Blaq Pearl (Cape Town), has been writing poetry and songs since the age of 12. Her musical genre is a fusion of Afro/Soul/Hiphop/Jazz/R&B and is recognised internationally for her performances. She was a cast member in two popular and award winning musical theatre productions, Afrikaaps & A Plekkie in die son as well as Krotoa. Towards the end of 2011 she released her debut album titled Against All Odds. Blaq Pearl (named Janine) holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Linguistics from the University of the Western Cape. She is proudly vocal about social issues & loves doing development work with youth. 2015 marked 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 continues to showcase it at various schools. Her latest production is a one-woman show, Storie van My Lewe. She is the co-founder of the Blaqpearl Foundation. She works as a professional artist for events in the fields of live music, poetry, storytelling and motivational speaking.