Daughter of poet Ingrid Jonker fights to keep mom's legacy alive through music

It is more than 50 years since the death of Ingrid Jonker, but her work continues to move and inspire South Africans.

Ingrid Jonker is South Africa’s most acclaimed poet who wrote in Afrikaans originally. Later her poems were translated into other languages.

Most famously, Nelson Mandela read her poem 'The Child', in Afrikaans at South Africa's first democratic inaugural State of the nation parliamentary address in 1994.

Simone Jonker, Ingrid’s daughter has initiated a project that will reignite her mother’s legacy and introduce her work to a new generation, through a double CD compilation.

It is going to be a double CD compilation of 36 different Jonker poems, set to music and interpreted by a variety of local and international bands.

CapeTalk’s Pippa Hudson speaks to Simone about her mother’s memories and Die Kind Is Nog Jonger compilation album.

Listen to the full conversation below:

With the help of Ernesto, my husband - Sound Action and Flamedrop Productions, we have managed to reach the target and more (reached its target of $4500 last week through crowd funding campaign).

Simone Jonker, daughter of SA's most acclaimed poet Ingrid Jonker,

It’s a wonderful way to way to keep the legacy of my mother alive through the arts, different mediums and music. It is a wonderful way to spread her message and poetry to a wider audience through different musicians

Simone Jonker, daughter of SA's most acclaimed poet Ingrid Jonker,

Yes I love what the artists have done and I really appreciate what they did with my mother’s poems.

Simone Jonker, daughter of SA's most acclaimed poet Ingrid Jonker,

We looking at end of May for the release

Simone Jonker, daughter of SA's most acclaimed poet Ingrid Jonker,

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