Tale of 3 Cities

Bittereinder – A Tale of Three Cities


We recently found this video on Youtube. The tale of Pretoria, Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Features Jack Parow, Tumi Molekane and Jaco van der Merwe. Great story, any one have any details surrounding this?


Bittereinder was formed early in 2009 when Jaco van der Merwe approached Peach van Pletzen and Louis Minnaar about his desire to start an Afrikaans rap project.

Jaco had been writing and performing English hip hop and spoken word poetry since 1998, using the stage name Ajax, and had released two solo albums in 2005 and 2009. In April 2008, Ajax and Yesterday’s Pupil toured Poland together, delivering crunchy sets of beat poetry and the first live performances of Yesterday’s Pupil debut album Errors of Enthusiasm to unsuspecting audiences in four Polish cities.

The third member of Bittereinder is Louis Minnaar, whose status as a premier visual artist has recently been enhanced and affirmed by an award-winning series of music videos for Van Coke Kartel, Yesterday’s Pupil, Die Heuwels Fantasties and now Bittereinder. Louis was originally brought into the group to be the visual maestro of the band. However, Louis’ musical skills rose to the occasion very quickly during the 20 months of writing and production on ‘n Ware Verhaal, eventually seating him as chief composer on tracks like “wakkerword (ft. Inge Beckmann)”, “slechte mensen (ft. Tim Beumers)” and “die slang & die arend (ft. Richard Brokensha of Isochronous)”.

A Tale Of Three Cities

The first single off the album, A Tale of Three Cities, is a patriotic hip hop masterpiece featuring rappers Jaco van der Merwe, Tumi Molekane and Jack Parow reflecting on their relationships with their home cities of Pretoria, Johannesburg and Cape Town. Other collaborators on the album include Inge Beckmann (Lark) on “wakkerword”, Richard Brokensha (Kidofdoom, Isochronous) on “die slang & die arend” as well as Dutch rapper Tim Beumers on “slechte mensen” in the first ever Afrikaans-Dutch rap collaboration.

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