Jackal and the Wind is a four-piece indie/folk band from Stellenbosch, South Africa. Comprised of Christopher Kruger on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Cobus von Wielligh on bass, Peter Kruger on lead guitar and Johan Pretorius on drums, the band has been gaining steady acclaim since its inception in 2013. Their signature track, ‘The Ukulele Song’ put them on the map when it gained a cult following among the student demographic with 200 000+ impressions on SoundCloud and top honours on the Digital Forest Live Sessions in the same year.

The band’s whimsical name is reminiscent of the yearning of the jackal and the intangible emotion of a howling wind, and pays homage to their wish to whisk their listeners away to a world without boundaries by means of their emotive harmonies.

We had a chat to Chris Kruger:

How long have you all known each other? How did you meet?

My brother, Peter Kruger is the lead guitarist. Myself and Peter have been making music since primary school. Cobus von Wielligh is our bass guitarist and we played in a band together in high school, and Johan Pretorius, our drummer, used to be in drum line with Peter.

How did you come up with the idea for ‘The People Sing’ song?

The People Sing (our first official single) was written at our house in Paarl – the house lies deep onto the Paarl Mountain. Every year we throw a party at our house and the song was inspired by the wind dancing among the trees and how music and nature have a very special relationship. I find a lot of inspiration in nature. That particular party I didn’t want to be at, so the lyrics “the trees come down now to sing with me”, was inspired through leaves of the trees rustling through the wind.

How has your music evolved since you first began in 2013 to ‘The People Sing’?

I think our music is ever evolving. The People Sing was very different to our previous releases, and I think our audience enjoys seeing a different side of us.

How would you describe the sound of Jackal and the Wind?

We told ourselves we never want to be classified as a band with a certain genre/sound. A lot of bands these days have been releasing music for a while and each time you can distinctly hear who it is. Our sound is always changing as life is always changing, but our roots will always be in traditional South African sounds.

What has been your biggest challenge as a band in South Africa?

The biggest challenge in the South African music industry is its size. Because it is such a small scene, there is a lot of good bands out there. Being said, the size of our scene is also its biggest positive, as the fans are truly supportive.

What’s the most bizarre thing to happen while you were on stage?

All our university gigs are pretty bizarre. We have a cult following in Stellenbosch, and they have supported us from the beginning.

What artists would you love to collaborate with, and why?

At the moment we are really loving Nomadic Orchestra. They are a true inspiration in the scene.

Where can people find you next?

We are currently on our Finding Home Tour, upcoming shows:

We’re also planning on releasing our first full-length album early 2017!