Sheer Publishing would like to send our sincere condolences to the family and friends of “Bunny” Ashley-Botha. Ashley-Botha passed away this past Saturday the 6th of December. Bunny as he was fondly known was a long time choir Director for the Drakensburg Boys Choir.
Christian Ashley-Botha was born in 1941 in Mossel Bay. His parents nicknamed him ‘Bunny’, a name he is still called today. Members of the Drakensberg Boys Choir School (DBCS), whose lives he has influenced musically and otherwise, refer to him as ‘the maestro’. He was awarded ‘The Order of Mendi for Bravery in Bronze’ for his outstanding contribution in the field of choral music by the South African Presidency. Ashley-Botha has played a pivotal role in the musical development of notable musicians, including the Bala brothers, Zwai, Loyiso and Phelo; and the late Deon van der Walt.
From all of us at the Sheer Family, we say Hamba Kahle to the Maestro, may your soul rest in peace.