Self-styled zef icon Jack Parow might be best known for his contribution to Afrikaans rap culture (and the emancipation of the trucker cap brim), but if one listens carefully to Parow’s lyrics, it’s clear that he’s also a committed foodie. “Dis ice tea, ek’s witblitz. Dis light bier, ek’s spirits… Jy eet caviar en couscous. Ek drink Klipdrif, jy drink Peroni,” he raps in Cooler as Ekke. (Well, he’s opinionated on the subject of food, at any rate!)
Right now, Parow is gearing up to release a music video for Ode to You with Nonku (check out Part One here), with shows in Jozi and Tshwane, and he’s getting ready to hit up Holland for the Back to Amsterdam Tour in September.
On the eve of his video’s release, we caught up with Jack to find out where he goes for burgers, where he’d take us on a date, and where he buys his groceries (if he’s feeling fancy).
Sgt Pepper in Long Street. My friend owns it and it literally makes the best pizza. There’s also a burger made with my very own Parow Sauce.
Also Sgt Pepper, or The Shack because it’s one of those places I’ve been going to for as long as since I can remember (or since I looked old enough to get in!) Another one is Van Hunks; it’s close to my house and has a really lekker vibe.
The bar at my house has the best booze and no one ever blocks the TV. Otherwise Percy’s (Perseverance Tavern) is cool and has been around forever.
Spur. The sausage with the secret basting? Boom!
Cape Point Vineyards in Noordhoek. You can sneak in some brannas, get a picnic basket and lie on the grass while the family plays.
Maybe Assembly…or any bar. If food needs to be part of it, maybe El Burro?
At home, behind a braai. Actually that could have been my answer to every single question so far… Please change?
Woolworths when I’m feeling fancy; Checkers when I’m not.
Oranjezicht City Farm. It’s nice, not that popular yet and all the hipsters are too scared to bother the man with the moustache and the black clothing.
My fkn brain. Go for gold and if you fail, just act like you planned it.
Brandy and Coke. And Jagermeister.
Catch Jack Parow at the Marks Park Sports Club for the Pinkie Fest on 30 August; Rumours Lounge in Roodepoort on 5 September; Aandklas Pretoria on 6 September; and the Tribeone Festival on 27 September. Jack Parow and Naaldekoker will entertain guests on The Party Cruise, which goes from Durban to Mozambique in December.