Ramses Shaffy is a singer, songwriter and composer who became popular during the 60’s. After not finishing high school, Ramses aspired to be an actor in the 50’s but a decade later he decides to choose for his real passion: music. In Amsterdam, he starts a cabaret: Shaffy Chantant. Together with other gifted young musicians and actors he sings his own songs and recites poems. Shaffy Chantant is not only the start of his own musical career, Ramses also launches other stars, like the young singer Liesbeth List, with whom he would frequently collaborate and release countless songs, and in 1968 Thijs van Leer, who some years later will be a world star with his band Focus. During the 1960’s Ramses Shaffy becomes somewhat of a legend. He is most recognized for his output between 1965 – 1975, which featured classic songs such as ‘Sammy’, ‘Pastorale’, ‘Zing, Vecht, Huil, Bid, Lach, Werk En Bewonder’ en ‘We Zullen Doorgaan’.
Throughout his career Ramses has received many accolades, such as an ‘Edison’, one of the oldest and most prestigious awards in the Dutch music industry.