A quick chat with Tuin

Based in Pretoria, Tuin is an up-and-coming singer-songwriter currently making waves in the South African music scene and winning over new fans with each and every performance. Her unique voice and passion for music captures the essence of what music is all about, add her ability to connect with the crowd and you have an amazing artist who makes any event memorable.


She’s joined on stage by Alouise Peens known for her versatility when it comes to Instruments and styles. Playing drums, bass, acoustic and electric guitar and the ukulele, their music madness and creativity can’t be measured but only described as unique and different. Both ladies are qualified musicians in Rock School and Royal School Theory.

Starting from January 2015 Tuin has been a crowd favourite at numerous festivals such as Otterlake Easter Music Festival, their performance at STRAB ended with an encore, standing ovation (and a school of dolphins arriving in the background simultaneously) and had the crowd in tears. Tuin played Oppikoppi with a full band and blew the crowd away at White Mountain Acoustic Festival with the album selling out in just under a minute.

Quite a bit has happened since my last chat with Tuin in 2015, so I’ve decided to catch up with her. This is what she had to say.

You released a music video for your single, “November”. If someone should ask you what the song is about, what you tell them?

When you lose someone, it feels like they are hovering around you for the first while and that is torture because you miss them and you want to hold them but their not actually there.

You played at Oppikoppi in 2015 for the first time, how would you describe your experience?

It was like being baptized into Rock n Roll.  Oppikoppi will forever be my favourite festival. Performing there still blows my mind and to see people enjoying your music, some even crying, humbles me to the core.

If you could collaborate with an SA Muso that you have not worked with before, who would that be and why?

Sjo! Our country is so rich with talent, it would be an absolute honour to work with Emile Swiegers, Albert Frost, Bittereinder, Jack Parrow, Shotgun Tori, Johnathan Peyper, Goodluck, Karen Zoid and Francios van Coke but I think I’ll be so nervous I’ll pass out. They are all true musicians and artists and have inspired me to be better at what I do. Their music is alive and makes the world a better place.

You are in the Top 10 Innibos Rock Rumoer. Why should people vote for you?

I hope that the songs will speak to them, that they will be blown away by the performance and that we will leave them wanting more. That, and we are an all girl band now… nothing wrong with a couple of hot chicks killing it on their instruments.

What are you currently working on?

I am very proud to say that we will be releasing an album in November this year. We will be recording at VH music. They are just brilliant at what they do so I’m so exited!!! We start recording in July. Yeah!

You have been confirmed for Oppikoppi 2016. What can festival goers expect from your set?

We are going to bi-rrriiinnngg it this year! You can expect a collaboration but I don’t want to tell you who it is… hehehe… We’ve got a couple of interesting stuff we’re working on but again I don’t want to spoil it by telling you now. The point is, don’t miss it, I promise you’ll regret it… hehehe.

Where can people check out your next show?

We’re are playing our favourite bar in Pretoria on Friday, iBar! Then we’re off to Innibos and then we are touring the Cape  Town from 6 to 18 July 2016.

I’d like to thank Tuin for this interview and I wish her all of the best with her future musical endeavors. If you have not seen her live, make sure that you don’t miss her if she’s playing in a city, town or festival near you.

Watch this space for regular updates in the Music and Interviews categories on Running Wolf’s Rant.

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Henno Kruger

Blogger, Desktop Activist, Twitter / Facebook Addict, Music Festival Addict, Avid lover of South African music, Founder and owner of Running Wolf's Rant

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