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THE BEGINNING

ab_biography05AB and his friend, Ampie du Preez released the motivational song “Show Them Who You Are” at the end of 2008. This song became the anthem of the Proteas’ rise to victory against Australia, and is AB’s chosen song for the 2009/10 season when he walks out to bat for his country.

You can purchase the song at their online store at Arkade.

In addition to providing the amazing vocals, both AB and Ampie have written the songs for their upcoming album and play the guitar. They spent some time on AB’s parents’ farm near Bela-Bela writing songs for the album. AB started writing songs in matric and one of these songs, about his school love, may be featured on the CD. “No, she didn’t break my heart, I did the heartbreaking – something that I’m not proud of,” he says.

AB learnt to play the guitar in Grade 5 and takes it with him whenever he’s on tour with the Proteas. He also takes his songwriting and singing seriously saying, “It has always been my dream to make and record music. And we’re not merely dabbling in it – we’ve decided that our CD can’t be anything but great.”

THE DEBUT ALBUM – “MAAK JOU DROME WAAR”

AB and Ampie - Maak Jou Drome Waar Album CoverAB and Ampie are signed to the Sony BMG label and their debut album, “Maak Jou Drome Waar” (which means, “Make Your Dreams Come True”) will be released on August 2, 2010. Release dates for other countries have yet to be confirmed, and we are still awaiting confirmation as to whether the album will be available for download. The album consists mainly of power ballads with a “follow-your-dreams” theme; and love songs. There are 14 songs – 9 in Afrikaans and 5 in English.

The album was recorded over a few months (to accomodate AB’s hectic cricket playing schedule) earlier in the year and was produced by their friend and well-known producer, Murray Lubbe, who Ampie describes as a “genius”. You can see the guys working on their music at AB’s Official Site as AB gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the recording process.

Their first music video from the album, which is also the title track, Maak Jou Drome Waar was released in April 2010 online on YouTube. AB has confirmed that the second single to be released on the album will be in English (following the debut single and title track, Maak Jou Drome Waar, in Afrikaans).

AB and Ampie are planning to do a few concerts during cricket’s slow season from July to October. AB’s favourite song on the album is one that he and Ampie wrote in honour of the inspirational Nelson Mandela, called “Madibaland”.

Track listing for Maak Jou Drome Waar

  1. Maak Jou Drome Waar (1st single and video)
  2. Lift
  3. Forgiveness feat. Snotkop (2nd single)
  4. Madibaland
  5. Deel Van My (3rd single)
  6. Misunderstood (1st English single)
  7. Hoor Jy My
  8. Stronger
  9. Sprokie Vir Jou
  10. Valentyn
  11. Onthou Jy
  12. Show Them Who You Are
  13. Asem In
  14. Madibaland (Acoustic)

Info from sticksports.com

It’s no secret that sports and music are a perfect match. You only need be at a big sporting event to know how important a stadium-sized tune is to getting hearts racing and setting the scene for the action unfolding on the field.

But it’s not often that the person creating that power-packed sports action is the same person behind the mic – until now. The release of debut album ‘Maak Jou Drome Waar’ by AB de Villiers and Ampie du Preez is a first for a top-drawer South African cricketer – and will come as a brilliant treat to those who have tracked the career of the prodigiously talented top-order batsman.

Of course, De Villiers is quick to pay tribute to his “team-mate” in creating “Maak Jou Drome Waar”.

“Ampie’s an amazing partner to work with and a brilliant musician,” the cricketer-turned-musician says of his longtime friend and creative comrade-in-arms on the 14-track offering.

Ampie du Preez – who has gained a reputation as a formidable musician through his work with bands like ‘n Man Soos Jan – is as full of praise for his partner on “Maak Jou Drome Waar”.

“AB is as fearless with his music as he is on the cricket pitch,” Du Preez reveals.

Both De Villiers and Du Preez are proud South Africans – and alongside the songs of young crushes (the nostalgic “Onthou Jy”) and early love (“Valentyn”) comes “Madibaland”, a moving, thoughtful and delicately-rendered tribute to former President Nelson Mandela. The song appears twice on “Maak Jou Drome Waar” – an original and an acoustic version. It’s an indication of how important Madiba is to two young Afrikaners who are fully engaged with the heart of the democratic South Africa – and, in De Villier’s case, stands as a role-model to young South Africans of all backgrounds.

“We hoped to make an album that was first and foremost great entertainment for music fans,” says Du Preez. “But,” adds De Villiers, “we also wanted the album to uplift, inspire and unite everyone in the spirit of Madiba.”

Indeed. With “Maak Jou Drome Waar”, these creative talents have done just that – proving once and for all that sports and music can combine in the most potent way.

BUY AND DOWNLOAD “MAAK JOU DROME WAAR”

Maak Jou Drome Waar on CD is available only in South Africa. For fans who are not in South Africa, you can still access AB and Ampie’s new album online!