The 2012 MK Awards are a thing of a past, but it seems that the host at Awards Ceremony, Jack Parow (who was also the winner of the 2012 MK Awards for Best Hipster) is not done with the music business yet. On the 24th of March I had the privilege to see him perform for the first time since Oppikoppi in 2010. I must say that he’s come a long way since then. He’s definitely grown as an artist (although some music critics might disagree with me). It’s hard to believe that his song Cooler As Ekke is already on its way to celebrating its 3rd birthday since its release. Love him or hate him, Jack Parow has had a huge impact on SA Music over the last few years. He’s influence simply can not be ignored.
It took the Dangerous Romantic Afrikaans Rapper’s second album, Eksie Ou, only four months to reach Gold status in South Africa. Jack Parow released this album under his own label, Parowphernalia. His first, self-titled album, reached Platinum status in 2011. Parow was amazed by all of this saying “thank you for all the support! It’s amazing; I am so glad. Next stop – Platinum!” The first single from the album, Hosh Tokolosh (which is a colab with Gazelle) is enjoying massive airplay on radio stations countrywide at the moment and was the first Afrikaans single EVER to reach Number 1 on 5FM’s Top 40.
Watch this space SA Music fans! The music video for his next single from EKSIE OU, Hard Partytjie Hou (which features Van Coke Kartel and Fokofpolisiekar frontman Francois van Coke) will premiere on MK’s Studio 1 soon! The director is Parow’s friend, 187, who also directed his video, Tussen Stasies and co-directed the hit video Byellville with Duvan Durand. Hard Partytjie Hou was produced by Cape Town production company, Ground Glass. The concept for the video is inspired by Billy Monk’s portrait photography of Les Catacombs Club and its patrons during the 1960’s. Jack Parow was recently also nominated for a South African Music Award in the category, Best Street Urban Album, along with other great Hop Hop artists such as HHP and AKA. He is excited about this and has said “It feels gangster to be nominated in this category. I am happy to be nominated and hopefully I can take this trophy home, Masekinners!”
Jack Parow is always playing gigs at venues all around South Africa and this month (April 2012) is no exception, you can catch him at the following venues for a double brandy and coke and a moerse jol:
- 7 April – KKNK Kaktus Op Die Vlaktes, Oudtshoorn
- 13 April – Paarl Amphitheatre, Paarl
- 27 April -Vodacom Winter Festival Newcastle Showgrounds
- 28 April-MK By Die Dam – Vaal Marina
- 29 April -Lusito Land, Wemmerpan
So, get your butt down to one of these shows and show your support for SA Music, it’s the right thing to do.