Die Campbells

Based: Gauteng

The brothers Harry and Tony Campbell were both born in Cape Town. Their English speaking father, Harry Campbell Senior, taught his sons to play various musical instruments and provided them with musical inspiration at a young age.
The Campbell’s mother, Sandra, was raised in Pretoria in an Afrikaans home. Sandra encouraged her sons to be fully bilingual.

Like most children the Campbells attended governmentschools. Harry matriculated in 1993 and when on to study Motor Mechanics and Electrician Work.
Tony matriculated in 1994 and then obtained a National Diploma in Electrical Engineering.
Many school bands and friendships were formed during high school, however after high school the Campbells soon realised that it would only be the two of them that would put the effort in to go all the way.

During their tertiary education the Campbells decided to start up a recording studio. At this stage Harry was a gifted guitarist and Tony played drums, keyboards and was the lead vocalist in the group. Every year the Campbells improved musically and performed more often and to bigger audiences.

During 1999 the brothers met Kosie van Niekerk the owner of Select Music. Kosie asked if they would record material for his record label and the Campbells agreed. In 2000 Kosie proceeded to sign the Campbells as artists with Select music and released their debut album “You’re My Mate” during 2001. Immediately there was talk about the new young South African cowboys. The Campbells appealed to both the English and Afrikaans markets and decided to write and produce a few Afrikaans songs. Their second album “Rooi Rok Bokkie” was an instant hit and in 2002 the Campbells became a house hold name.

Many albums and DVD’s later the Campbells have established themselves as South Africa’s favourite duo and they have sold more than 500 000 units. Songs like Bietjie Bietjie Lam, Vat My Vas, Sewe Soene, Mamma Maria and Rooi Rok Bokkie will always be remembered.

The Campbells have also performed in Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Australia.
Their future is filled with ideas and plans they celebrate there 10th professional year in 2010.

The Campbells won the 2010 SAMA with their album Mamma Maria for the Best Sokkie Dans Album.This well deserved award cements there place within the South African music industry and is only the start of many great things that are still to come.

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