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Sonja Herholdt


Sonja Herholdt is an Afrikaner singer-songwriter and actress. Her breakthrough came when she did a spot on Gwynneth Ashley Robin's show and was soon asked to record Ek Verlang Na Jou The single went gold in South Africa, selling over 25 000 copies.
Her subsequent albums and singles earned her similar critical and commercial success. She went on to win a total of eight Sarie awards. In the 1970s and 1980s she was frequently the best-selling female artist in South Africa. In 1979 she finally fulfilled her ambition to act by starring in Sing vir die Harlekyn, and winning a Rapport Oscar-Award as Best Female Newcomer. She later enjoyed music success in Europe, she holds the distinction of being the first ever South African singer to be invited to perform in the Netherlands on their local Television. She recorded her song Oberammergau in Dutch and it became a hit in the Dutch charts. She also performed in Belgium, pushing Oberammergau into fifth place in the Belgian charts. In 1989 she performed at the Religious Broadcasting Corporation in Washington, coinciding with the release of her gospel album, The Warrior is a Child. In 1991, she received an award from the Afrikaans Chamber of Commerce for her services to Afrikaans music. In 1995, she signed an album contract with BMG Records, enjoying success with the title track of her new BMG compilation, Skipskop. Her 1998 album Ritsel in die Riebtos did not meet critical and commercial expectations. But she rebounded with the critically acclaimed 2000 album, Reconstructing Alice. In 2002 she developed her own record company, Son Music and released Sonjare, a nostalgic retrospective of her original hits.

Sonja Herholdt has published photos.