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It is perfectly normal to turn to the Guinness Book of World Records, or maybe just Google, to find out who the tallest man on earth is. This question has been circulating throughout South Africa, leaving many dumbfounded as to who this person could be. Imagine the added confusion when it is found that The Tallest Man on Earth is also the moniker of a Swedish folksinger who is making quite a name for himself and who will also be gracing the South African stage this month.
A South African rumor of an event entitled The Tallest Man on Earth has therefore recently spread, confusing many. Some shorter people refused to buy a ticket as they believed it to be a competition to see who the tallest man on earth currently is. Others wonder whether it is a circus-like event showcasing the actual tallest person in the world. A select few, generally belonging to the club of indie music fans, knowingly nod and smile.
The tallest man in recorded history is Robert Pershing Wadlow (1918 – 1940). At his death, he was 8 feet and 11.1 inches tall. Because of his height, Wadlow became a popular American celebrity. The folksinger who goes by the name of The Tallest Man on Earth, Kristian Matsson, might not be as tall, yet he is reaching for the stars.
Wadlow might indeed have been the inspiration behind Matsson’s choice of moniker. The tallest man on earth would naturally be closest to the stars. He would also attract a fair amount of attention. One of The Tallest Man on Earth’s songs, “The Gardner”, contains the lyrics: “So I could stay the tallest man in your eyes, babe.”
His moniker must then also refer to being the primary romantic interest to someone special. Matsson’s individual voice and alluring guitar-playing may soon have him as a primary interest in the world of music, or at least the world of folk and indie music.
Matsson is from Dalarna, Sweden. The singer-songwriter has released two albums (Shallow Grave and The Wild Hunt) and two EPs (The Tallest Man on Earth and Sometimes The Blues Is Just A Passing Bird) since 2006. Matsson is regularly found touring and performing, often with his wife, Amanda Bergman, who is a singer-songwriter better known as Idiot Wind.
The Tallest Man on Earth will be performing in South Africa this month. He will be giving two concerts, one in Cape Town’s CTICC (Cape Town International Convention Centre) and one in Johannesburg’s Joburg Theatre, on February 10 and 11. Rumor has it that the Johannesburg concert is already sold out. If you are in Cape Town, however, there might still be a chance to get a ticket to this event.
Hopefully, Matsson’s performances will give him added popularity in South Africa. Locals will definitely benefit from knowing who this mysterious Tallest Man on Earth really is, and South Africans will benefit even more from the sounds of Matsson’s intimate voice-guitar relationship.