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Vader Abraham - "Papa" Smurf Matt - SRF Radio Musikwelle

Vader Abraham – “Papa” Smurf Matt – SRF Radio Musikwelle


Dutchman Vader Abraham became famous in 1977 as the translator of Smurf Song.

To many, it was actually something like Papa Smurf II: Vader Abraham, who sang wonderfully in unison in chorus with the Smurfs in 1977. To his legendary question “Tell me where are you from?” This is followed by a kind of musical interview with the comedic characters in blue. You will learn all kinds of funny things about Schlumpfhausen and its inhabitants.

Also legendary, of course, are the sharp sounds of the smurfs, which, by the way, was recorded by Vader Abraham himself. Schlumpf’s typical sound came about because the recordings were remixed at different speeds.

Even in English it is smurfed

“T Smurfenlied”, as it was originally called, is based on the animated series “The Smurfs”, which was very popular at the end of the seventies. The melody has been translated into dozens of other languages ​​and achieved worldwide success. “Smurf Song” was also one of the most popular songs in Great Britain. no wonder! Every kid in the world can and can sing instinctively to the catchy La, la, la refrain song.

When the song Smurf was released, Peter Cartner, as Vader Abraham’s real name was, was only 42 years old, but he already had a flowing white beard. Whether this is real or not remains to be seen. Anyway, he could have competed with Santa Claus – and of course even more so with the actual Papa Smurf. With “What will happen, the Smurfs ask” Vader Abraham successfully followed up again, but then the Smurfs disappeared.

The bistro became successful only in German

Vader Abraham has been a star in the Netherlands since the early 1970s. There he had smaller success in 1975 with “In ‘t Kleine café aan de Haven”. Peter Alexander sang the song a year later as “The Little Pub”. His version was the hit single of 1976 in Germany and also reached number one on the Swiss charts.

Also behind Erin Sher’s hit song “Tonight I Have a Headache” was Vader Abraham. While he continued to have post-hit success in the Netherlands until the 1990s, things became quieter about him abroad. However, he was still a welcome guest on many TV shows. He recently retired from the music business. According to his family, Vader Abraham passed away on November 8, 2022 at his home in the Netherlands.