Koos Kombuis

September 6, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
cafe Roux Noordhoek

Koos Kombuis


Koos Kombuis (born André le Roux du Toit, November 5, 1954) is a South African musician, singer, songwriter and author who became famous as part of a group of antiestablishment maverick Afrikaans musicians, who, under the collective name of Voëlvry (“voëlvry” is synonymous to the word “fugitive”), toured campuses across South Africa in the 1980’s, to “liberate Afrikaans from the shackles of its past”. Fellow musicians of this movement were Johannes Kerkorrel (Ralph Rabie) 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.  Kombuis is somewhat of an icon among South Africans, who consider him the father of non-conformist Afrikaans culture.

He cites Bob Dylan, Neil Young as well as ex-Beatles George Harrison and John Lennon as musical influences. His musical style is folky and raw.  Kombuis often accompanies himself only with his acoustic guitar, but sometimes uses a backing rock band with world-renown musicians Schalk Joubert, Albert Frost and Kevin Gibson. He has also performed with musicians such as Stef Bos, Vusi Mahlasela, Rocco de Villiers, Syd Kitchen, Louis Mhlanga, Amanda Strydom, Laurika Rauch, and many more.

Koos Kombuis is considered one of the best lyricists in South African music. One of his most popular hits is “Lisa se Klavier”, which has been covered by Laurika Rauch and The Parlotones and translated into Dutch, Portuguese and English. He has collaborated with the Belgian artist Stef Bos on two albums and Stef has recorded Koos’ song “Onder in My Whiskeyglas”.

Koos is also known as an author and columnist for several South African publications. He is known for his sharp satirical style, never to waiver from tackling even the holiest of holy cows and the ability to bring his readers from fits of hysterical giggles to the brink of tears. He has published several novellas, an autobiography, memoires of the Voëlvry Movement, volumes of poetry, short stories and compilations of his columns.