June 3, 2016 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
JACK PAROW – a Dangerous Romantic Afrikaans Rap Extravaganza
“I was really drunk and was watching Pirates of the Caribbean and I said: “Fuck Jack Sparrow the pirate of the Caribbean, I’m Jack Parow, pirate of the caravan park.”
Zander Tyler was born in Parow, Cape Town in 1982. Today he is known as Jack Parow, the dangerous romantic Afrikaans rapper. Contrary to popular belief, his wild-fire success did not happen overnight. Jack started out rapping with crews from the Cape Flats and has been at it for more than ten years. He studied to be a mechanic, but had to take jobs like packing fish in Cape Town harbour and allocating graves for the Cemetery Division of the Cape Town municipality to support his rap habit. Performing only for a beer and pizza soon changed, when his collaboration with Die Heuwels Fantasties on the track, Die Vraagstuk, put him in the limelight.
It’s been five years since his breakthrough in 2009 and since then Jack Parow has released his first self-titled full length album that struck gold within two weeks of its release and went platinum within a year; headlined at major festivals in South Africa; performed in Russia; toured Europe and played before packed out shows there. He has opened for rap legends Eminem and Snoop Lion. His music video for the hit Cooler as Ekke has over three million views on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRzFqW4Xh2k). His songs are hits on national radio stations and he has been on prime TV shows and on covers and centre-folds of publications in South Africa and in Europe.