South African artist Laurinda Hofmeyr’s talent as composer and songwriter was acknowledged early on in her life after the music she put to the Afrikaans poems “Ek het `n huisie by die see”, “Kabouterliefde” and “Vir `n pepermossie” had been made popular by the renowned South African singer, Laurika Rauch. She specialises in setting poetry to music and her compositions give new life to the words of Afrikaans poets, such as Sheila Cussons, Antjie Krog, Breyten Breytenbach and N.P. van Wyk Louw.
Since the late 1990s, she has not only been involved in various recording projects but has also produced five solo albums: Perd oor die maan (1999), Ligdag (2003), Reis na die Suide (2008), wat ek wou sê (2015) and Afrique mon désir (2018). Her albums have been nominated for SAMA and Ghoema Awards and Ligdag received a Geraas Award for Best Production.
Her contribution to the arts was acknowledged in 2008 when she received a FAK Award for Exceptional Cultural Achievement.
She is a regular performer at local art and music festivals where she also collaborates with other artists on occasion. These performances have received various awards, such as the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival’s Kanna Awards and WoordTROfee Awards that are awarded to exceptional productions at the Woordfees – a literary and art festival presented by the University of Stellenbosch.
Since 2003 Laurinda has performed, on invitation, numerous times in Belgium and the Netherlands. In 2018 her Album Afrique mon désir and the production of the same name are launched in France.
Her qualifications include a degree in music (BMus.Ed) and an Honours Bachelor’s degree in Piano Didactics that was obtained at the University of Pretoria in 1989 and 1990 respectively.
Laurinda lives with her husband, Jantjie Taljaard, and daughter Joanie in Paarl where she still teaches private piano lessons.