Simeon Hamman is about to take the Afrikaans market by storm and whilst this exciting, young artist may be new to the market, the market is not new to him. Growing up in a very creative family, Simeon started his journey in the music industry at the tender age of 3 alongside his mother and mentor, Sonja Herholdt.
With the release of his debut album middle 2012, Simeon, at 27, has already commissioned two of the album tracks to the film ‘Ordinary People’ that was released in April. This incredible touching film tells the story of how the lives of a few South African families were impacted and radically changed by Angus Buchan’s crusades.
Simeon’s unique voice cherished by young and old kids alike developed into an incredible adult voice skilfully combined in guitar driven Arikaans and English songs written by Simeon himself and inspired by a combination of life experiences.
Shortly after completing high school, Simeon left for Europe and spent two years working and performing in London before coming home to complete his studies at The South African Music Institute. Not only did this International sabbatical provide him with incredible opportunities, the highlight of which was opening for Bryan Adams in 2008 at the Excel Centre in London, but it also allowed him to develop his own musical identity. Simeon put together a side band project from his solo career, called Color Up – a classic corporate band that plays a combination of jazz, blues, swing and contemporary pop songs and have performed at various corporate functions, weddings and restaurants over the past few years, including Monte Casino, Lido Hotel and Katzy’s.
Simeon’s debut album is a mix of songs, primarily written for the Afrikaans music scene, which includes a few surprises with two duets, a beautiful cover song and even a rather cheeky rap song. The entire album is wonderfully produced and arranged, thanks in part to producer Verny Scholtz, and is a tribute to the talent of this young artist.
Simeon’s popularity has already started to grow as a result of the emotive duet ‘Ons Vlieg Saam’, that he performed with his mother on her latest album, Pêrels and which has led to numerous performances at various shows, festivals and media appearances such as Glitterati in 2010.
We are looking forward to see this incredible talented artist win over the hearts of this nation and we are proud to be working with him! With his boy-next-door look, amazing personality and impeccable musicianship, Simeon is sure to leave deep footsteps in the hearts of all Afrikaners in the years to come and leave a legacy, just like his mother.