Love him or hate him – there is no one else like him – we chat to Jack Parow
Die Ou Met Die Snor By Die Bar, translated as The Guy With The Moustache At The Bar, is Jack Parow’s official memoir as told to Theunis Engelbrecht, and is currently on sale. The book delves into the life and times of Parow (real name Zander Tyler), his childhood, adventures, hot singles – leading up to where he is now – one of SA’s most notorius and popular rappers. Not eveyone’s cup of tea, this is one for the fans and is a colourful read.
Why a biography?
I had all these crazy stories to get out of my head and a psychiatrist is too expensive. So this way I might even be able to buy a jet ski with my problems or at least a new system for my car.
What was the most difficult part?
Just remembering everything. My brain has forgotten a lot over the years. So I had to unlock it all again. But ja, that made it fun.
What did you enjoy most about it?
It was lekker going back in time and also speaking to my mom and family and finding out all these cool things I never knew about my life and my roots. Also just reminiscing.
For those who don’t know, please will you explain what the boerewors-curtain is?
The boerwors-curtain is an imaginary border between the northern suburbs (mostly Afrikaans) and the rest of Cape Town. So it’s places like Parow, Bellville, Goodwood, Brackenfell, Kuilsrivier etc. where we just braai and watch rugby and sometimes make rap music.
On which side of the curtain were you?
I was on the Afrikaans side. The good side. Ha ha. It was lekker man, we had our kak times, but it was such a cool place to grow up, multicultural and cool. I miss it.
How has your childhood shaped who you are today?
Massively, I mean, it’s my roots, so it will always be a massive influence in my music and see it’s very easy to hear and see that in my music and imagery.
Is the title, Die Ou Met Die Snor By Die Bar, a reflection of how you think of yourself or how the media and fans perceive you?
It’s a line out of a song called Die Vraagstuk that I did with Die Heuwels, which was before Cooler as Ekke and started my whole journey, so it’s a significant part of my career. But it’s also become a trademark of mine, along with the long cap. As for the book, it’s completely honest and definitely a truthful look at my life. No bells and whistles. 100% honest!