SARRAL (South African Recording Artists Assoc. Ltd) and entered in their Composers Hall of Fame. He received a GMT Lifelong Achievement Award in 2005 for his contribution to Afrikaans music. In December 2007 David was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Cape Town.
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