Bittereinder (band)

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Bittereinder by Louis Minnaar
Background information
Origin Pretoria, South Africa
Genres Hip hop, Rap, electro, Afrikaans rap
Years active 2009–present
Labels Rhythm Records, Electromode, Independent
Members Jaco van der Merwe
Peach van Pletzen
Louis Minnaar

Bittereinder is an Afrikaans rap/electro band from Pretoria, South Africa. The band consists of Jaco van der Merwe (acclaimed lyricist and rapper), Peach van Pletzen (award-winning musician, engineer and producer) and Louis Minnaar (award-winning visual artist, director, VJ and producer). They have performed at most major South African festivals and have also done extensive touring in the Netherlands. They are well known for their high-energy live performances.

Bittereinder have released four official studio albums; 'n Ware Verhaal (2010), Die Dinkdansmasjien (2012), Skerm (2014) and Dans tot die dood (2015)


Studio albums[edit]

  • 'n Ware Verhaal (2010)
  • Die Dinkdansmasjien (2012)
  • Skerm (2014)
  • Dans tot die dood (2015)


  • Ware Verhaal (2010)
  • A Tale of Three Cities (2010)
  • Slechte Mensen (2010)
  • Solidariteit (2011)
  • Die Dinkdansmasjien (2013)
  • Kwaad Naas (2013)
  • Kulkuns (2014)
  • Die Slagting (2014)
  • Slegte Mense (LT Remix) (2014)
  • Skerm (2015)
  • Hartseer Gangster (2015)

Touring, Significant Performances and Media[edit]


Bittereinder have played and headlined festivals in South Africa, The Netherlands, Mozambique and Namibia, including Oppikoppi, Lowlands, KKNK, Aardklop, Innibos, STRAB, Hart van Windhoek, Synergy (JHB & CT), Ramfest (JHB & CT), TUKS Spring Day, Smoking Dragon Festival, Gariep Festival, TUKS Rag, PUK Jool and The Campus Invasion Tour.


Bittereinder has collaborated on stage with David Kramer, Koos Kombuis, Inge Beckmann, Jack Parow, Kongos, Tumi Molekane, Hanu de Jong (The Narrow / Not my dog), Richard Brokensha (ISO), HemelBesem, Carlo Mombelli, Reason, Shane Durrant (Desmond & the Tutus) amongst others.


In June 2013 Bittereinder toured the Netherlands for the 2nd time, this time with Van Coke Kartel and special guest Jack Parow on a tour called “Afrikaans Verower Harte”, including the “Festival Voor Het Afrikaans” at Melkweg, Amsterdam. In August 2013 Bittereinder featured prominently on a CNN show called “Inside Africa”, in an episode about cultural diversity in South Africa, specifically in the capital city, Pretoria. The episode featured clips from many of Bittereinder’s live shows, music videos, and an in-depth interview with Jaco about growing up as an Afrikaner in the 1990s.

Bittereinder have also appeared and performed live on e-TV’s hip hop show “Shiz Niz”, SABC 2’s Afrikaans soapie “7de Laan”, 5FM’s “live @ 5” and Hamman Time,[1] Kyknet’s “Kwêla”, Kyknet’s “Hoor-Hoor!”, Kyknet’s “Fiesta”, numerous times on MK’s live show “Studio 1”, featured in a collaboration with a cappella group The Soil on SABC 2’s music fusion show “Jam Sandwich”, recorded a collaboration with The Plastics & Jon Savage for 5FM’s Mashlab in 2013, as well as being awarded the honour of being the Opening Act at the 2012 Pendoring Awards in Cape Town, and performing in the Pendoring Awards show again in 2013.

Bittereinder also performed at the 2013 Tempo Awards. Jaco hosted the 2013 MK Awards in March (with Bouwer Bosch), and Bittereinder opened the award show as well as being the “house band” during the live broadcast of the award ceremony from the South African State Theatre.

Band members[edit]

  • Jaco van der Merwe - lyricist, lead vocals (2009–present)
  • Peach van Pletzen - producer, vocalist, mixing engineer (2009–present)
  • Louis Minnaar - producer, visual artist, vocalist (2009–present)


Awards Won[edit]

Date Award Awarding Body
2015 Best Alternative Album (Skerm) SAMA
2013 Best South African Band Rekord
2011 Best Afrikaans Alternative Album SAMA

Award Nominations[edit]

Date Award Awarding Body
2014 Best Alternative Album SAMA
2015 Duo or Group of the Year [2] SAMA
2014 Best Music Video MK Awards
2014 Best Live Act MK Awards
2014 Album of the Year MK Awards
2013 Best Alternative Album - Die Dinkdansmasjien[3] SAMA
2013 Best Live Act MK Awards
2012 Best Newcomer MK Awards
2012 Best Group MK Awards
2012 Best Dance MK Awards
2011 Beste Alternatiewe Musiekvideo Tempo Awards
2011 Beste Kopskuifalbum Tempo Awards


  1. ^ 5FM, "Catch Up", 17 April 2015
  2. ^ Channel 24, "These are all the 2015 Sama winners", 19 April 2015
  3. ^ Genevieve Kgafe (8 March 2013). "Usual award hoggers for MTN SAMA 19 nominations". Sowetan. 

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