Bacchus Nel is a blind Afrikaans poet and song-writer. He’s a former part-time insurance salesman from Standerton in Mpumalanga. He was involved in a motor vehicle accident (in which he lost his sight) when he was 21 years old. To find a release from his raw emotions he started playing guitar and soon produced a special kind of magic with words and song. Bacchus’ talent was eventually spotted by Piet Botha and Lanie van der Walt (who assisted him in completing his debut album entitled In die Arms van die Nag (meaning “In the Arms of the Night” in English). Bacchus Nel is definitely one of my favorite Afrikaans artists.
If I recall correctly I first saw him perform in 2004. He played one of the most memorable gigs at Oppikoppi 2005 Wired at the old acoustic stage near the main Oppikoppi bar on the hill (in my opinion). Over the years he’s played multiple Oppikoppi festivals and a few STRAB festivals (in Mozambique). I had the honor of seeing Bacchus Nel performing live as part of the line-up for Krazy 4 Kripples in November 2010 at the hang gliding club between Brits and Hartebeespoort in the North West province. It was one of the best Bacchus Nel performances I’ve seen to date. The highlight of this performance was Bachhus Nel’s performance of a mellowed out 10 minute version of his song “Oppieplaas”. I snapped this photo of Bacchus Nel and his band performing on the evening. This photo has been selected as the Daily Cool Photo on Running Wolf’s Rant for the 10th of January 2011.
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