Newcastle would like Jack back

2012-05-02 00:00

CAPE TOWN — “Newcastle was amazing and the crowd was also amazing. It was only a handful of people who caused trouble,” was how rapper Jack Parow shrugged off an attack that stopped his perfomance in that town.

Zander Tyler, alias Jack Parow, was one of the performers at the Newcastle Winter Festival over the weekend. Parow still had to rap two of his songs when a spectator, who seemed inebriated, jumped onto the stage “and tried to bliksem me”, according to the artist.

Security stopped the blikseming from happening and Parow was hustled back stage, where he spent the next few hours signing autographs. It was Parow’s first performance at the annual festival.

Johan Pieters, vice-chair of the organising committee, said that only a small group of people at the festival was less than impressed by Parow’s rap, which is the slang abbreviation for rhythm and poetry. They seemed to have totally missed the poetry part and heard only his lyrical leverage of expletives.

Parow yesterday confirmed to Beeld that only 15 out of the 15 000 people attending the festival were unhappy with his perfomance.

“They want to come and bliksem me. The organiser asked me to stop and the police stopped them,” he said. He is not bothered by their reaction. “They are the past, we are the future,” Parow said.

“After I left the stage, the crowd was still calling my name for an hour.

The calls yesterday continued digitally on social media platforms, where his fans tweeted and posted up a storm in support of his lyrics.

“F**k them” seemed to be the concensus on the sites; and that Jack will be welcomed back in Newcastle — if the organisers dare to invite the platinum-selling artist again.

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