We are very excited to bring in some of South Africa's most diverse, creative and talented artists in the film Spelonk. The latest is Afrikaans Ruk. A word from Afrikaans Ruk
Afrikaans Ruk is excited about this film because we can relate to it. Its an original a first something out of the ordinary just like the music we do. What is planned for this film has never been done in Africa and we are excited to be a part of such a huge project with this new concept.The different clans going head to head, clans we are familiar for example the Voortrekkers this was part of our history class on school to be brought to life in this film that's EXCITING! And we all are familiar with the hardcore cape coloureds gangsters to be added to this film in a way I do believe never seen before this is a whole new take on movies in Africa! Another reason we excited for this film is that our fans/followers gets to see another side to us and that we are growing by taking on new challenges. From what we have seen of parts of the script and from discussion with you that this film will surpass anything ever done in Africa with regards to movies. This is the start of something big and we happy to be a part of it.
About Afrikaans Ruk
Afrikaans Ruk is an Afrikaans house and kwaito duo from the Cape Flats, Mitchell’s Plain. The duo was started in 2012 by Mark Matroos and Von D.
Mark came up with the concept for Afrikaans Ruk after visiting Mzoli’s with friends. He realised that people loved the music genre that was played there but did not understand the music because it was in xhosa. He knew that this style of music was what he wanted to create with Afrikaans lyrics. This was where the idea of Afrikaans Ruk came about. Afrikaans ruk released their first music video on Youtube in Feb 2013 named Sopnat.
Afrikaans Ruk has performed at many festivals and events. Their performance portfolio includesBlisters for bread, Twilight Run, Ashton festival, Namaqua Festival, Winter Wonderland, Vredendal Festival, KKNK, Tygerberg heritage festival, Woord fees and Suid-Oosterfees and Malls and School Carnivals.
Afrikaans Ruk shared the stage with many established artist such as Brandon October, Bianca Le Grange, Ivan Siegelaar, Rochelle Liedman, Emo Adams and Snotkop.
The comedians Mark Banks shared a stage with the house duo as well. TV shows that they were featured on are KykNet Afri-Visie en Jou show with Emo Adams.
Afrikaans Ruk had a number one song on GoodHope Fm, radio Atlantis and Bush radio. The first music video by Afrikaans ruk was play listed on Channel O and CTV.
Despite growing up under very challenging circumstances, having faced gangsterism, poverty but to name a few when faced with the hardships of surviving and seeking positivity in everything they do. This humble and grounded duo, Afrikaans Ruk is a force to be reckoned with.
Afrikaans Ruk has their eyes set on establishing their brand and becoming well known for being different, being role models for the youth that is faced with hardships of difficult circumstances and building respect for “kaaps” Afrikaans music.
Mark Matroos is a son,husband and a father to a little girl named Phoebe deem this has his greatest achievement to date. Mark, who started a home studio producing beat and tracks 2012, knew that music was what he wanted to do after a failed business venture.
The group then later started Afrikaans Ruk in 2012 with Mark who is the spokesperson. Mark illustrates their passion for Afrikaans and how they grew up through his music. He is driven to make Afrikaans Ruk a well established brand. Mark understands that imaging is important and is now on a quest to get professionals in those industries onboard so that he can take the group national.
Mark’s entrepreneurial spirit sparked as a young boy, having owned several businesses. He has the ability to see opportunities around him. This characteristic made him take the leap of faith to start a business that later would enable him to buy his home studio equipment.
Mark believes that Afrikaans Ruk will make a big foot print in the music industry and through this unite people around the world. Mark says, “Impossible is not in our dictionary, we aiming for every music award there is, our goal is to make Afrikaans speaking South African's proud of their language.”
Chevonne Earl Kemp also known as Von D is the quiet counterpart of Afrikaans Ruk. Von grew up in Mitchell’s Plain after having moved from house to house staying with famlly as his father was not able to retain a stable job. He attented Westridge High School in the area where lived and completed his schooling career.
Growing up Von was a bit of a naughty boy but soon grounded himself in his music. He lives for being on stage and is humbled by those who follow them and shows appreciattion for their music. Before he partnered with Mark, Von D sang lead in group that travelled to Dubai where he worked in the entertainment industry upon his arrival on home soil he started his journey with Afrikaans ruk.
Von D fathers a 5 year old boy whom he loves dearly. His motto – “ I believe if you work hard, you will be successful no matter what. The legacy I want to leave for my son is that, I hard worked even when no one believed in me. Perservere through the trials and you can be successful and try not to dispise small beginnings.”