The Afrikaans gospel singer and songwriter, Piet Smit, was honored on Wednesday by the Federation of Afrikaans Cultural Associations (FAK) by unveiling a brand new song board with some of his lyrics in the Song Garden.
The lyrics of Piet’s well-known “Victory Song” now appear on the 51st song board that has found its home in the Liedjietuin.
The unveiling took place during a special Easter service in the Liedjietuin, which was attended by the staff of the overall Culture Home, which includes all the various organizations on the Voortrekker Monument site.
“I still can’t believe it. I have no words,” said an emotional Piet during the unveiling.
“I feel like I’m floating about six inches above the ground. It’s something I never in my wildest dreams thought would happen.”
Dr. Danie Langner, managing director of the FAK, says: “This song inspires Christians to live with hope and to look beyond the problems and the immense challenges we are experiencing to the kingdom that is coming.”
Piet wrote the Afrikaans lyrics for the “Oorwinningslied” in 1994. The song has since become one of the most loved songs sung especially at Easter time.
Rev. Cassie Aucamp, the head of the Voortrekker Monument’s board of directors, said that it was a special way to celebrate a song board unveiling.
“It is absolutely wonderful to know that the FAK strives to promote who we are as African people. It’s fantastic that there is such an organization and to be part of it,” Piet concluded.
The FAK Liedjietuin, which already celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, is open to the public and this open-air music museum is a home for Afrikaans music and the arts.
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