Merique is a singer/songwriter with many years experience in the entertainment industry. She has a special passion for the elderly and people with disabilities and often performs at charitable events and fundraisers.
In 2012 she held 2 choreographed, sold out shows as fundraisers to represent South Africa at the World Championships of Performing Arts in Hollywood, where she went on to be the "Champion of the World Division Winner" for the age group 18-24. She also won the highly acclaimed "Industry Award", only awarded to contestants that judges felt were "industry ready".
In 2014, Merique released her first single, “Butterfl-eyes”, which caught the attention of the VP of A&R at Lunacy Records in Oklahoma City, OK, USA and in August of the following year, she was invited to the States to record a collaborative album at their studio (Studio 7) in Oklahoma.
Merique’s first commercially released album, "The Coming Dawn", was released in February 2016 and later made it's way onto the 59th Grammy Award ballots for Album of the Year, Best Rock Album, Best Rock Song ("Nothing You Can Do") and Song of the Year ("Nothing You Can Do").
Some highlights from 2017 include her performance at Emirates Airlines Park Stadium in front of 30 000 rugby fans, her album “The Coming Dawn” winning an Akademia Award for best Pop/Rock Album and her single, “Rivers”, winning a Bronze medal in the Global Music Awards and the Akademia Award for Best Pop/Rock Song.
In 2018 “Rivers” dominated the Number 1 spot for multiple weeks on an Australian radio station's (Die Strandloper Radio) Top 5. “Nat Stof” soon followed in its footsteps. Merique’s newest album “Good’s Gonna Come” was released in 2019, following the release of “Beauty Queen”, a single from the album, that again shot to the number 1 spot on the Australian radio station's Top 5 and broke the record for being the first song ever to be in the number 1 spot for more than 5 consecutive weeks.
Although COVID 19 was very unexpected and devastating to the entertainment industry, she continued to live out her dream by doing online shows while gatherings and festivals were prohibited in South Africa.
At the height of the pandemic, Merique had a very welcome distraction in the form of Johannes Rabie, who she married in September of 2021. The happy couple now reside in Emalahleni (Witbank) Mpumalanga, where Merique is continuing to live out her dream.