Helena Hettema 21 +

Award-winning cabaret artist, singer, songwriter and actress, Helena Hettema launches her new album “21 plus (2017)” on stage, at the Atterbury Theatre on 16 September 2017. The performance will celebrate 22 years since her first CD “Fool’s Gold” was launched to critical acclaim by the then JNS. The title track features her former band “Golden Fleece” with Alwyn van Heerden (piano) Lindsay Liebenberg (bass guitar), Hennie van Jaarsveld (guitar) and Paul Greyling (drums). A video of this song about the poverty in evidence in the streets of Egoli was made and aired by SABC 2 as well as “Touch of Green” with seSotho, isiXhosa, English and Afrikaans words, and about conserving the planet.

Double French album of “Spirit of Piaf and other French Legends (2015)

Double French album of “Spirit of Piaf and other French Legends”

Rooiwynliefde (2012)

2. Bonnie And Clyde 3. Rooiwynliefde 5. In Die Hoeveld 6. Seasons Of The Heart 7. Quasi Quasi Blu 10. Citizen 12. Die Trein Het Jou Kom Haal 14. Sonkring

Alive - DVD (2010)

It is 2010 and by chance also the year in which Helena will release her tenth CD and first DVD – “Helena Hettema Alive”. The DVD and bonus CD will be available countrywide by the middle of May. Accompanying Helena, multi-award winner (SABC 2 Geraas Best Female Vocalist, PE Herald Showtime Award, SAMA nominee and Vonk Award) and one of South Africa’s top cabaret artists in this tour de force are her brilliant pianist André Wessels and talented double bassist, Nippy Cripwell. This atmospheric DVD comprising 30 of Helena’s top favourites performed countrywide over the years, was recorded and shot with a live audience at the Centurion Theatre. Some of her legendary renditions of French songs are on the DVD such as “La vie en rose”, “L’Accordèoniste”, “Non, je ne regrette rien” and”Cent mille chansons” , “Et maintenant” as well as “She”, Brel favourites, “Mariek” and “Port of Amsterdam”. Contemporary favourites such as Leonard Cohen’s “Dance me to the end of love” and songs of Albinoni and Marianne Faithful are also featured. Some of Helena’s hits such as “Tolbos in die wind” and “Divided Heart” are also there as well as a new composition, “Goodbye to the living”. Old South African favourites such as “Mannetjies Roux” and “Sprokie vir ‘n stadskind” , “Toemaar, die donker man” are among the items as well as a new nostalgic song, “Rooiwynliefde” with lyrics by Marianne Venter and music by Christa Steyn and given to Helena to perform. The DVD also includes a touch of jazz. Helena who is multilingual sings in English, Afrikaans, French and Italian on this DVD, produced by Helena Hettema Productions and distributed by Jaco - (017) 634-2788. Her main sponsor is Rademeyer’s and Nikao Studios carried out the post-production editing.. And then just a little cherry on the top of the DVD will be Helena’s visit to Turkey to perform at a private function in the middle of July.

Spirit of Piaf and songs from other French Legends (2007)

"Spirit of Piaf and songs from other French Legends" This is a CD I have always wanted to make. Since the age of six I have been entranced by Piaf’s music and at the age of 18 wrote for her.

Divas Divine (2006)

Winner of the GMT SABC 2 Award for the Best Solo Female Vocalist 2005, Helena Hettema who earlier this year also received The Herald Showtime Award for the best cabaret in 2004 for “Divided Heart” at The Barn Opera House, Port Elizabeth, is bringing her latest cabaret “Divas Divine” to this year’s National Arts Festival.

Divided Heart (2004)

"Divided Heart" is a truly South African CD featuring original songs from young and seasoned South African singer/songwriters in both English and Afrikaans yet with a totally new-world, atmospheric, modern music sound - Africa meets Europe meets Asia - with exotic rhythms yet sophisticated arrangements and instruments ranging from the Australian didgeridoo, Indian tablas and sitar to the potbelly drum...

The Bridge (2002)

We have taken "The Bridge" literally and figuratively to venues and theatres countrywide (the whole metal structure too) and to three festivals (Karoo, Hadeda - Tzaneenfees, Kalahari Kuierfees - Upington) and finally we bring it to you, since you asked for it.

Dreaming (2000)

CD also featuring Magaliesberg Children's Choir on some cuts and Jan Hettema, her racing driver father on "I'm just a gigolo".

Helena Hettema Highlights (1998)

A compilation CD of the best of Fool's Gold and Jasmine Lament. CD Nominated for South African Music Award (SAMA - Best Afrikaanse Kontemporêre CD 1999). Music Video "Skadudans" made by Geraas

Jasmine Lament (1997)

Quintin Pendle (arrangemets, pianist and harmonies), Alwyn van Heerden (pianist) en Helena Hettema (vocalist, composer and harmonies)

Fools Gold (1995)

13 out of 15 cuts Hettema Originals. Arrangements Quintin Pendle. Titel snit geskryf terwyl Helena in Italie was om optetree by twee feeste -1996.


Sonkring was ‘n baanbrekerliedjie vir my naby die begin van my sangloopbaan. Ek het alreeds in 1989 op my eerste plaat gesing as lid van Anton Goosen se Kommissie van Ondersoek saam met Lucas Maree, Karlien van Niekerk en Anton.