Blaq Pearl

Blaq Pearl (Janine Van Rooy-Overmeyer) hails from Cape Town. She started writing poetry and songs from the age of 12.

Her musical genre is a fusion of Afro/Soul/Hiphop/Jazz/R&B. She is known for her phenomenal performances at various events, national and international. She was a cast member in two popular and award-winning musical theatre productions, namely Afrikaaps and ’n Plekkie in die son, and was a part of Krotoa.

Towards the end of 2011 she finally released her debut album titled Against All Odds.

Blaq Pearl also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Linguistics from the University of the Western Cape.

She is proudly vocal about social issues and loves doing development work with the youth.

2015 marks the release of her first self-published book titled Karadaaa!!!, a collection of her poetry, stories and songs written in both English and Afrikaans. In 2016 she completed writing the musical production Krotoa van vandag and showcased it at various schools. Her latest production is a one-woman show titled Storie van my lewe.

Blaq Pearl is a professional artist. Her services include live music, poetry, storytelling, theatre and motivational speaking.

She is the co-founder of the Blaqpearl Foundation.

US-taaldebat 2021: Ek is Afrikaaps

Blaq Pearl Universiteitseminaar | University Seminar 2021-03-26

"Almal se moedertaal moet gerecognise word in institutions, insluitend variations soos Afrikaaps en Afrikaans. Niks taal moet geforce word op iemand nie. En niks judgement omdat jy verskillend klink nie."

“Geskryf in ons eie taal”

Menán van Heerden, Blaq Pearl Skrywersonderhoude 2016-09-08

Blaq Pearl se selfgepubliseerde digbundel Karadaaa!!! is in Afrikaaps en Engels geskryf. Sy tree vanjaar by die Open Book Festival in Kaapstad op. Menán van Heerden het meer gaan uitvind oor haar jongste projek.