The song describing the sad, dark side of Jozi.

Johannes Kerkorrel was a well-known South African singer – songwriter. During the Apartheid years he used his music to to demonstate his opposition to the politics of the day.

One of his famous songs was “Gee jou hart vir Hillbrow” (Give your heart to Hillbow).

Hillbrow is a suburb in the CBD of Johannesburg.

In the song he painted the dark world of drug addicts in Jozi. The scenes may upset sensitive viewers.

Johannesburg. City of dreams and shattered dreams.

He died much too early on November 12, 2002. He committed suicide.

“Sundays in the city…”
Arts on Main
Michael and Nick for GTA

For the moment that is all about Johannesburg, the city of joy, gold, poverty, and humanity.

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3 Responses to The song describing the sad, dark side of Jozi.

  1. Patricia Govers-Tesch says:

    How very sad and touching Lodie. A beautiful song, with pictures that make me want to embrace each and every soul in it. Thank you for this sharing and love from us, Patricia and Bernd

  2. Kuni Ditira says:

    I stayed in Hillbrow from 1990 to 1995.

    I hear it has deteriorated.

    • Lodie says:

      Hi Kuni!

      Yes there was a period after 1994 where things were just left to go down the drain, but then started the provincial and local government started with various projects to stop the rot. Although far from perfect one must compliment them on the fact that especially young professionals are coming back to the CBD. Manhattan-style apartments are very popular and expensive.

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