Kamahl is one of Australia’s most recognised and respected entertainers. The man with the smooth and graceful voice has sold over 10 million albums throughout his 45 year international career perhaps best known for “The Elephant Song”.
His first album was A Voice to Remember, which was released in Australia in October 1967. He has released singles and albums in the United States, Canada, Britain, New Zealand, South America, India, Singapore, Malaysia and Germany (the last in German, as well as in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Scandinavia.
In 1975, his single, “The Elephant Song” (composed and produced by Hans van Hemert) hit the number one spot on the Dutch Top 40, the Nationale Hitparade and the Belgian BRT Top 30. This song was part of the soundtrack of a World Wildlife Fund TV documentary.
He has been in the Australian music industry for over fifty years, and throughout that time has made some memorable TV and film appearances, as well as concerts. He was one of the first people to appear in concert at the Sydney Opera House. He was a particularly popular guest on the variety show Hey Hey It’s Saturday. In 2004 he appeared at the Big Day Out rock festival, and the year before he had cameos in the Australian films HarvieKrumpet and Fat Pizza. He collaborated with the Wiggles for some of their performances, showing his inter-generational appeal.
He has received numerous awards and honours including the Order of Australia 1994, Australian Father of the Year 1998, Australian Centenary Medal by Queen Elizabeth and the ‘Our Entertainers of the 20th Century’ in May 2006. Organised by the Variety Club of Australia, the top entertainers of the century included Kylie Minogue, Dame Joan Sutherland, Jack Thompson and Graham Kennedy.
Kamahl is a true Australian Musical Icon - One of the great male voices of the 20th century!