Naughty and fresh Tyren’s in the house

The Fresh Drive’s jovial jester brings his Cape Flats pa­tois to St Yves in Camps Bay tonight

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODFUN - WENDYL MARTIN

YOU MAY have heard him on ra­dio, you may have seen him on TV, or you may be fol­low­ing him on Twit­ter, but here is your chance to see and meet Tyren from 5FM’S The Fresh Drive, tonight.

Tyren is one of the DJS in the line-up for the national ra­dio sta­tion’s End is Dry party at St Yves in Camps Bay.

We spoke to Tyren this week to find out who he re­ally is – his true iden­tity is “a closely guarded se­cret”.

Af­ter some “howzit my bru” greet­ings, and “are you lekkers?” Tyren said he wouldn’t be wear­ing his co­me­dian’s hat as he would be Djing.

“These (sum­mer par­ties) are DJ gigs, my bru. I am play­ing elec­tronic mu­sic. We were just in Pre­to­ria the other week and I played af­ter Fresh.”

Tyren’s story of how he started work at 5FM sounds like fic­tion: in 2006 at the SABC’S Ra­dio Park in Joburg, he hus­tled his way past se­cu­rity guards and man­aged to get into a stu­dio in which DJ Fresh and his af­ter­noon drive team were record­ing.

They were record­ing a skit that needed a Cape Flats flavour and, af­ter get­ting his lines right and a large num­ber of ex­ple­tives bleeped, Tyren made his ra­dio de­but.

Soon af­ter, he filled in as the traf­fic reporter on The Fresh Drive and be­gan to tell his “flou jokes”.

This, cou­pled with his Mitchells Plain charm, struck a chord with Fresh and the drive time au­di­ence, and he be­gan ap­pear­ing more and more.

He has ap­peared on (TV)5 which is 5FM’S TV show on SABC3 and on SABC2’S Colour TV.

Last year he recorded a se­ries of World Cup team guides in which he “taught” the national vis­it­ing teams some lesser-known South African­isms, such as “voet­sek”.

These team guides led to Tyren’s daily con­tro­ver­sial which is still on air. It’s an open- mic ses­sion in which he talks in Cape Town “kom­buis En­gels”, with a dirty punch­line.

“Kakpraat and gat­maak is what I was born to do,” says Tyren.

“I waited a long time be­fore I got a break with them in Joburg. It was not so lekker work­ing in die Kaap. These guys are pro­fes­sional.”

Tyren, how­ever, guards his pri­vacy when he comes to Cape Town.

“I come down quite of­ten but I stay at my mother’s house in Mitchells Plain. Other­wise peo­ple will at­tack me in the malls,” he jokes.

He has, how­ever, grown at­tached to his new sur­round­ings.

“I like it (Joburg) a lot. I have been in Joburg for five years. My life is The Fresh Drive. They are the best.

“Who else will let me talk kak all the time? Cather­ine (Gren­fell) is very strict but she is bloody hot. But not as hot as Poppy. I just want to make peo­ple laugh.”

But The Fresh Drive fun and games.

“I got very lucky. Fresh kept me. And now we work hard ev­ery­day.”

Tonight he will be play­ing along­side Gren­fell.

“If you ever wanted to see a white girl and coloured boy play­ing to­gether, here’s your chance.”

And although the norm at Camps Bay clubs is to dress a bit

is not all more classy, don’t ex­pect that from Tyren.

“I will dress how I want to. I am go­ing to come in shorts. It is crazy what you will get away with when you are fa­mous.”

Tyren says he does not club much when he is in Cape Town though.

“I don’t club on Long Street. It’s too hec­tic. You get peo­ple shout­ing, ‘Hey, Tyren from Fresh Drive!’ “

To read more of his crazy mus­ings, fol­low him on Twit­ter us­ing the han­dle @maltyren.

Tick­ets are R150 at the door for tonight’s party. Twit­ter: @Wendyl­martin

CHECK ME OUT: Tyren can be found play­ing records in Camps Bay tonight.

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