After spending more than four years abroad, Baariek Losper has returned home and wishes to do a review of his trip in the form of a musical extravaganza. He is currently putting ideas together for a show which is expected to take place in Salt River in November.The 27-year-old jazz and RnB artist was born and bred in Manenberg but moved to Athlone when he married his wife, Haanim.He started singing at the age of 15. Growing up in Manenberg, he was exposed to guns and drugs every day, he says.“As a young boy coming from school, I would be approached by older people who asked me to sell drugs for them because people would not suspect me as I was a child,” he reveals.Baariek says singing with his sister, Inshaaf, and his father, Riedewaan, who was their producer and director, “rescued” him.“We used to sing cover versions of songs and people loved our music.”Their big break came when they won auditions held by a company called The Romantic Corporate. Their prize included a five-year tour to Spain.They also went to Monaco and Paris, to do what they love – singing. They returned two years ago.During the tour, someone told him he had a Michael Jackson “aura” and suggested that he should consider learning his moves.“At that time, I did not know much about Michael Jackson but when I heard his story I could relate,” he says.He says Jackson did not get much time to be a child because he had to go around performing with his family, and that is the same that happened to him.Baariek explains that the show he intends to host in November will also be a tribute to Jackson and then he wants to share what he (Baariek) has been taught overseas.He says the show is going to be “massive” and it will include dancing and a lot of singing.The artist mentions he has written a song titled Why Did I Fall In Love. The song is a dedication to his sweetheart, Haanim. “It took me almost two months to write this song because it is very special.”His other wish is to be a great father to his three children and make sure they do not go through the hardships he went through when he was growing up. V For more information and to find out how to support him, call 073 159 7612.