Bakgat! 2 nabs Brit singer


International singing sensation Simon Schofield will sing the love theme in the local movie Bakgat! 2

The local film producers of the Afrikaans teenage comedy, The Film Factory, recently secured the British singer Simon Schofield to record the love theme of the movie, due for nationwide release in SA in September 2010.

Bakgat! was a runaway local movie success in 2008 and based on audience demand it was decided to produce a sequel. All the characters of the first movie will be back with Wimpie up to his usual tricks. But the group of young friends are now no longer at school but at university.

Following the incredible success of the involvement of music in Bakgat! the sequel will once again include top South African music with bands like SAMA winners Heuwels Fantasties. eF-eL, Glaskas, Straatligkinders amongst others. But the producers say Schofield will add a whole new exciting dimension and heightened awareness to the much anticipated sound track of the film.

The love theme was written especially for the movie by its composer Benjamin Willem. Entitled “You’, it tells the powerful story of the loss of love and this love theme will once again play a pivotal role in the movie.

Says Willem “I submerged myself into the mindset of losing someone closest to me (my daughter). While the lyrics might be a little ambiguous, it’s all about how difficult it would be to live without that special someone and how a specific song or a picture of her would remind me of all that she is and how I would desperately cling to that and probably live in denial, struggling to move forward.’

Since the song was written a number of months ago, the stumbling block has been to find the right voice for this song. But when one of the executive producers of Bakgat 2, CA van Aswegen heard Schofield sing with The Twelve Tenors in Johannesburg in February, he knew the search was over.

As it happened Schofield had fallen for South Africa and was looking for an opportunity to return to the country. He was more than happy to agree to sing  the love song.

At 26, Schofield’s CV includes many “roles of a lifetime’ —  playing Peter Pan at 9 years old, the coveted role of Gavroche in Les Miserables at 10 and making his West End debut in the lead role of Oliver before he was in his teens.

Since the age of 17, Simon has been touring internationally non-stop, travelling to countries like Norway, Holland, Sweden, Denmark, Dubai, UK, Venice, Monte Carlo, Portugal, Canada, USA and most recently New Zealand, Turkey and South Africa.


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