Rian Malan

Describing Rian Malan as “the prophet of our times” and “a one-man cultural revolution” Koos Kombuis in a review on the online journal Litnet said the songs on this album were likely to force Afrikaners to “question everything we thought we knew about ourselves.”

Rian Malan - Alien InboorlingRian Malan’s works have been published in 14 languages. Literary figures ranging from Don de Lillo to John le Carre have described him as a writer of awesome power. He has worked as a farm labourer, ridden freight trains across America, created screenplays for Mel Brooks and Mick Jagger, served as a staff writer on Esquire and Rolling Stone magazines and in recent years, generated controversy by questioning the accuracy of African Aids estimates and launching a crusade against the American owners of `The Lion Sleeps Tonight,’ a legendary pop song that originated in the brain of forgotten Zulu singer Solomon Linda.

Alien Inboorling is his first venture into what he calls “Boeremusiek”. A self-taught musician who had barely touched a guitar since leaving high school, Malan raised eyebrows earlier this year when eight or so of his songs turned up on Stoomradio, the debut album from Radio Kalahari Orkes…

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Rian Malan on the internet
1. Wikipedia entry
2. Article by James Whyle
3. Interview in The Observer
4. “My Traitor’s Heart” on Amazon