It’s 7 days before 10 of South Africa’s most talented performers set Carnival City’s stage on fire with a massive 3 hour rock ‘n roll show in aid of the Vrede Foundation. The Vrede Foundation – founded by Herman Pretorius, who lost his battle to cancer eight days before his 30th birthday in 2009 – is dedicated to raising awareness, early detection, as well as funds for young South Africans with cancer. Blood Brothers recorded a heartfelt song in Afrikaans, English and Xhosa, Ek Sweer op my Lewe (I swear on my life) to raise more funds for the Vrede Foundation and as a keepsake for those who can’t make it to the concert. This gripping single can be purchased from iTunes, Bandcamp and Google Play Store.

Herman’s brother, Henré Pretorius, coordinated and co-directed the music video for Ek Sweer op my Lewe, to whet fans appetites for the Blood Brothers’ epic show at Carnival City on 9 September 2016.

Directors – Henre Pretorius & Johan Beukes; Director of Photography – Johan Beukes; Post Production – ThirdWorld Media; Camera Assistant – Jamie O’Brian; Styling and Make Up – Yolandi Herbst; Studios & Lighting supplied by Media Film Services; Cameras supplied by ThirdWorld Media

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Ek Sweer op my lewe (I swear on my life) was written, recorded and mixed by George van der Spuy (Taxi Violence & Crawling King Snake) and Nicolai Roos at Kill City Blues. “We gave the Blood Brothers a basic template which involved each band member’s contribution. Each member put their own feel and stamp on the parts they recorded,” says George.

George van der Spuy explains the story behind the song: “Too many people have lost friends and family to cancer so the song is mainly about missing those people and how if you had one more chance to see them, you would tell them you love them and hold them close to you one more time.”

Hunter Kennedy (Fokofpolisiekar & Die Heuwels Fantasties) and Zolani Mahola (Freshlyground) co-wrote the lyrics with George. Hunter co-produced the track with George and Nic at Kill City Blues.


Winter byt die lug
Sy klou aan my gesig
gesels met jou gees
sing in tale vir die skaduwees
Zihlwele zam hambani nam
Sodibana kweliny’ ical
Zihlwele zam hambani nam
Kuded’ ubumnyama
Kuvel’ ukukhanya

Ek sweer op my lewe
As jy nog met ons was
Sou ek jou gehou het
styf teen my bors vas

Jou gehoor in die populiere
Jou geroep by die vlei
Ry al die hele dag rond
Sal die heel nag wakker bly

Bang ek vergeet hoe jy lyk
Ten minste is jy nou vry

Cross my heart hope not to die
I’ll see you on the other side


Zolani’s lyrics translated:
Walk with me, my ancestral hosts
We will meet on the other side
Walk with me, my ancestral hosts
May the darkness fade and the light appear

Afrikaans translated:
Winter bites the air
she claws at my face
conversations with your spirit
singing tongues for the shadows
I swear on my life
if you were still with us
I would embrace you
hold you to my chest
Heard you in the cottonwood trees
called for you at the lake
been driving the whole day
stay awake the whole night
I’m scared to forget what you look like
At least you’re free now