10 Things You Actually Didn\u2019t Know About Kurt Darren. Kurt Darren, also known as big KD, is a popular\u00a0South African Afrikaans singer\u00a0and songwriter who also famed\u00a0as one of the\u00a0most celebrated media personalities\u00a0in South Africa. Having started his music career in 1995, the superstar rose to prominence following the release of his hit album, Meisle Meisle, in 2002. His ability to produce\u00a0music both in Afrikaans and the English language, as well as his electrifying dance steps, have made him one of the most beloved music stars in South Africa. Darren\u2019s talents also extend beyond South Africa as many of his songs have been translated and related in various European countries, including Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, and Belgium, to mention a few. The singer has equally embarked on several music tours that have seen him perform in the United States and the United Kingdom, among others. Asides being a musician, Kurt Darren is also famous for his various stints as an actor, as well as television\/radio presenter. Even though he is such a public figure, little is known about the life of this popular South African celebrity, mostly because he does not like being subjected to the full glare associated with media and its overrated ideas about the life of celebrities. That being said, below are some facts you probably didn\u2019t know about Kurt Darren. 10 Things To Know About Kurt Darren 1. Kurt Darren Was Born And Raised in Pretoria, South Africa The South African music star was born as Kurt Kurt Johan van Heerden on the 19th of February 1970 in Pretoria, South Africa. He spent his formative years in his native Pretoria, where he attended Lyttleton Manor High School, located in the suburb of Pretoria. His father is of Afrikaner descent while his mother is of English origin. This explains why the artist is so fluent in both English and Afrikaans languages. Standing at a height of 1.92m, with a pair of blue eyes, Kurt is said to have inherited his musical talent from his mother, who is a good singer, although she didn\u2019t pursue a career in music. His interest in entertainment began to grow during his days at Lyttleton Manor High, where he was a part of various musicals and school plays. Interestingly, his ability to write and perform his songs with a mix of both Afrikaans and English has made him one of the most outstanding artists in the Rainbow Nation. When he is not making\u00a0music, Darren enjoys fishing, scuba diving, parachuting, reading, and golf. 2. Before His\u00a0Musical Career, Kurt Served in the Military As strange as it may sound, Kurt Darren was at one time an army man. After completing his high school education in the mid-1980s, the music star applied for a position within the military and was accepted. He did his basic military training at Walvisbay military camp and was later posted to the army entertainment unit, where his passion for music was nurtured. Although he toured with the army entertainment unit for one year, Kurt realized that his life long dream is to be a music star. He was greatly discouraged\u00a0at the time, with many saying he can\u2019t make a living out of singing. Consequently, Darren left the military, and afterward, he decided to try his hands at different things. Due to his passion for nature, the singer briefly served as a game warden and tour guide at the Kruger National Park before joining his family\u2019s construction business. However, he later ditched his construction job to focus on his music career. 3. He Started His Music Career in 1995 After leaving the construction industry, Kurt Darren went on to start his music career in 1995. At the initial stages of his career, Darren faced lots of difficulties and was a struggling underground artist for over 7 years before he got his big break in the South African entertainment industry. He sang ballads, motionless on a chair, with a microphone in his hand, and also performed at smaller venues, including corporate functions and bars. The singer also joined a couple of hip hop groups, including Keep Your Day Job and Deep Blue. However, he earned his breakthrough in 2002 with the release of his song \u2018Meisle Meisle.\u2019 This album, which was done in the Afrikaans language, went on to establish him as a household name in South Africa. It sold over 60,00 copies after its release, a big feat at that time. Since his big break, the singer has never looked back since then. 4. The Singer Currently Has Over Twenty\u00a0Musical Albums In the course of his career, which has spanned over two decades and still counting, Kurt Darren has released over twenty albums, including fourteen solo albums. Asides his solo career, the singer has equally done lots of collaboration with other prominent artists in South Africa, some of which include Don Kelly and Marc Brendon. His breakthrough album, Meisle Meisle, which has been certified Double Platinum, was one of the top 3 hits of 2002. It was while recording the album that his path crossed with that of Marc Brendon and Don Kelly. These three have been complementing each others\u2019 songwriting skills since then. Below is a list of Kurt Darren\u2019s albums in the order of their release. \tFor Your Precious Love\u00a0(1995) \tJust When I Needed You Most\u00a0(1997) \tKurt Darren\u00a0(1998) \tSince I Found You\u00a0(2000) \tNet Jy Alleen (2001) \tMeisie Meisie (2002) \tS\u00ea Net Ja (2003) \tStaan Op (2004) \tVat my, maak my joune (2005) \tLekker Lekker (2006) \tVoorwaarts Mars (2007) \t30 Goue Sokkietreffers (2008) \tUit die diepte van my hart (2008) \tSmiling Back At Me (2009) \tDie Beste Medisyne (2009) \tMet Liefde\/With Love (2010) \tOos-Wes Tuis Bes (Deluxe edition, 2010) \tKurt Kaptein se platinum treffers (2011) \tIn jou o\u00eb (2012) \tSeerower (2014) \tLied Vir Die Vrou (2015) \tSal Jy Met My Dans? (2016) \tLaat Die Dansvloer Brand (2017) \t#Partytjiedier (2019) 5. Kurt Darren Has Produced Music in both Afrikaans and English Like we aforementioned, Kurt Darren is fluent in both Afrikaans and the English language. This can be largely attributed to his bilingual upbringing, where his father is of Afrikaans descent and his mother, English origin. His bilingual language skills have helped his music career greatly as it has enabled him to produce music in both languages. Aside from the two languages, Kurt also released an album in Dutch titled \u201cVoor Altijd\u201d in 2013. Below are some of his singles done in Afrikaans. \tMeisie Meisie \tStaan Op \tKom ons Dans In Afrikaans \tKaptein \tAf en af \tLekker Lekke (2007) \tVoorwaarts Mars (2008) \tHemel op Tafelberg (2009) \tDaar Doer in die Donker (2008) \tLoslappie (2009) \tBloubergstrand se sonsak (2010) \tLekkerbekkie (2011) \tHeidi (2012) \tStoomtrein (ft. Snotkop, 2012) \tKom bietjie hier (2012) \tCowboys en crooks (2014) \tDans op die Tafel (2014) \tEk wens vir jou (2015) \tKaalvoet sokkie (2016) \tJy\u2019s \u2018n Legend (2017) \tSelfie Song (with Leah & Snotkop, 2017) 6. He Has Won Several Awards, Including Eight SAMA Awards Since he stepped into the limelight, Kurt Darren has become one of the most beloved hip hop stars in South Africa. His top-notch musical skills have seen him perform on various stages both in South Africa and beyond, garnering lots of awards and award nominations in the process. From 2007 to 2011, the singer\u00a0won 8 South African Music Awards, an astounding feat for any musician. He was considered as the king of South African music during this time. But before then, the singer had already won a few awards. Some of his awards include the following: \tGTM Song of the Year award for \u201cMeisie Meisie\u201d (2003) \tGTM Best Pop Album of the Year award for Staan Op (2005) \tVonk Awards \u2013 Album of the Year Award for Vat my, maak my joune (2006) \tSAMA Awards \u2013 Best Afrikaans Dance Album for Lekker Lekke (2007) \tHuisgenoot Tempo Top Seller of 2006 award (2007) \tSAMA Awards \u2013 Best Dance Sokkie Album for Voorwaarts Mars (2008) \tHuisgenoot Tempo Most Popular Male Artist (2008) \tSAMA Awards \u2013 Best Dance Sokkie Album for Uit die diepte van my hart (2009) \tSAMA Awards \u2013 Best Afrikaans DVD for Treffers Live (2009) \tHuisgenoot Tempo Award for Best Dance Album (2009) \tSAMA Awards \u2013 Best Seller True Tone Download for the song \u201cKaptein\u201d and Best Seller True Tone Full-Length Download for the song \u201cAf en af\u201d (2010) \tHuisgenoot Tempo Award \u2013 Most Popular Sokkie\/Dance Album for Die beste medisyne (2010) \tSAMA Awards \u2013 Best Sokkie\/Dance Album for Die Beste Medisyne (2011) \tSAMA Awards \u2013 Beste Pop Album for Die Danslover Brand (2018) https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/p\/CCrCw_Rn6-H\/?utm_sourceig_embed 7. He Performed at the Nelson Mandela Concert in London This is perhaps one of Kurt Darren\u2019s biggest career accomplishments. In 2008, Kurt Darren received an exclusive invitation to perform at Nelson Mandela\u2019s Benefit Concert in London. The concert, which was held in Hyde Park London on June 27th, 2008, was a tribute in commemoration of Nelson Mandela\u2019s 90th birthday. It came 20 years after the 1988\u00a0Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute Concert\u00a0at\u00a0Wembley, held while Mandela was still in prison. The concert lasted for three and a half hours, with 46,664 people in attendance. It was a big achievement in itself, which saw Kurt performing alongside some of the world\u2019s greatest artists. Also in attendance were Hollywood greats, including Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith, Quincy Jones, Lewis Hamilton, and June Sarpong, among others.\u00a0According to the singer, it was indeed the highlight of his career and a very big privilege. 8. Asides music, Kurt Darren is Also An Actor and Television Star Kurt is a clear example of someone endowed with special skills. Beyond his musical exploits, the singer has also tried his hands at acting and has appeared in a few movies so far. His first movie appearance was in 2010 when he played minor roles in three movies, including Liefling, The Race-ist, and Susanna van Biljon. The following year, he was seen in\u00a0Ek lief jou.\u00a0Darren also made a cameo appearance in the soapie Egoli: Place of Gold. The singer has also done a great job as a media personality. He previously served as the anchor of a weekly TV show, Jukebox, from 2006 to 2011. The video request show was aired on the exclusively Afrikaans TV network, KykNet. It was also broadcast live on special radio stations. 9. Kurt Darren Has Been Married To Dunay Nortj\u00e9 Since 2011 Kurt Darren married the South African supermodel, Dunay Nortj\u00e9, on 8 January 2011. This came as a shock to many because Darren was considered as a player and had at one time had a steamy relationship with another South African model, Minkey Van Der Westhuizen, that turned sour. Kurt\u2019s wife, Dunay, is a South African supermodel and a psychology degree holder. The couple first met several years ago, and a few years later, they tied the knot on January 8, 2011. After their wedding, the couple welcomed their first child, a baby girl named Kyrah in November 2014. Their second child, a son named Kade, was born two years later, on March 30, 2016. https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/p\/BuBTk-SnKsz\/?utm_sourceig_embed 10. Did You Know He Has Survived Accident A Few Times Before? In July 2013, Kurt sustained serious injuries after being involved in a car crash on his way home after watching a rugby game. In the same car was his secretary and agent, Marnus Bisschoff, who both suffered serious injuries. After they were airlifted to the hospital, it was later discovered that Kurt Darren had 11 broken ribs and serious injury to his head. A few weeks later, the singer was discharged, and a few months down the line, he resumed his musical tour in the UK and United States. That wasn\u2019t the only time Kurt has survived an accident. During a birthday party, which was held on his farm, Kurt Darren escaped a helicopter crash. The helicopter was carrying guests who were on a sightseeing trip but developed some mechanical problems and crash-landed a few meters from Darren\u2019s house. Luckily, the helicopter didn\u2019t burst into flames. Aside from these accidents, Daren has equally had other health issues. In the 1980s, Kurt, who was a chain smoker since his army days, disclosed that he had developed sinusitis: an impaired capacity to taste and smell due to heavy smoking. However, in a remarkable turn of events, the singer publicly quit smoking in 1996.