Babyboy’s global career turns home

2015-11-17 06:00
Charl “Babyboy” Pilwan  PHOTO: Tose Soares

Charl “Babyboy” Pilwan PHOTO: Tose Soares

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It’s been about a year since international singer Charl “Babyboy” Pilwan told People’s Post he wanted to return to South Africa.

Born and raised in Retreat, Charl, who now lives in Woodstock, has spent the last 13 years working in Asia and America, but says he’s been spending a lot more time at “home” lately.

After releasing his single “Apple green Datsun” earlier this year, Charl says he’s been in Cape Town since May, which has been the longest time he’s spent in the city for years.

The song, which celebrates Cape Town, has been received very well. It was downloaded 5000 times within the first week of its release and Charl says fans can expect to hear a house remix of “Apple green Datsun” soon.

“It’s been amazing,” he says.

Music video winsCharl, who has previously said that he is always going to be “a coloured boy from Retreat”, received arguably the best welcome home when he was acknowledged at the Cape Flats Film Festival.

He won the Best Video award for the music video of “Voice of reason”, his previous single.

“I really didn’t expect to win . . . Like really.”

It’s the first time he’s been recognised in this way in his home country.

The festival took place across Cape Town and the nominated music videos were screened at schools across the Cape Flats and pupils got to vote for their favourites.

The fact that the schoolchildren liked his work was a great affirmation for Charl, but he points out that they did have questions, like why “a coloured boy from Retreat” was singing predominantly English songs.

Charl grew up speaking English and studies abroad, giving him a “more rounded” sound, which also helps him cater to a larger audience.

New singleHis new single “Can’t figure it out” is currently playing on Heart 104.9FM and other radio stations.

He’s already working on new material, including house versions of this single and his next one, “Love is something else”.

His main focus at the moment is promoting his music locally.

Charl has worked with the likes of Chris Brown, Nelly and Ne-Yo.

He is working on building a sustainable career for himself in Cape Town, so that he can eventually live here permanently.

He plans to play many shows and festivals in the area over the festive season.

“I’m just enjoying being home.”

Future plansThat being said, he’s still writing and producing for international artists.

He is planning to fly musicians in from New York and Liverpool to help him work on his new album in South Africa.

He hopes to release it in May, as a birthday present to himself.

In between, Charl is also working on his autobiography with Dallas ghost writer Jenny Block, to tell the story of his career which has taken him across the globe.

“I want people to understand the real me.”

In the meantime, fans can catch Charl in action when he performs a free show at the Slug and Lettuce at the River Club in Observatory on Sunday from noon to 15:00. V Call 021 448 7906 for more information or to book for the show. Visit the Babyboy Entertainment page on Facebook for more about Charl and his upcoming shows.

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