Jitsvinger (Quintin Goliath) is an Afrikaaps vernacular and Kyknet Fiestas award winning performer.
Jitsvinger (Quintin Goliath) is an established Cape Flats born conceptual writer, composer, educator, musician and performing artist.
‘’Slick of tongue, deft of finger, arresting of personality … Jitsvinger’s lightning renditions give a voice to social change, and comment on language and identity…’’ – Evan Milton, Cape Argus Tonight 2009
As a solo artist, Jitsvinger’s sharp delivery has enchanted countless audiences whilst performing on renowned stages with artistic legends such as Antjie Krog, David Kramer and Burni Aman at the Versindaba, Spier Poetry Exchange, Poetry Africa Festival, as well as featuring in the headline collaboration with Pops Mohamed at Speak the Mind Poetry Festival.
‘’Afrikaans rapper Jitsvinger from the Cape Flats is making musical waves across South Africa and abroad. With his cutting-edge, socially-relevant, and wonderfully mischievous lyrics, Jitsvinger manages either to mesmerise audiences into deep thought or induce roaring laughter.’’– www.nationalartsfestival.co.za
‘’Quintin ‘Jitsvinger’ Goliath is one of the country’s best-kept gems. Not only has he amassed a following as a rapper, but performs at festivals and formed one of the best experimental bands to come out in 2012: Jitsenic with producer Arsenic.’’ – Helen Herimbi Cape Argus Tonight 2012
His versatility as a storyteller and contemporary artist pushed traditional boundaries when he collaborated with opera soprano and Juilliard School graduate, Golda Schultz, for the South African TV series Head Wrap.
Believing strongly in collaboration, Jitsvinger was part of the Swiss/South Africa inter-continental exchange project, Rogue State, which produced two recorded albums, and included a tour through Switzerland. There he educated and entertained crowds on stages such as the legendary Bird’s Eye Jazz Club, Busker’s Festival, Royal Arena Festival and Funk Em See.
Greatly influenced by jazz, Jitsvinger became the first hip hop artist that perform at the Grahamstown Standard Bank Jazz Festival where he collaborated with the Kyle Shepherd Trio,
and featured alongside Norwegian trombonist Erik Johannessen. He has also shared the Jazz Festival stage with jazz singer and songwriter, Melannie Scholtz.
CONTEMPORARY|CONCEPTUAL WRITER |SCRIPT-WRITER
Jitsvinger was approached by the Joe Barber cast and Director Heinrich Reisenhofer to co-write the music for the production’s fifth installment, Joe Barber 5: School Cuts.
He joined forces with SAMA-nominated traditional jazz musician Kyle Shepherd to perform for the Glasshouse Theatre’s premiere at the Bellevue Theater in Holland. This was the start of the critically acclaimed award-winning production Afrikaaps, which debuted at the annual Klein-Karoo National Arts festival in Oudtshoorn, South Africa. It later had a successful month-long run at Baxter Theatre and toured to sold-out theatres throughout the Netherlands with artists and musicians Blaq Pearl, Shane Cooper, Emile Jansen, Moenier Adams, Jethro Louw and Charl van der Westhuizen. The production released an album and documentary with the same name.
Telling the story of Hip Hop in a localized setting, Jitsvinger co-scripted Hip Hop Connected directed by fellow musician Teba Shumba where he took on multiple roles as both actor and musician.
Jitsvinger’s art of spoken word and poetry, along with his unique music style, became the catalyst to his ongoing work in education and social programmes.
The Western Cape Education Department invited Quintin Goliath to facilitate a creative writing workshop programme to top learners from the nine provinces of South Africa at the historical Robben Island.
Jitsvinger has also facilitated and edu-tained youth from the Eastern and Western Cape during The Muslim Youth Movement’s annual workshop programme. As part of the Young In Prison (YIP) programme Jitsvinger ventured into the Pollsmoor Maximum Prison to facilitate music and creative writing workshops with young offenders incarcerated and awaiting trial. He continues to facilitate writing and music workshops with the Scalabrini Centre.
‘’Debating, criticizing, communicating – that’s my main thing I put forward when writing any song…’’ – Jitsvinger Cape Argus Tonight
Jitsvinger made a special appearance on MK89 (DSTV) was asked to comment on the state of Afrikaans and the way forward for the language in the music industry.
Jitsvinger is a social commentator on issues concerning heritage, culture, and especially the Afrikaans language. Over the years, he has been asked to give his view at panel discussions, on music programmes such as MK89, Ommie Tafel Met Stories and Voices of Africa. He has also appeared on various documentaries: Maak’it Aan and Afrikaaps that have been screened at the Encounters Film Festival in South Africa and Africa in the Picture Film Festival in Amsterdam, Holland.
His work also appeared in the anthology, Letters to SA: Poets Calling the State to Order (Umuzi Publishers) alongside other well-known South Africa poets.
Because his lyrics are rooted in social awareness, Jitsvinger has, on a number of occasions, been approached by non-governmental and non-profit organisations to produce special material. He was approached by the Treasure Karoo Action Group to write and perform the track Frackattack about the dangers of fracking in the Karoo, as well as Cape Nature to perform, MC and facilitate their UnConference which formed part of the Cape Floral Expo in Bredasdorp.
‘’… he is able to educate and entertain the listener whilst taking them on a sonic journey. He does this with a flow so addictive that audience members, who don’t even understand Afrikaans, still enjoy and support his work.’’- Word Up Ezine
Teaming up with hip hop producer and beat maker, Arsenic (Gary Erfort), Jitsenic was born. Jitsenic is an experimental fusion of hip hop and traditional music that pays homage to South Africa’s musical legends.
In 2015, Jitsvinger became the first South African Afrikaans hip hop artist to perform at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival with his band and also as a collaborator with South Africa jazz singer Melanie Scholtz. He has also shared the stage with the Claud Cozens Trio and, for the second year running, was asked to provide creative writing facilitation for Hallo Gedig, which forms part of the Darling Festival.
He can also be seen at this year’s Foxwood festival performing with fellow poet Jethro Louw, as well as touring with French and South African artists in the Under Madiba Skies collaboration.
Jitsvinger is currently in-studio producing his second album – a follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut album, Skeletsleutel, which promises to give listeners an eargasmic experience that will transcend boundaries and broaden traditional approaches to hip hop as we know it.