A Bit of History
"I try not to be part of the crowd, but the reason for it."
- R A Y N E
Born on April 23rd, 1998
From a very young age, R A Y N E displayed a great passion for music and theatre; he starred as ‘Danny’ in his pre-school’s production of “Grease” where he first discovered his love for performing. Throughout both primary and high school he continued to participate in as many activities as he could, receiving accolades and praise for many of his achievements.
At the age of 11 he joined the Tshwane Youth Theatre, where he starred in a few productions including the group’s rendition of the classic “Wizard of Oz”. While having a great passion for theatre and acting, R A Y N E’s true love was music, and he began shifting his focus away from theatre and more towards musical activities.
At the age of 14, R A Y N E taught himself to play the piano, on a small Casio keyboard which his parents had gifted to him for his birthday after seeing his dedication and passion for music. He spent countless hours learning songs and compositions, and honing his musical skill whenever he could find the time. At 15, he partook in the Barnyard Theatre’s “Search for Talent” competition, and made it all the way to the Grand Finals, where he earned himself the awards for ‘Best Performer’ and ‘Best New Talent’. He started performing at various venues and open mic nights shortly after. In 2014, at the age of 16, R A Y N E was offered a contract with the Barnyard Theatre for an upcoming production, which would be performed over weekends. R A Y N E spent his days as an average teen in a public High School, his evenings at home writing songs, playing piano or performing whatever shows he could and his weekends at the Barnyard Theatre for the next 2 years.
On July 26, 2015, R A Y N E held his first independent solo show at the Parkview Barnyard Theatre’s ‘Musiekskuur’ venue, which sold out. He put on a 2 hour live show, with a threepiece band and it came to a successful end. Numerous audience members requested details for future shows.In 2016, R A Y N E opened for the Parlotones, an esteemed and successful South African band. R A Y N E received positive remarks and praise from both the audience and the band. He then went on to perform at Afrikaans singer, Dozi’s events at his personal venue where he joined the likes of Kurt Darren, Chris Chameleon, Corlea Botha, Bok van Blerk and a multitude of other well-established South African artists onstage, once again holding his own and receiving praise for his artistic and musical prowess.
Since then he has been offered multiple contracts with the Barnyard Theatre, and has been consistently performing at least 6 to 7 nights a week for the past 3 years. He has been extremely well received by the audiences at the Barnyard Theatre, and has built quite the reputation, building up a fan base who would regularly come to the Barnyard just to see him perform.
In 2019 R A Y N E went on to perform several shows abroad, including a tour to Mauritius in June and a tour to Zambia in November. He also performed at the Alberton Day Music Festival in October, on two of the three days on which the festival took place.
In September 2019 R A Y N E decided to step off the stage at The Barnyard Theatre, planning to devote all of his time and resources to pursue his career as a solo artist. On 26 November 2020 he released his debut single “Laat Dit Reën” which went no. 1 on two charts, and was among the Top 10 of multiple others, including ‘SFM Streek Radio’ and ‘Springbok IRC’.