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’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.

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