Wit Kasteel! – Drops New Single & Music Video

Wit Kasteel! - Drops New Single & Music Video
Wit Kasteel! – Drops New Single & Music Video


Rock group Wit Kasteel’s first single, a unique rendition of Laurika Rauch’s Die Nostalgie, made big waves in the music industry when it was released in 2015. It topped the charts of Groot FM and Suidkaap FM for several weeks and the music video has had thousands of hits on YouTube. This, as well as a Ghoema nomination for Best Rock Album (Wit Kasteel) in 2015, has laid a solid foundation for their second single, TOEGEWYD, and upcoming album to build on TOEGEWYD was created with the help of Muse Studios’s Hugo Ludik. “The song is about difficult times in life.

The single, which can be described as commercial rock, has a catchy tune and will appeal to fans of all ages. According to the group, this song is exactly what the public needs at this point in time. “We feel that the song has an important message, especially in ourcurrent situation. We have all felt uncertain about the future and have faced
various difficulties in our lives. But we kept our chins up and continued to work hard to reach our goals.” TOEGEWYD is also the first release from their second album which will be available later this year. The music video will be released at the end of June.

Wit Kasteel is a Pretoria-based music group, consisting of Clemond Dartnall (lead vocalist and guitarist), Ernst Nieuwoudt (lead guitarist), Reinard Kruger (bassist and back-up vocalist) and Waldemar Behr (drummer). The group was founded by Clemond and Jurie Schoeman in 2011 because Clemond felt that he did not really fit in the corporate
industry. Neither of them could play the guitar, but bought instruments and a sound system and started practising.

According to Waldemar, the group was named after the iconic building in Erasmuskloof, the Spookhuis (Erasmus Kasteel): “We met at Reinard’s house to decide on a name for the band. There were several suggestions, but we were unsure. His brother had a Volkswagen Beetle that he sold that day and we wanted to drive the car one last time. All four of us were in the car and started talking about band names again. As we spoke, someone saw the castle logo on Volkswagen’s steering wheel. We took that as a sign and immediately decided on Wit Kasteel.”



Clemond Gregory Dartnall is the group’s lead singer and rhythm guitarist and describes himself as a normal family man. His mother grew up in a musical home and he believes he inherited his love for golden oldies from her, while his father taught him to listen to music with a different ear.





Ernst Nieuwoudt is Wit Kasteel’s lead guitarist. He moved from Paarl to Pretoria for work and that is how his path crossed with the rest of the group. Currently, he works at companies that develop and sell ERP systems but reveals that he grew up in a very musical home.

Reinard Kruger is a bassist and backing vocalist from Pretoria, who draws inspiration from other people’s stories for his own songs. Music has always been one of his great passions and he believes that it is something that has to be felt.

Drummer and singer, Waldemar Behr, grew up in Pretoria and reveals that his music career officially started in the church’s band. Although he initially played the tuba (for which he received SA colours twice as part of the Best Concert Orchestra), he decided to take on drums when his friends wanted to start a band at school. Currently, he
works for an IT company and shares that he feels much more comfortable behind the scenes than in the spotlight.

The group still has many plans and dreams for the future, which includes more live performances and an overseas tour. They would also like to collaborate with Fokofpolisiekar and to perform at Afrikaans is Grootsomeday. “We feel that we are bringing a very unique sound to the market.

We enjoy playing classic rock music because it tells the best stories and we want to share the best stories with our listeners,”

TOEGEWYD has a fresh and unique sound and is a good indication of what can be expected of Wit Kasteel’s upcoming album. It also marks the start of a very promising chapter in this talented group’s music career.


Waldemar Behr

1. Favourite TAKEAWAYS?
Mehak Indian Restaurant, their Butter chicken with garlic naan.

2. One thing you would like to see in your future wife?
Honesty, probably the most important thing in a relationship.

3. What do you do most during Lockdown?
Funny enough, I’m working. In between the band, my daily work, there’s not enough time to get to everything. I’m very thankful that I’ve been able to work during the lockdown.

Ernst Nieuwoudt

1. Favorite TAKEAWAYS?
Pizza Perfect.

2. One thing you would like to see in your future wife?
A good set of values.

3. What do you do most during Lockdown?
Working, luckily I’m able to work from home during the lockdown.

Reinard Krüger

1. Favorite TAKEAWAYS?

2. One thing you would like to see in your future wife?
Loyalty- Support

3. What do you do most during Lockdown?
Watching  “Forensic Files” on Netflix and playing PlayStation with my wife.

Clemond Dartnall

1. Favourite TAKEAWAYS?
I love a small piece of pizza, it’s perfect with a lot of garlic and also McDonald’s with a lot of jalapeno sauce.

2. One thing you would like to see in your future wife?
Well, every person differs from the other person. But I always look at the person’s hands, feet, eyes, heart, and personality. My wife has all of these qualities.

3. What do you do most during Lockdown?
I’m spending time with my family, play a lot of x-box and I’m doing things around the house.


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Christo Golden is a young driven presenter, master of ceremonies & brand ambassador who has been in the entertainment industry since 2017. At just 20 years old, Christo pursues his dreams and has been seen at various festivals and functions as MC. He is also working on his own TV show on Via DSTV Channel 147. He believes that nothing is impossible with his heavenly Father by his side, together with his talents.

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