The group, Touch of Class, with Deon van der Merwe and Ronell Erasmus, was formed in 1985 and featured originally as the backing band for Anneli van Rooyen, Manuel Escorcio and Andre Schwartz.
Their album, “Ek en my Meisie”, was released in 1992 and shot up to gold status with more than 25 000 copies sold before reaching platinum status two years later! This was followed by a number of albums which reached gold status, with “Bamboesbos” and “Moenie worrie nie” being among them. Ronell’s gospel albums also did exceptionally well with two of them reaching double platinum status! (80 000 units)
Deon’s solo instrumental albums went the same route with four of them, “Treffers van die Shadows”, “Crying Guitar”, “Kitaarboogie” and “Huldeblyk aan Ricardo Bornman” reaching gold status. Deon was also awarded a SAMA award for the tribute album and to date Touch of Class have released an amazing 19 albums!
After 23 years Ronell decided to focus on her gospel career and in this time the group was joined by the dynamic singer, Ruhan du Toit. Up to date Ruhan has been involved in 11 albums with Touch of Class with a variety of genres, from Demis Roussos, Joe Dolan and Gé Korsten covers on “Salute The Legends” to “Koffiefontein”, “Groep 2”, “Stukkie van der Merwe 1 & 2” and more!
Now during April 2016 they are releasing their new double album, titled 100 Duisend Perde!
The first single from the album, Ek Steek My Hand Op, will also be submitted to radio stations in this period.
CD1 consists of nineteen original songs and CD2 has fourteen cover versions of well -known hits including three medleys.
The song 100 Duisend Perde is a patriotic song written by Michael de Lange and is sure to touch every South African’s heart! Ek Steek My Hand Op, written by Arri Opperman, talks to the soul while songs like Roep Die Waardheid , written by Pierre Rossouw and R.S.A., touches the subject of loving thy neighbour and more.
CD1 is filled with deep and meaningful music and Ruhan sings them from the heart! In between there are also lighter songs and a few dance numbers which will satisfy all Touch of Class fans.
CD2 consists of a variety of cover songs for which their fans have come to know and love them! Some of these areBeautiful Noise, Sweet Caroline, Heart and many more, all done with the distinct sound and quality for which this group is known.
The message of this album: “We are proud of our heritage, language, philosophy of life and norms!”
|CD 1||CD 2|
|100 Duisend Perde||Neil Diamond keurspel|
|Jou glimlag||Sweet Caroline|
|Sal jy my stem kan hoor||Solitary man|
|Ek steek my hand op||Shilo|
|Grondpad||I’m a believer|
|Dit is nooit te laat||Heart|
|Om ons liefde weg te gee||Grassade in die wind|
|Heroes of yesterday||CCR keurspel|
|Roep die waarheid||Hey tonight|
|Wagwoord||Have you ever seen the rain|
|Net vir jou||Proud Mary|
|Old school liefde||Midnight special|
|Liefdesbeker||Up and around the bend|
|Give me your love (Duet met Tanya Vilancé)||Afrikaanse keurspel|
|Wat jou hart in kan glo (Duet met Jasmyn)||Beautiful in Beaufort-Wes|
|Briefie in ‘n bottel||Skipskop|
|Sal ek jou ooit weer sien||Koue vuur|
|Life is life|
|Bed of roses|
|Dance with me|
|The living years|
|Will you be there|
|The blowers daughter|
|Sound of silence|
Distribution – Coleske Artists.