South African Music Award for best-selling artist, iconic status after the release of ‘De La Rey’, the pin-up boy of Afrikaans music – Bok van Blerk’s got a stellar list of accomplishments behind him. But for all his musical success, it’s an entirely different area where Bok’s had arguably his greatest triumph: the braai.
Jan Braai and I dropped in Bok’s house in Pretoria to join the rock star and his mate Roland Schoeman for a braai; first challenge was deciding where to have the braai, as Bok’s recently renovated home has three braais across two different braai areas. All of which we were allowed to explore and admire (prompting Jan to ask if he could move in with Bok); we weren’t, however, allowed in the kitchen to watch Bok put together his secret marinade.
What went in? At a guess, honey, Worcester sauce, garlic; whatever made up the rest of it, worked a treat. One giant slab of rump, after an hour lazing in Bok’s marinade, went on to the fire, came off minutes later, and was sliced up and devoured in half the time it spent on the braai. Who ate most of it? That would be confidential information; suffice to say that if a certain South African swimmer sets a few records this year, then Bok’s marinade might find its way onto FINA’s list of banned substances…
Roland has a big year ahead in the pool as he works towards next year’s Olympics; Bok has a packed gig schedule. But both men find plenty of time to braai, either at home or on the road – and while Roland’s expertise will be put to the test shortly, Bok’s secret marinade suggests that however well he does on the charts, music’s still number two on his list of natural talents.