The songs of Bill Knight are borne of the wind and the Karoo sky. South African in their soul and language, they speak of the desolate places and the joll.
An authentic and enduring voice of the South African folk tradition, Bill Knight has kept an unwavering path through the years and stayed true to the notion that a singer with an acoustic guitar can be enough. In Bill’s music the British folk of Bert Jansch and the dustbowl songs of Woody Guthrie go into a bredie where Amaswazi Emvelo can rub shoulders with Tony Bird.
Born in Lobatse, Botswana, the first music Bill heard was the songs from the musicals of the day sung by his mother, and the sounds of Radio Bantu, which Bill absorbed in equal quantities.
Encouraged by Carl Raubenheimer to start writing songs when they were at Rhodes together, he was drawn to folk music. He played in a variety of folk rock bands with artists such as Richard Tait, Caroline Blundell, Seymour Howe, Chris Davidson along the way aside to his solo work.
He has released albums of both English and Afrikaans songs that seem to inhabit the same territory. The voices of the dispossessed, the jollers and the outcasts. Part one of a retrospective, “Blink of an eye” available across all platforms via Shoreline Songs/Next.