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2013-06-01 09:30

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He’s quick to shout out his ‘zef’ roots and loves showing off his braaiing skills – it can only be Jack Parow.

It may be winter but braais are still trending in Jack Parow’s life. The Afrikaans rapper says the weather is no deterrent when it comes to his love for meat on the coals.

Currently working on a DVD that will give fans some insight into his life and showcase some of his performances, he muses about the name. ‘I think I’m going to call it Welcome to Parowdise.’

Jack adds that he’s always enjoyed a good braai. ‘When I lived in a flat with some mates, my sister bought me a portable braai. While they were inside cooking, I’d be outside braaiing almost daily,’ he says.

His love affair with braaied meat has even gone a step further, with the launch of his own marinade – Parow Braai Sauce. ‘It is guaranteed to make any braai incredible!’ he says proudly.

Jack says even though his braaiing skills can put most to shame, he has no other discernible cooking talent. ‘I can’t make anything else, so I just stick to what I’m good at. If I’m not eating braaied meat, I’m eating takeaways.’

Jack is one of the pioneers of Afrikaans rap and he says he didn’t think it would become this big.

‘I never really set out to be an Afrikaans rapper; I also rap in English sometimes – it just depends on what songs come to me. I’ve loved rapping since I could listen to music of my choice, but I never thought an Afrikaans boy like me could make a living from it. I used to work at a fish factory and a surf shop. I’m happy that I get to do this instead now.’

Part of Jack’s ‘every day is braai day’ mentality is the fact that he refuses to let stress take over his life.

‘Everyone has problems and stress to some degree but if you allow it, it can take over your life. I believe that life happens how it happens, so just focus on the positive and keep moving.’

Jack is also working on a double album that is due for release later in the year. ‘It’s going to have 24 tracks. The one disc will be acoustic and the other electronic. Watch out!’

Signature style item

‘My caps. I’m not one for dress codes so they always work for me.’

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