Koos Kombuis

Afrikaans Singer - Cape Town
Koos Kombuis

 

Being given a humorous stage name as well as his pen name, Koos (sounding like "koo-iss") is a shortened version for the common name "Jacobus" / "Jakobus", but is also Afrikaans slang for a chamber pot and Kombuis means "Kitchen" in Afrikaans. This stuck to him from his childhood nickname which was "Koos", and he got his last name from a time when he squatted in the kitchen of former drug-dealer and author Al Lovejoy.

His musical influences citied are namely Bob Dylan, Neil Young as well as ex-Beatles George Harrison and John Lennon. Having a raw musical style, Kombuis often accompanies himself only with his acoustic guitar and backing rock band known as "Die Warmblankes" ("The Almost Drunk / Mellow Whites", a play on the Afrikaans word 'armblankes' (poor whites).

The South African musician, singer, songwriter and writer Koos Kombuis (born André le Roux du Toit, 5 November 1954) became famous as part of a group of anti-establishment maverick Afrikaans musicians, who, under the collective name of Voëlvry (directly translated meaning "Free as a bird"; in Afrikaans "voëlvry" is synonymous to the words "fugitive" and "outlaw"), toured campuses across South Africa in the 1980s, to "liberate Afrikaans from the shackles of its past". Fellow musicians of this movement were Johannes Kerkorrel and Bernoldus Niemand (James Phillips).

They were a younger generation Afrikaner who didn't believe in apartheid and didn't toe the ruling National Party line. This movement coined the term "Alternative Afrikaner" for themselves. The guru of Afrikaans rock music and father of non-conformist Afrikaans culture, Kombuis is something of an icon among certain South Africans who consider him.

Koos Kombuis is considered by some as one of the best lyricists in South African music today. One of his most popular hits is "Lisa se Klavier" ("Lisa's Piano"), which has been covered by Laurika Rauch and The Parlotones.

 

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