Arno Carstens. Picture: Supplied

Arno Carstens sounds as chilled on the phone as he does in most of his songs, his mellow voice fluid and sonorous as he gently answers questions during an interview.

We’re well into our conversation when I ask him about the old days and his journey and where he’s arrived in his life. The former Springbok Nude Girls lead singer, who switches effortlessly from English to Afrikaans in his prolific ballads and rock numbers has been a hit ever since he made his debut round 1994.

It’s not so much that he keeps reinventing himself as that he’s developed well – at the age of 47 he’s like a full-bodied smooth red wine at its peak of enjoyment that’s simply getting better and better.

Countless awards, countless headliner acts for major concerts, an incredible discography and both intimate and big concerts have not given him a bigger head. 

He’s headlined just about every major South African music festival, performed at the Isle of Wight Festival, the amazing Glastonbury fest, V Festival, T in the Park and Hard Rock Calling. He’s toured with The Rolling Stones, U2, REM, INXS, Bryan Ferry, Simple Minds, Ultravox, Paulo Nutini and The Police.