Arno Carstens is a renowned South African singer-songwriter and artist who has significantly influenced the rock music scene in his home country.
Born in 1972, his journey as a musician began in the 1990s when he served as the lead vocalist for the alternative rock band, Springbok Nude Girls. Throughout the late ’90s and early 2000s, the band released multiple albums, which were critically acclaimed and widely popular in the South African rock scene.
Arno embarked on his solo career in 2005, demonstrating his unique approach to music that combines rock, pop and alternative influences with a distinctly South African touch. His debut solo album, Another Universe, quickly became a platinum-selling hit. Since then, he has released several more albums, which have consistently performed well and garnered him numerous awards, including multiple South African Music Awards (SAMAs) for Best Rock Album.
In addition to his music career, he is also a recognised fine artist. His work, often featuring surreal and dream-like imagery, has been exhibited in galleries throughout South Africa. His multifaceted artistic talent further cements his position as a unique figure in the South African entertainment industry.
Arno is an influential figure, not just in the realm of music, but also in the South African cultural scene as a whole, thanks to his distinctive voice, his powerful lyrical narratives, and his vibrant artwork.