Bittereinder formed in 2009, immediately began work on their first album ‘n Ware Verhaal (A True Story), and released it through Rhythm Records in October 2010. The album won a SAMA (South African Music Award) for Best Alternative Afrikaans Album of 2011, and was nominated for 2 Tempo Awards and 3 MK Awards. The 4 singles and videos from the first album all hit number 1 spots on the MK Top 10 and various radio stations across South Africa. Bittereinder released their 2nd album DIE DINKDANSMASJIEN in November 2012, and again the first 3 singles reached number 1 positions on radio and video charts across South Africa. DIE DINKDANSMASJIEN was also nominated for a SAMA, an MK Award and a Tempo Award. Between the 2 albums Bittereinder have collaborated with Jack Parow, Chris Chameleon, Tumi Molekane (Tumi & the Volume), Inge Beckmann (Lark/Beast), Hunter Kennedy (Fokofpolisiekar/Die Heuwels Fantasties), Toast Coetzer (Buckfever Underground), Dutch rapper Tim Beumers, Richard Brokensha (ISO) and legendary Capetonian rapper HemelBesem amongst many others. Bittereinder has established a solid live reputation over the past 4 years of performances at festivals in South Africa, the Netherlands, Mozambique and Namibia, and were nominated for 2013 & 2014’s MK Award for “Best Live Act”. Bittereinder won the 2013 “Best Local Band” Rekord Award. In August 2013 Bittereinder featured prominently on a CNN show called “Inside Africa”, in an episode about cultural diversity in South Africa, specifically in the capital city, Pretoria. The episode featured clips from many of Bittereinder’s live shows, music videos, and an in-depth interview with Jaco about growing up as an Afrikaner in the 1990s. Bittereinder have also appeared and performed live on e-TV’s hip hop show “Shiz Niz”, SABC 2’s Afrikaans soapie “7de Laan”, 5FM’s “live @ 5”, Kyknet’s “Kwêla”, Kyknet’s “Hoor-Hoor!”, Kyknet’s “Fiesta”, numerous times on MK’s live show “Studio 1”, featured in a collaboration with acapella group The Soil on SABC 2’s music fusion show “Jam Sandwich”, recorded a collaboration with The Plastics & Jon Savage for 5FM’s Mashlab in 2013, as well as being awarded the honour of being the Opening Act at the 2012 Pendoring Awards in Cape Town, and performing in the Pendoring Awards show again in 2013. Bittereinder also performed at the 2013 and 2014 Tempo Awards. Jaco hosted the 2013 MK Awards (with Bouwer Bosch), and Bittereinder opened the award show as well as being the “house band” during the live broadcast of the award ceremony from the South African State Theatre.