Running at a total of 48 minutes and thirteen songs, the Jürgen von Wechmar produced offering is rather adequate. The order of the tracks evenly dispersed and emotions are kept at a constant high. That is of course if you can boogie and open your heart to a good Afrikaans blues-folk jam.
Once more they’ve nailed their biggest achievement: getting it right to make Afrikaans music that isn’t Fokof or Die Heuwels, but just straight forward rock that’s not dosed with Dozi cheese or Koos Kombuis weird. Only Zinkplaat can balance that fine line that is quintessentially Zinkplaat.
First track (Retrospekulasie) is a kicker laced with irony and nostalgia:
“Kom ons begin met ‘n paar gewyde woorde / julle weet mos ons hou van min akkoorde.”
“Let’s being with a few sacred words / because you know we don’t like that many chords.”
Would you look at that, they’re talking directly to their fans in a sentimental tone and manage to crack a joke – because we mos know each other. Oh the Afrikaans, they really have a way to warm the cockles of your heart with their hospitality.
But not all is the same. During the last little kuier with Zinkplaat we have our sad moments. Track 4 (E-ding) is an honest crooner that drags the world down:
“En as ek vrek en ek vrot hier / op aarde skop sand op / my graf met ‘n tekkie / doen dit as bewys van jou liefde vir my.”
“And if I die and decay here / kick the sand up / onto my grave with your shoe / do it as proof of your love to me.”
Like the Japanese would say of their language, its sounds better in its mother tongue. The greatest consumer benefit here is that you know these ouens aren’t here for the money or the fame. They’re calling it quits and saying goo-bye without the ‘d’. Only the elusive romantic reality of a cult status still remains. But seriously, if you managed to make it as band for a decade in a fickle and apathetic music industry that’s dived into favourites like SABC 1, 2 and 3, then you’ve done something.
Let’s not spoil the rest. This classic will show its flavour with age. We salute you Zinkplaat – dit was nou wragtag lekker. Totsiens.
Buy Zinkplaat Retrospekulasie here.