The legendary Koos Kombuis free’d up some time for The Beard. We chatted about old habits, new skills and the generations of musos who challenge and inspire everyday.
1. What is it about Park Acoustics that makes you return to the sunny Pretoria stage every time?
I love the open air feel of these gigs, and, especially since this one takes place in mid-winter, it would be nice to escape the Cape drizzles!
2. You are playing at Park Acoustics on the 26th of July with quite a newer line-up than what you’ve played with before. Do you enjoy the constantly changing line-up?
Since I perform solo at park acoustics almost all the time, it makes no actual difference to my own set who is in the lineup. However, the different faces keep the program fresh and exciting, and some of these guys I haven’t seen in a while, like Bacchus Nel. It would be nice to say hallo again!
3. You’ve played with such a variety of artists over the years, what are some of the differences you’ve picked up on between today’s artists and those you started out with?
There is a bewildering variety of artists today, compared to the local music of years ago. The strong points of today’s music is probably the many different approaches and experimentation. The strong point of yesteryear’s music, if I could mention one, was that back then we were probably stronger on melody. Then again, there are of course exceptions.
4. Are there any local artists you have been listening to recently?
I have listened to Andra’s music a lot lately, and I love the hip-hop album by Churchil Naude.
5. What are some of the biggest things you’ve learned from the ‘new kids on the block’ of SA music?
Last time I played at one of these open air gigs, I watched the set by Deep Fried Man, and he inspired me to write a satire of an old Marianne Faithful song, and dedicate it to Victor Matfield. The younsters made me realise that literally everything is possible.
6. Do you play around with any new music styles?
I’m too old to learn new music tricks, but I do experiment with new topics.
7. Is there something interesting you are working on at the moment, music or otherwise?
My new collection of Afrikaans columns will be out shortly at Penguin SA, look out for it! It’s called Ver in die Wereld Sushi.
Watch Koos Kombuis be a legend at at the Voortrekker Monument for Park Acoustics on the 26th of July.