About Silwer

“Il Divo, eat your heart out – these stars of SA’s Got Talent have captivated audiences with their angelic voices.”  You magazine


SILWER consists of the brothers Willem and Louis.

Their great success in 2009’s SA’s Got Talent started a new exciting chapter in their singing career.

These former staff members of the Stellenbosch University (lecturer and IT guy) excelled as part of the final episode of that season of SA’s Got Talent, where a rumoured ten million people watched them sing. Their success had great media interest as a result, with articles in You/Huisgenoot  and newspapers, radio interviews, as well as a Top Billing feature. They’ve also been on Fiesta (2011) and radio stations (amongts others, Radio Sonder Grense (RSG) & Fine Music Radio) has recently started playing music from their first album, “Dream of Me” (released December 2011). Their CD was reviewed in Vrouekeur with the words: ‘Impressive indeed!’

Willem van der Merwe

Willem received some training at the University of Stellenbosch Conservatorium. Following this he pursued a more academic career and studied Information Science and Psychology. From 2003 onwards he was a lecturer in Sosio-Informatical computer studies at the University of Stellenbosch. His most exciting singing experience during these years was to perform in an International Guinness Beer advertisement.

Louis van der Merwe

Louis was a student at the University of Cape Town’s Opera School before he changed to the University of Stellenbosch to study everything from philosophy to French, around economics, and back to political science. He then taught computer literacy, and became involved with the IT department. He thoroughly enjoyed the teaching and academia.

Willem is seven years older than Louis, even though people sometimes mistakenly guess it the other way around. The brothers have been close since forever, and when they were on the long quiet road in middle of the desert in Namibia on a family holiday, sitting in the back of their father’s old bakkie, singing together just happened. They haven’t looked back since. Through the years Willem and Louis continued living out and developing their passion by singing at concerts, events and a myriad of other occasions. They have been singing as SILWER since 2010, as has always been their dream.

SILWER has been performing at various venues and occasions, ranging from weddings and concerts, retirement villages, churches, theatres, corporate functions and restaurants, to music festivals like the KKNK and events like the Cavendish Square Festive Music Series, V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre Summer Concerts, the Nederburg Wine Auction and FIFA World Cup.

Willem now lives and performs in North America, and Louis lives in Stellenbosch.