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  • Rapport Vonk Afrikaanse Musiek Toekenning winner 2010:
    Best Crossover Album: Rock it ! Vol 1
  • Huisgenoot Tempo Toekenning winner 2006:
    Best Rock Band
  • Presenter of the TV program: Restaurante Toe       (ASTV)
  • Presenter of the TV program: Kos vir die Siel       (Kruiskyk)
  • Presenter of the TV program: Food for Thought (TBN)

A drummer that sings?  Strange, but true!  Ghapi is the huge man, with the huge voice and huge hairdo that plays up a storm on his huge drum kit!

In January 2005 Ghapi was introduced to the public.  Ghapi and his three piece band quickly won the reputation as the new Afrikaans rock sensation.  Ghapi’s unique ability to communicate with the audience and the way in which he involves the audience in his performances, places him in a league of his own.

Ghapi has already had four number one hits:  In die Diepkant In, Ek wil jou hê, Dis net jy and Wie ek is . . ..  Ghapi’s I like it reached the number five position on the Kovsie FM charts.  The song Wens reached number six on the OFM charts and Dis net jy number eight on the Bay FM charts.

With thirty one years of experience, Ghapi is no newcomer to the music industry.  Most people got to know Ghapi between 1989 and 2004 as the singer and drummer for the group Georgia.

Ghapi’ s first CD, In die Diepkant In, was launched during KKNK 2005.  A variety of the songs on this CD are played on radio stations countrywide and even a German radio station deemed it fitting to add some of the songs to their play list.  Six of Ghapi’s music videos are currently broadcast on MK89 and kykNET.  His first DVD, also titled In Die Diepkant In was released in March 2007,the CD, Wie Ek Is… was released 28 June 2008, and the latest CD,   Rock it ! was released 1 July 2009. Ghapi also features on the Naranjo album, Saints & Sinners (released 2010), as well as, Steyn & Ghapi, Unlimited (released 2011).Ghapi III, his first Gospel album was released July 2013.

The name Ghapi is derived from Philip’s nickname, Guppy.  As a baby he was a real busy body and his father named him after the lively little fish.  “My name must be as authentic as my hair, and what could be better than my own nickname.  I adapted the spelling in such a way that it forms a unique word.”

Since Sunday, 26 August 2006, Ghapi’s name regularly appeared in the media.  Ghapi wrote and composed the song Idol which was performed by the winner of the Idols competition, Dewald Louw.

During April and May 2010, Ghapi toured through South Africa with “The Queen of Rockstar Supernova, Dilana”. Dilana was so impressed with Ghapi’s energetic performance, that she invited him with his entire band to perform with her in Afghanistan during August 2010.

Ghapi is not only a singer, writer, composer and drummer of note, but also manages his own record company, Rock Till You Drop Records.  All the above mentioned products were released by his company.


Ghapi’s career kicked off in 1983 as a member of the family group, Love Corporation.  In 1989 the brothers decided to break away and the group, Georgia, was formed.  Georgia rapidly won the reputation of one of South Africa’s most versatile bands.  They were not only famous for their outstanding public performances, but were also held in high regard as individual session musicians.

Since 1989, as a member of Georgia, Ghapi has performed at a variety of night clubs and holiday resorts:

Chillers Randburg
Natchez Pretoria
The Workshop Bloemfontein
Roxy’s Melville
Varsity Blues Bloemfontein
Sun International Carousel & Sun City
Bourbon Street Potchefstroom
Cocomo’s Theatre Klerksdorp
Star Studio’s Sheraton Hotel,  Pretoria
Boston Tea Party Pretoria
Firkin Pretoria


UP  (Tuks) Rag, Spring Day and Hostel functions
RAU Rag, Spring Day and Hostel functions
PUK Rag, Spring Day and Hostel functions

Corporate functions:

Express Photo
Namibia Breweries Limited
GEM Events Marketing
Mercedes Benz
Sun International
Christian Dior  (Goodman Brothers)
Guinness Book of World Records  (Great 400)

Biker Rallies:

The Warthog Rally
The Knight’s Rally
Steel Wings Harley Davidson Club
Black Steer Rally  2002 / 2003 / 2004
Black Stallion Rally  2002 / 2003 / 2004
Annual South African Toy Run  2000 / 2001 / 2002


Conrad’s Dream Benefit Fund  (Johannesburg,  Uvongo,  Estcourt,  Centurion
FARMSA Pretoria
Stars for Charity
Transoranje School for the Deaf

During the 1996 National Summer Surf Tour Georgia, the Lemmings, Amersham and Mean Mr. Mustard tour all over South Africa.

In October 1997, Georgia signs a three month contract with Sun International to perform in Trader’s Horn, Sun City.  The contract is extended to April 1999.

During this time the David’s Confession, About Time project was recorded in collaboration with co-musician and friend, Mel Botes.  The project is launched as a theatre production.  A three month national tour in support of the album followed.  (David’s Confession hereafter referred to as D/C)

The two brothers return to the club scene during July 1999 as Georgia.  They performed between five and six times a week at different venues like:

Caesar’s Casino
The Workshop
Boston Tea Party
The Carousel

Their popularity resulted in regular performances at music festivals, corporate functions and private functions.

Georgia took the Afrikaans market by surprise with their first Afrikaans CD, “Langpad”  followed by “Half”  two years later.  They had resounding success with their performances at the following festivals:

Aardklop  2000 / 2001 / 2002 / 2003 / 2004
KKNK  2001 / 2002 / 2003 / 2004
Sonskyn Festival  2002
Gariep Festival 2002 / 2003
Opening of Skouspel  2002 / 2003
Vredendal Rittel Festival  2003
Upington Show 2003
Grahamstown Festival 2004
Kookpunt Festival 2004
Biltong Festival 2003
Zoutpansberg Show 2003
Bank Windhoek Festival 2003

Available products:

1990 LP Georgia Self titled Trio Records
1996 EP Georgia Sell Out Gallo
1999 CD David’s Confession About Time Pri – Media
2001 CD Georgia Langpad Rock Till You Drop Records
2003 CD Georgia Half Rock Till You Drop Records

Session work:

William Blackrose
Laurika Rauch
Top Sport
Gladiator CD
Shell, Road to Fame
Kellogg’s Theme
Karla du Plessis
Steyn and Elvira Fourie

Performances worth mentioning and performances as guest artists:

1997 The Carousel New Year’s Party Georgia
1997 / 8 Carols by Candlelight,  Sun City Georgia
1998 Hootie and the Blowfish D/C
1998 Anna Vici D/C
1998 Kora Awards                             (All African music awards) D/C
1998 Rumba in the Jungle,  Sun City D/C
1998 Sun City New Year’s Party,  Superbowl D/C
1999 Sun City Millennium Bash,    Valley of the Waves Individual performances by Andries, Ghapi, Georgia and D/C
2002 Guinness Book of World Records  (Great 400) Georgia
2003 Afskop festival at KKNK Georgia
2004 Springbok Bar  (UK) Georgia

David’s Confession performances attended by:

Michael Jackson
Sarah Brightman
Michael Flatley  (Lord of the Dance)

Georgia performs as backing band for the following artists:

Patricia Lewis Gene Rockwell Tommy Oliver
Lance James Ken Mullen Sally Vaughn
Tommy Dell Clive Bruce Jody Wayne
Bobby Angle Al Debbo Barbara Ray

Geraas Musiek Toekennings 2003

Winners of Best live band/performance
Finalists for Best duo/group

SAFFAFFAIR Festival 2004

Georgia was invited to perform at the SAFFAFFAIR Festival, Earls Court, London, on 29 and 30 May 2004.  Unfortunately, the festival was cancelled at the last minute, but Georgia did perform at the Springbok Bar, Covent Garden, London, UK.

Golden Web Award

Georgia receives a Golden Web Award for the best website in their category.

KANNA Awards – KKNK 2004

Georgia is nominated as the best contemporary group for their performance in the Ons Eet Steeds Kreef production that was presented and sponsored by Rooi Rose.

GHAPI:  January 2005 – to date

TOP 20 Hits

Number 1 In die diepkant in Valley FM
Number 1 Ek wil jou hê Radio Laeveld
Number 1 Dis net jy Radio Laeveld
Number 1 Wie ek is . . . Radio Laeveld
Number 5 I like it Kovsie FM
Number 6 Wens OFM
Number 8 Dis net jy Bay FM

Session work

Gerrie Pretorius DVD (Amore) Drums
Nicholis Louw DVD/CD Drums
Gerrie Pretorius CD/DVD  (Swing) Vocals/Duet
Deon van der Merwe DVD Percussion
Juanita du Plessis DVD Drums/Vocals
Dewald Louw             (Idol winner) Reality programme/CD Drums/Backing vocalist
Idols Reality programme Duet with Valeska
Valeska (Idols Top 7) Music video for MK89 Voice/Duet
Anna Davel CD Voice/Duet
Gerrie Pretorius DVD (Bles) Drums
Compilation              Hande van Hoop CD / DVD Drums
Steve Booysen             My Musical Boardroom CD Vocals
Loof Hom Innibos 2010 / 2011 DVD Vocals and drums

Ghapi was also seen at:

PUK Rag  2005 / 2008 Potchefstroom
Kuruman Show 2005 Kuruman
Geelstert Festival 2005 / 2007 Struisbaai
Whoosh Festival 2005 Worcester
KKNK 2005 / 2006 / 2007 / 2008 / 2009 Oudtshoorn
Round Table 2005 / 2006 / 2007 / 2008 South Africa
Super 12 Rugby 2005 Securicor Loftus
Secunda Show 2005 Secunda
Innibos Arts Festival 2005 / 2006 / 2007 / 2008 / 2009 / 2010 / 2011 / 2012 / 2013 Nelspruit
Volksblad Arts Festival 2005 / 2007 Bloemfontein
Calvinia Hantam Vleis Festival 2005 Calvinia
Gariep Arts Festival 2005 Kimberley
Two Sharps 2005 kykNET
Aardklop 2005 / 2006 / 2007 / 2008 / 2009 / 2010 / 2011 / 2012 / 2013 Potchefstroom
Dis hoe dit is met Steve 2005 / 2006 / 2007 / 2008 kykNET
Matzikama Rittel Festival 2005 / 2007 Vredendal
Stokkiesdraai Festival 2005 Wellington
Dis hoe dit is met Steve with Blackie Swart and Manie Bodenstein 2005 kykNET
Gons 2005 / 2006 MK89
Opskop op Loskop 2006 / 2007 Aventura Loskop
Garnaal Festival 2005 / 2006 Komatipoort
Want Ons Kan Concert 2006 / 2007 Bellville
Malmesbury MOL Festival 2006 / 2007 Malmesbury
Idols Top 7  2006 kykNET
Idols Top 5  2006 kykNET
Idols Finalè  2006 kykNET
Kalahari Kuier Festival  2006 / 2007 Upington
Noot vir Noot 2007 / 2009 / 2010 / 2011 / 2012 SABC 2
Liriekeraai 2007 kykNET
Glitterati 2007 / 2008 / 2009 / 2010 kykNET
Vonk Afrikaanse Musiek Toekennings 2008 / 2009 /2010 JHB
Pasella SABC 2
Vryfees 2012 Bloemfontein
Africa Bike Week 2009 / 2010 / 2011 / 2012 Margate

Awards and Nominations