Blaq Pearl

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Blaq Pearl is an artist from South Africa.

She was born and raised in the working class community of Mitchellʼs Plain, Cape Town and is the only daughter, with two brothers. A gifted singer and writer, she also holds a degree in Psychology and Linguistics from the University of the Western Cape. Blaq Pearl is a proud social activist and youth development worker who gets her inspiration from God, her parents, family, friends, neighbours and self. She is driven by a desire to tell her own story and the stories of others. Janine / Blaq Pearl is also a Life Skills Facilitator and works with various organizations in different sectors that involves youth at risk, HIV/AIDS and womenʼs issues (in the communities, schools and prison). She is the co founder of the Blaqpearl Foundation. Her services as professional Artist for events is Live Music, Poetry, Storytelling, Theatre and Motivational speaking.

Blaq Pearl started writing at the age of 12 to simply express herself and because she 'wanted to change the world'. Her first piece titled, ʻLifeʼs No Metaphorʼ developed into a song. From that time already, she was doing choruses for her late brother ʻMr. Deviousʼ (1977-2004), who is also her biggest musical influence. From 2005, she started performing professionally at various types of events. Her lyrics and music contains strong social content touching on controversial and tabooed issues and is about empowerment and real experiences, strength and motivation. She describes her music genre as a fusion of African/ Soul/ Hip Hop/ Jazz/ R&B. In 2007, she launched her first Music Video & CD Single “Lifeʼs No Metaphor” and started formulating a backup Live Band (5-piece), currently 4-piece, they have been performing together ever since. Later, The Leviʼs Young Guns Initiative sponsored her second Music Video “A Peoples Worth”. All can be seen on Channel O, YouTube & other networks.

She featured in Oprah Magazine, Television shows Hectic 9nine & Keeping it Real and various media like newspapers and radio stations, also judging talent competitions and participated on BBC in a special interview project with Alan Shearer followed by a Dutch/ African radio audio documentary. Further documentaries she features in: The Creators, Afrikaaps, Mr. Devious Blaq Pearl represented South Africa at the B-Connected, Music May Day festival, 21 & 22 May in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Her other performances include Live at Oppikoppi, Obz Festival various Government Award Ceremonies, UDF Re-Launch and other festivals eg. The Franschoek Literary festival, The Jazzathon, City Concerts particularly in Mitchellʼs Plain, traveled to Sweden (Stockholm) in March doing two Youth Culture & Arts festivals, Badilisha Poetry Exchange Festival, during the World Cup at various Fan Parks in Cape Town. Furthermore she was the only female collaborating alongside 7 independent male artists, in the popular theatre production: AFRIKAAPS (HipHopera) which debut at KKNK & ran at The Baxter theatre. This production won several awards at Kyknet Fiestas. Then the production went on to a successful tour in the Netherlands. She also featured in another grand musical...

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Right Side Up
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Blaq Pearl Ft EJ Von Lyrik - Woman To Woman
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Earth is
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MOVE featuring Strategist (rapper)
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What's Love
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Life's No Metaphor
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2001

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