15 questions for Koos Kombuis


15 questions for Koos Kombuis

He would love to send Richard Branson's book Screw It, Let's Do It to President Cyril Ramaphosa, the seasoned musician and author told LAUREEN ROSSOUW. His new book, It's Always Friday Somewhere in the Universe (Naledi), is a space age fable inspired by Robinson Crusoe and will be available shortly.


1. Bovril or Marmite?

No one I know has ever tasted Bovril.

2. What do you listen to in the car?

My car radio has broken.

3. What is your biggest fear?

The next appointment with my dentist.

4. Favourite poem and poet.

“Winternag” by Eugène Marais.

5. Have you ever forgotten a song's lyrics in the middle of a concert?

Not only in the middle, but also at the beginning and the end.

6. How do you see the role of Afrikaans in the future?

Afrikaans is going to become weird and wonderful.

7. Which leading Afrikaans muso is completely underrated? And who is overrated? Why?

I am overrated. All the others are underrated.  

8. Is there a character in fiction with whom you identify? Or wish you were?

Adrian Mole, especially the older Adrian Mole of The Cappuccino Years.

9. Trait in yourself that you like least?

Sometimes I drink too much brandy. And sometimes too little.


10. Choose a famous person, then choose a book to give him/her.

I would like to send Cyril Ramaphosa a copy of Richard Branson's Screw It, Let's Do It.

11. Favourite South African writer(s)?


12. Which of the younger generation of singers would you like to co-lab with?

I really enjoyed singing with the young band Millennium, but I lost my voice because I had to sing too loudly with a rock band.

13. If you could assemble a supergroup of living and deceased South African musicians, who would you choose?

Singer: James Phillips. Lead guitar: Anton La’mour. Bass guitar: Schalk Joubert. Drummer: Dirk Ace (and if he can't make it, Dapper Jannie).

14. Do you have pets, and if so, what are their names?

My cats' names are Kietsie and Minki (as in Minki van der Westhuizen). (It wasn't my idea.)

15. Name the songs you would like to be played at your funeral. And why.

They can play whatever the hell they want because I won't be able to hear it.

♦ VWB ♦

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