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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
CHECK ME OUT: Tyren can be found playing records in Camps Bay tonight.