Schmidt Happens

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Fancy some flash fiction, fresh music or plain speech poetry? How about adult fiction or fiction for youth, including children? Corporate entertainment through story and song?

My main avenues of action, these days, are singer-songwriter, story-teller, MC, comedian, entertainment consultant, publicist, promoter, writer, poet, dramatist, facilitator. Or 'complete fool', depending on who you ask.

Feel free to walk through my website - hopping, skipping and jumping are expressly allowed. May the top menu be your guiding light.

I am privileged to grow songs & books of poetry, fiction (for adults & children) towards publication and gigs. As a thoroughbred clown without a circus, I persistently pursue a variety of interests.

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Werner, wearing other jackets & apparel.

(A mini gallery)

About Schmidt

Werner Schmidt (live since '75) grew up in Pretoria, and moved to Bloemfontein during 2002. He writes in English and Afrikaans, and performs his songs & stories in these languages.

Singer-songwriter, story-teller, MC, comedian, entertainment consultant, publicist, promoter, writer, poet, dramatist, facilitator. Or a complete fool, depending on who you ask.

He has worked as accountant, lecturer, bicycle repair guy, auditor, radio DJ (fired after three weeks), waiter, welfare volunteer, primary school story-teller, consultant, financial manager, general manager, miniature golf attendant, corporate communicator, street-side fruit vendor, cashier, internal auditor and live performer.

His first novella, Confessions of an alcoholic's son (2011), was featured in the Vrouekeur magazine, and read by 7 500+ readers. Published as autobiography, at first, he republished the book as adult fiction, during 2014 and 2017, in English and Afrikaans, as 75 Bucks and 75 Rand (Afrikaans). Author of corporate brands and brand stories. Publications due out during 2017 are a novella and novel about Nathan Brown, man under pressure ...

Schmidt wrote an interactive children's play, Flat Anna, the froggie that stood up, in 2012, which he included in a children's activity book (ages 4 to 10 years) and DVD. He published the book in English, Afrikaans (Plat Anna) and Sesotho (Anna Sepatlapatla). The play was accepted for the Free State Arts Festival in 2014, as one of its first tri-lingual productions. Flat Anna's metamorphosis to a children's book will take place during the short to medium term. New children's fiction planned for this period, include a story about a boy, waking up with something strange ...

He published death by design, first volume of plain speech poetry in the cage | stage trilogy, in 2016, with volume two, 29 chinchillas, published during March, 2017, and volume three, the last garden bird, due out by end-of-year, 2017.
The rest of Schmidt's 2017/18 publication program comprises

a novella, introducing Nathan Brown to readers, followed by a novel, in a series about this man under pressure,

two music albums, the first in English and the second in Afrikaans,

two, or maybe three universal children's stories aka children's stories for everyone.

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SeWeZe Music at the upgraded 59 Plenty

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SeWeze Music at the upgraded 59 Plenty

A type of reunion gig…

Thinking back to the very first Live Music Friday at 59 Plenty, June 2016 – lovely, warm hospitality in freezing cold, semi-outdoor conditions. We were still ‘only’ ZeBroz 75, whereas we can now truly say ‘SeWeZe Music at the upgraded 59 Plenty’. However, a start it was, also for our friendship with Chef Patso and his 5 star team. Major upgrades happened recently, testimony to the growing success of Patso’s Cafe Plenty and Gallery on Leviseur – turning the award winning architectural design of 59 Dan Pienaar Drive, Bloemfontein, into a flexible, multi-function venue, all year round!

The very same spot where our singing voices

brought forth plumes of steam,

last year, provided a warm, comfortable entertainment platform, as can be seen in this short video. Last year, we had to squeeze in up to 2 voices, djembe drum, guitar and maracas on a single (MAGIC!) mic. This year, we were met by a multi-line sound system, sufficient for the background, conversational entertainment needs of the night. We started the gig by singing without amplification, from table to table, in the kitchen and reception. Nice to have the opportunity to live our minstrels’ calling and perform through a PA system.

Where we sang for our meals and drinks, last year, we were paid, this time around, with delectable fish and chips plus a bottle of Merlot served, compliments of the chef. Fish and chips, to me, is like chicken’s eggs, you can gauge the quality of a restaurant’s culinary mastery by the quality of their fish and chips and eggs (Cafe Plenty’s Eggs Benedict has been experience by the writer of this piece).


looking forward to our next Live Music Friday in September, 2017, and looking forward to seeing you there!

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for bookings, enquiries etcetera – let us paint your event with Folk Rock, Afro Soul, World Music and minstrel’s magic …

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