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#MusicExchange: Jitsvinger

Cape Flats-born Jitsvinger is an established conceptual writer, composer, guitarist, educator, musician, poet and performing artist. After the success of his debut album, Skeletsleutel, he performed on stages and in festivals both locally and internationally. He has also composed and written music for theatre productions and film.
Jitsvinger is a social commentator on issues concerning heritage, culture and, especially, the Afrikaans language. 


BizcommunityWhen are you happiest?
When I’m playing the guitar for my wife even though she’ll critique me, especially when she controls the playlist and asks me to play specific songs.


BizcommunityWhat does music mean to you?
A communication channel to worlds unknown.


BizcommunityWhat is the most enjoyable aspect of your work?
Being approached by strangers motivating me to continue, hearing how my music accompanied so many through certain parts of their lives, meeting new cultures.


BizcommunityAre you famous?
People say I am. People cloak you with it (fame).


BizcommunityWhat do you think of influencers?
Modern-day commercial industry hustlers fishing the internet with hooks made of clickbait.


BizcommunityWhat drives you: ego or humility?
A bit of both. It usually starts with humility but then ego comes along and hands me the spit-shine kit ‘cause I hate sloppy technique.


BizcommunityAny funny moments on stage?
Performing while my belt buckle popped off. My jeans weren’t too big so it held safely throughout my performance. Of course, it was part of my act!




BizcommunityWhich living person do you admire most and why?
I admire the spirit within us as we continue this journey through life and the guy who invented SA’s public transport system.


BizcommunityWhat is your most treasured possession?
Hard to choose between my collection of guitars and stash of vinyl.


BizcommunityIt’s your round, what are you drinking?
Honey liquor.


BizcommunityDream gig to do?
Performing alongside SA’s finest in entertainment inside a packed and fully improved and upgraded Athlone Stadium.


BizcommunityWhat makes you stand out?
I’m a 6ft tower with a kroesdraad afro antenna – that's my hair. 


BizcommunityNicknames?
I was dubbed Quinza during my Netherlands tours with Khayelitsha Mambazo Choir, my father still calls me Langman, to my mom and siblings I’m Quinnie or uncle Jits. My seniors call me Jitsie!


BizcommunityPick five words to describe yourself?
Passionate, humble, talented, dreamer, scattered.



BizcommunityFive favourite SA albums of all time?


Age of Truth – Prophets of the City
Super Deluxe Mode – Moodphase 5ive
Tumi and the Volume Live
Pacific Express – On Time
Skeletsleutel – Jitsvinger

BizcommunityWhat song changed your life?
“Dala Flet” – Prophets of Da City (POC).


BizcommunityFavourite fashion garment?
Navada slacks.


BizcommunityGive us some real proper slang and what it means?
Hoelykit? – What’s going on?




BizcommunityYour greatest achievement?
Escaping life as a factory worker.


BizcommunityWhat do you complain about most often?
K*k Cape Town drivers.


BizcommunityHappiness is?
Physically, mentally, spiritually and economically healthy.


BizcommunityOn stage, I tend to?
Stay in the moment.


BizcommunityWhere would you like to be right now?
In a recording session with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra.


BizcommunityWishes and dreams?
Touring the world with amazing artists and headlining a huge festival in Holland.


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About Martin Myers

Co-owner at Triple M Entertainment, founder Music Exchange, manager Sipho Hotstix Mabuse
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