Koos Kombuis - Bloedrivier

2009-05-25 13:00
 
Bloedrivier
 
You will hear Koos angry, but he’s been that before. You will hear him rock out, again not for the first time. But has he ever, ever been so… right? And I’m talking about the music here, which is remarkable.

The English songs still suck, but for the most part, the album is a sequence of those wondrous occasions when Koos gets things right. Opener "Fokkol", the arguably unpatriotic (and unarguably lekker) rock anthem you heard first on 24.com, is on a one way ticket to being played (and banned) anywhere you can order a brannewyn in Mzanzi.

"Reconciliation Day" is no radio hit, but it says more about the anger of many Afrikaners than Die Burger ever can. The incredibly dramatic number features the roars of K.O.B.U.S’ Francois Blom, operatic backing vocals by Lente Louw and soaring guitar solos. It’s as close to Meat Loaf as Koos will ever get.
Bloedrivier also sees the return of Koos’ favourite genre: gatskeer blues. In his signature style, he takes on the ANC and Eskom in “Fat Cat Piete (ANC Tiete)” and the not-so-hidden track, an ode to Johannes Kerkorrel’s “Sit dit Af”. A special bullet is reserved for the President: “Ou Mbeki ek sal wed / Dat jy ‘n generator het.” Clearly, we are not in Klerksdorp anymore.

Why did he come back? It’s been five years since he last recorded an album, and many more since he’s been so pissed off. “Fokkol” begins like this: “Welkom op die airport, dis die jaar 2010; Julle’s seker hier om die sokker games te sien”. But before long the kind words give way to a sea of fokkol. Smell a metaphor, do you? Koos Kombuis, one of the staunchest believers in the rebirth of the country, was more disappointed than most when the milk started turning sour. And he thinks he knows who to blame.

I wish race could be kept out of this. And if by general consensus Bloedrivier was no more than a racially-inclusive club for everyone who wants to stick their tongue out at our national leadership, it could be. But there will be disagreement, and oh-so-much finger pointing.

Let it be, whatever. But don’t turn down the music, because in Bloedrivier, we have one of the best soundtracks to the struggles of the new-new South Africa to date.

- Niel Bekker

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Koos has realised something: it’s us versus them. The Rainbow Nation has become a Bloedrivier, he says, the title of his new collection of protest songs. But not like you think. Koos Kombuis has always seen ‘them’ as those with power, and ‘us’ as those with less, especially those with none.


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Johan Verwey 2008/04/07 8:12 AM
Afrikaans review? Hoe lyk dit Niel en 24.com - wat van 'n Afrikaanse resensie oor 'n Afrikaanse kunstenaar. Dis tog ons wat die albums koop?
Niel Bekker 2008/04/07 9:15 AM
Ek hoor wat jy sê Hallo Johan, dit is 'n goeie idee. Ons oorweeg juis om 'n afrikaanse site te begin in die volgende paar maande.
Goda 2008/04/07 9:17 AM
ons? Not true, Johan. Both English and Afrikaans people buy Koos Kombuis's music. And it's always been that way. My adolescence was partly defined by Voelvry and that crowd and I own six of Koos' CDs.
soundbite 2008/04/07 9:53 AM
blabla Koos Kombuis is useless. He has completely sold out everyting that he stood for in the late 80s. Stay in the suburbs your lowlife conservative fool.
Pete 2008/04/07 10:49 AM
Not a sell out Koos is an artist and a social commentator I don't see that he has sold out at all ... where as previously he was commenting on the AWB tiete now he's cleverly revised his lyrics to bring attention to another concern! Saw him in concert end of last year with his new material ... loved it!
Uncle 2008/04/07 12:23 PM
Soundbitten The Dust Don't be a silly, narrow-minded, opinionated fool "soundbite". Koos Kombuis is a legend of human rights and social expression, nevermind music. What has he sold exactly? In the 80s he commented on the injustices which prevailed in our country. Today, he is doing the same. Injustice is still Injustice, no matter which hand commits it. Long Live Koos!
Leon 2008/04/07 12:37 PM
Shame Ja die ou Koos darem. As 'n baie basiese musikant was hy nie sleg nie, maar sy pogings om intellektueel te wees, is 'n totale flop. Sy sosiale kommentaar ontbloot keer-op-keer sy diepe onkunde oor die lewe in die algemeen en die politiek in die besonder. Siestog.
SlimPiet 2008/04/07 1:15 PM
julle weet f...ol Shame Leon en blabla soundbite, julle weet vet mooi nokkol van die nuwe struggle en van ons ou held Koos A Kombuis, so shurrup
s 2008/04/07 1:28 PM
made my point SlimPiet has made my point. Koos Kombuis is part of the so-called "new struggle" of the rightwing fascists. Say no more. Koos should have retired in 1990. Kerkorrel would be spinning in his grave to listen to this garbage....
Boertjie 2008/04/07 2:41 PM
Imposters Eienaardig dat die Cape Dutch ("Afrikaaners") altyd moet maak asof húlle die ouens is wat per ossewa getrek en by Bloedrivier geveg het... Ek wens dat Koos liewers gebly het waar hy was toe hy laas homself verloor het.
Fokkol 2008/04/07 4:05 PM
Koos' Fokkol Fokkol
Dagger 2008/04/07 4:15 PM
Kosie Kosie jou dosie
r 2008/04/07 4:35 PM
dankie Koos dankie Koos dat jy vir ongeregtigheid baklei...net soos ons land al hoe meer stink van rasisme teenoor die blanke nasie weet ons darem dat daar mense soos jy is wat met jou musiek daarteen sal opstaan.Die idiote wat dit nie in jou musiek kan in sien nie sal vinnig sy woorde sluk as hulle groot ouers op die plase vermoor en hulle vrouens verkrag word. Lank lewe Koos die boer van beton!
Vic 2008/04/07 5:20 PM
Hou op tjank! Koos Kombuis se laaste liedjie van groot waarde was Lize se Klavier en na Voëlvry, twee decades gelede, was daar regtig geen bydra wat hy musikaal gemaak het nie. Maar hey, dankie daarvoor, dit was van reuse waarde. As mens luister nie hierdie clips is dit asof die fantastiese groei in Afrikaanse musiek na die groote Kerkorrel heeltemal by hom verby gegaan het. Luisters na die clips, flippen hel, dis dekades oud. Die gehuil in jou hemp as jy social kommentaar wil lewer is deesdae kinderagtig – rock eerder man. Sy sosiale kommentaar is so voorspelbaar – Eskom? Die 2010 stadione? – hullo? Waas jou verbeelding. Koos jy het net nie die ballas nie. Kom in Bok! Kom in! Hy moet ophou teer op sy "struggle credentials" van daai tyd, ons almal was daar en het gedoen wat hulle gedoen het. En die “Ooo ek is so liberal/Dan is ek nie ‘n liberal nie” houding in Rapport is ‘n joke – jou “liberalisme” is deursigtig. Mense beweeg aan, en gryp hierdie nuwe issues van die huidige tyd by di
Bernard 2008/04/07 5:32 PM
Great CD! Werklik een van Koos se bestes. Lekker rock 'n roll en iets om oor te dink. Schalk Joubert vestig hom as producer hiermee. Aan Boertjie en Vic...suur druiwe?
Jaco 2008/04/07 10:27 PM
Koos, Koos, Koos... Het jy regtig gedink dat jou geweenklaag in jou vorigge gedaante as liberaal sou enigge iets anders as die huidigge situasie tot gevolg bring. Dit kan nie nou verander word deur enigge gekla van jou kant af nie want jou Audience is nou die magtelose Afrikaner. Sluk die gevolge...
Jannie 2008/04/07 10:50 PM
Ja Koos Shame, het jy ook nou die lig gesien, maar was jy nie ook een van daai groot viva nuwe Suid Afrika voorbokke nie.....jou dwaas!!!
Donovan 2008/04/07 10:57 PM
Hallo? Is daar iemand in die k@khuis? Dit was een van Koos se bestes. Ek het nog nie bloedrivier geluister nie, so laat ek stilbly. Maar oor die liberaal kommentaar, ja, waar is al die liberale vandag wat so naief was om te glo dat die ANC werklik vir vryheid en demokrasie, en nie gierigheid en mag baklei het nie? Ag, aan die anderkant, ons almal maak foute, en dis maklik om ander s'n raak te sien. Maar nou is ons almal saam in die gemors en daar is net een manier om dit op te los, en dis ook saam. Date 'n meid. Eks ernstig.
MB 2008/04/08 8:19 AM
Die kommentaar Die komentaar is net so sad soos die review en se vir my meer oor wat fout is in SA as wat enige Koos liedjie doen. Bejammer julself en wys vinger en hunker rustig voort. Onthou net dit wat fout gegaan het maak nie dit wat fout was skielik reg nie en om net altyd dwars te kla is ook maar ook fokken irriterend.
DJ eM 2008/04/08 10:06 AM
Gooi Mielies, Koos Jip, daar is f.kken baie f.kkol in SA. Ons sing saam en stem saam. Gooi, Koos. Dis lekker.
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