almarie du preez
Almarie du Preez is a singer/songwriter, pianist, radio & TV presenter, actress and blogger/writer. She obtained both her Honours degree in Psychology and Masters Degree in Music Therapy from the University of Pretoria. After the completion of her honours, she worked at Absa Bank head office for six years as a Human Resources Consultant/ Psychometrist. Her formal music training includes the completion of the UNISA GRADE VIII final piano exam and classical vocal training from Lorraine Havemann. While performing as a solo singer, she is better known for her musical collaboration & music videos with Bouwer Bosch from the band STRAATLIGKINDERS where she composed an acoustic version for their song KAN EK MET JOU DANS. She is also known as the lead singer for the rock band FRIDAY & THE HYPE. She also acts as a worship leader/ pianist at Moreleta Park Church (Pretoria), with regular performances at weddings and corporate gigs. To date Almarie has performed with various artists including Bouwer Bosch, Wake to Wonder, Robbie Wessels, Stella, Christiaan Kritzinger, Sheraaz Band and Deon Meiring from Glaskas. As an actress, Almarie starred in a few episodes of the soap GENERATIONS for her role as Angelique – a British fashion editor (2011) and BINNELANDERS for her role as Monique – Personal Assistant for Hannon (2012). In 2016 she played the lead in a feature film THE ROAR co-starring Heinz Winckler (to be released October 2017). As radio presenter Almarie conducts a weekly hour-long program on Radio Pulpit 657AM where she interview different artists/ musicians/ actors or sports personalities each week. As MC Almarie has been the host for events ranging from FINESSE VROUE WAT GLO functions to Mr & Mrs Affies school functions. In 2015 she became a field presenter for the kykNET TV Programme JAM and since beginning 2016 she is now the main anchor presenter for JAM on kyknetNOU! In January 2016 she co-hosted the TV programme JUKEBOX with Jak de Priester, which is broadcasted live. In 2016 she acted as a music reviewer for FINESSE magazine, with her reviews published in their monthly edition. She is also one of their online bloggers and is currently co-writing one of their books to be released later 2017. Recent career highlights include: *First lead role in a feature film – THE ROAR co-starring Heinz Winckler (2016) * Becoming the anchor presenter for JAM on kyknetNOU! *SARIE Voorbladgesig TOP 10 Finalist (2014); *Song KLAPSOEN with Bouwer Bosch (Strikdas movie soundtrack 2015), song STORIE (Mooirivier soundtrack 2015) * Solo concert ALMARIEVIRALTYD performed at the Atterbury Theatre (2013), performing as a solo artist in two Atterbury Theatre productions (2015 - Ons Sal Sing; Ladies Night Out). With a rich background in both the arts and business side of life, a warm personality and a broad interest in people and places, it is Almarie’s ambition to use as much of her creativity as possible. While being currently active with presenting and musical performances, she still dreams about a role in a locally produced film and to finish her debut album for which the first single will be released in 2017.