Artist: Jack Parow - Album: Eksie Ou
The Afrikaans rapper is back and he is just as uncensored, in-your-face and fun as ever. If you had asked me a few years ago what I thought Jack Parow actually represented, I wouldn’t have been able to answer you, but now I know: He makes a brilliant mockery of South African life and culture, and somehow makes you feel proud to be a part of such a weird and wonderful country.
What makes this even better is the way that he does this. Jack Parow takes the most entertaining pieces of South African culture and personifies them in himself. He’s a rapper, an Afrikaner, a South African rocker and more. Eksie Ou is his latest release and I’m happy to say that he has continued to do what he does best. The songs are produced and written well, and Parow’s rapping style and lyrics fit well into the theme. Be warned though, do not take this music too seriously, it’s mainly supposed to create a party mood and bring humour to the table, and it does so brilliantly. Of course, it’s not for everyone and it’s hard to identify who would or wouldn’t be a fan (because there are so many different reasons to like or not to like his music). Simply, if you knew about and liked his music in the past, you are a fan, in which case you must buy Eksie Ou. Testosterone, super ego and confidence drive this album above the level of his previous work and it’s clear that, while he isn’t going to grow up any time soon, he has certainly come into his own as an entertainer.
By Matthew du Plessis
A copy of Jack Parow’s latest album Eksie Ou
SMS “EksieOu,” your name and your full postal address to 32545
• Only 1 entry per cellphone number
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• Lucky draw will take place on 31 May 2012
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Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, the comedic legends that brought you Shaun of the Dead (which is good enough for me to not have to mention others) have released a science-fiction comedy. I have always wanted them to make a movie like this and now it’s here. But can it live up to the standard that these two Englishmen have set for themselves? To start with, this is a story of two English sci-fi geeks who go to the USA to attend Comic-Con and then take a road trip to famous UFO spots around the country. During their travels they run into Paul, an alien that has recently escaped from Area 51 after finding out that he was about to be used in a deadly experiment and is now being chased by agents from a secret government organisation. After the two humans get over the shock of having met a real live alien, they take him with them and go on the run, with the black-suited agents hot on their heels.
If you have never seen a Pegg and Frost movie before you will probably enjoy it very much, but I know better. I know they can do better. The humour is not on par with previous works and the storyline is