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Arno started working with the SAMA winner Dan Roberts in June 2013, on a project to record a greatest hits album. The intention was to re-write and record acoustically driven, orchestral versions of some of Arno’s most popular career tracks, both as a solo artist and as the frontman for SNG.

Two months later, they emerged from studio with something completely different.

As Dan says: "Arno would come into the studio and we'd be set up for Another Universe or something and then he'd have this idea from the night before... So we'd digress and by lunch time have a brand new song going. Arno is an artist in the real sense of the word, prolific, experimental and lyrically very strong.”

‘Lightning Prevails’ boasts a seductive departure from the comfortable and familiar Arno Carstens sound. There are the same thought provoking, profound lyrics and melodies that soak into the skin, but this time the marriage of organic sound and electronic beats are made lusher, with a big brass section and the powerful backing vocals of Jamali’s Mariechan.

“The album is almost entirely made up of new songs, and completely inspired by my musical history, past and present” says Carstens. “We decided to keep Bubblegum on the album, the version we recorded worked very well with the new songs and I added two covers, which are so vastly different from the originals. ACDC’s Highway to Hell was such a big part of my musical influence growing up and Sam and Dave’s Hold On (I’m Coming) was Dan’s idea and I love where the track took me. When I went into the studio, my intention was to make an album of old hits for the fans that come to my acoustic shows, but what fate had in mind took us all by surprise.”

Lightning Prevails is an album about the unstoppable power of love and creation.

A Great New Sound

A refreshing new approach from Carstens. Horns, minimal production, duets .. he's a clever artist who never seems ready to quieten down.

World Class Musician

Don’t expect anything like previous Arno stuff. The music is varied with the feel of the album changing throughout - although most of it reminds me of Van Morrison and later day Waterboys (never thought I would say that of Arno). Flipping awesome to listen to.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Rock singer Arno Carstens first came to the public's attention as the lead singer of the volatile indie rock outfit the Springbok Nude Girls. Formed in Stellenbosch, South Africa, in the mid-'90s, the Nudies -- as fans affectionately referred to them -- found quick success around South Africa with their often experimental and genre-bending mix of alt-rock, punk, ska, jazz, and metal. After going on an extended break in 2001, Carstens launched a solo career and his debut album, The Hello Goodbye Boys,...
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