She can't read a note of music, has no formal singing training, except for school choirs, church and the great echo in the bathroom of her parents' home. She studied drama at the University of Pretoria and graduated with a BA Drama degree in 1978. She was appointed to the Cape Provincial Arts Board's (Capab) main company and starred in "Kinkels innie kabel" and "Die Wonderwerk". The lead in a Franz Marx movie "Pasgetroud", whisked her into the freelance world in 1979, which took her from theatre to film, television, cabaret, TV presenter, radio disc jockey and writer. Her cabaret at the Oude Libertas in Stellenbosch in 1986 caused outrage when she gave the black power salute after singing about the cruelty of the passlaws. Since then, she has often been called "Amandla" Strydom in the press. Soon after this incident she was almost emotionally crippled with bipolar depression, about which she later wrote a play, "In Full Flight".
The play has been hailed by critics as a "revelation". After an abscence of three years from her entertainment career, Amanda returned to the stage in 1992 by writing and staging her own shows with great success and to wide critical acclaim. Her compilation album, "Ek loop die pad, 20 jaar", was released in 2000 and celebrates 20 years of Amanda's life in songs. SInce 2007 Amanda is working successfully on her career in The Netherlands and Belgium. Her first release in Europe was Briewe Uit Die Suide, an album with a selection of her finest songs to introduce her. Additional a duet was recorded with Stef Bos especially for this album: My Kamer. This song got much attention and was high on the airplay listsings. In 2008 Strydom released a new album, Kerse Teen Die Donker.
This album was released in her home country as well as in the Benelux countries. The Benelux edition had two live tracks recorded during her theatre tour earlier that same year. It also had a rerecorded track Die Liggie she released 15 years earlier in South Africa on the album Vrou By Die Spieel. In the autumn of 2009 she has a Dutch national tour in support of her latest album.
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