Interviewed by Phathiswa Magangane
At the age of 25, Chris Werge [Vir-ga] can already say he’s launched a full-length album called Exposure; recently released a foot-thumping, heart-warming music video for his single On My Mind; taken part in the first South African edition of the highly acclaimed singing competition, “The Voice” with Bobby Van Jaarsveld as his mentor; and he casually served as the opening act for James Blunt during the Cape Town leg of his South African tour. How long has he been at this solo music career you ask? Just 8 months, officially. Granted, Chris has been involved with music since Grade 2, but it was only at the end of 2015 that he decided to put down his pencil as an industrial designer and trade it in for his guitar and a career as a full-time musician. “The theme for this month’s edition is identity, when people hear the name Chris Werge, what would you like to come to mind?” Undaunted by the possible complexity of this question, he calmly affirmed his humble and down-to-earth nature and replied, “I’d like People to think of me as a genuine guy.” So what role does God have to play in this talk of identity construction and realisation? For CW, it’s still a process: “I definitely haven’t got it made by any standard yet. I don’t think anybody has but that’s the beauty of faith, it’s a journey [and] it’s amazing that we have a Heavenly Father who never changes. He is always consistent no matter what.” It is our Awe-Inspiring Creator whom Chris wishes to show to the world through his music. “If I didn’t have the status, if I didn’t have Facebook and the likes, my page or my image, who am I as a person without any of that?” probes CW. It is so easy to get swept up in what others think of you when you don’t know who you are. So who is Chris Werge [Vir-ga], you ask? A God fearing, hard-working, and humble, Indie-folk, singer-songwriter from Cape Town gaining South Africa’s attention one song at a time.