Kurt Johan van Heerden (born 19 February 1970), better known as Kurt Darren, is a South African singer, songwriter, and television presenter, who won seven South African Music Awards (SAMA) from 2007 to 2011. He has also appeared in a number of South African films.
His debut was with the album For Your Precious Love released in 1995. From 2006 to 2011, Darren was the presenter of the popular South African show Jukebox broadcast on kykNET. During the programme, callers would have the opportunity to request and dedicate music videos of their choice. SMS (text) messages would also roll in during the program. The program was broadcast live on various radio stations as well on Sunday evenings.
Darren married South African model Dunay Nortjé on 8 January 2011. They have a daughter, Kyrah, and a son, Kade.
On 7 July 2013, Darren suffered serious injuries as a result of a car accident on his way home after watching a rugby match. His agent Marnus Bisschoff and his secretary were also seriously injured. All were airlifted urgently to hospital, where tests showed Darren had 11 broken ribs and serious injuries to his head. He was released after weeks of treatment. Many of his scheduled concerts had to be canceled. He returned to active life months later with a rescheduled gig dates and a tour in US and Europe beginning in 2014.
In 2009 Kurt Darren set a new record for “bokdrol ver spoeg” a traditional South African sport at church carnivals.
- 1995: For Your Precious Love
- 1997: Just When I Needed You Most
- 1998: Kurt Darren
- 2000: Since I Found You
- 2001: Net Jy Alleen
- 2002: Meisie Meisie
- 2003: Sê Net Ja
- 2004: Staan Op
- 2005: Vat my, maak my joune
- 2006: Lekker Lekker
- 2007: Voorwaarts Mars
- 2008: 30 Goue Sokkietreffers
- 2008: Uit die diepte van my hart
- 2009: Smiling Back At Me
- 2009: Die Beste Medisyne
- 2010: Met Liefde/With Love
- 2010: Oos-Wes Tuis Bes (Deluxe edition)
- 2011: Kurt Kaptein se platinum treffers
- 2012: In jou oë
- 2014: Seerower
- 2015: Lied Vir Die Vrou
- 2016: Sal Jy Met My Dans?
- 2017: Laat Die Dansvloer Brand
Kurt Daren’s net worth is estimated to be R16.8 million, according to the list of South Celebrities and Net Worth in 2021.