Koos Kombuis AKA André Letoit
- Vêr van die Ou Kalahari

Shifty Records in partnership with Permanent Record are proud to announce André Letoit's [AKA Koos Kombuis] 1987 debut album "Vêr van die Ou Kalahari" on vinyl for the first time.

Vêr van die Ou Kalahari is the debut full-length by South African artist Koos Kombuis (released as André Letoit).

The album was recorded live onto two-track at Shifty Studios in May '87 and initially only released on cassette tape (and also immediately branded as "undesirable" by the then South African censorship board), three decades later the album sees its inaugural issue on black and also coloured (blue and white) wax.

The vinyl record was done in partnership with Permanent Record and is available in two colours – a classic black and a custom white & blue edition. The package also includes a printed lyric inner sleeve and is exclusively available through Permanent Record until the end of August.

Also available is a limited edition A2 poster (pictured left), drawn by the artist J.E. Foster, based on the original iconic photograph (taken by Joëlle Chesselet) of Letoit. 50 hand-numbered prints will be made and only 20 of these prints are signed by Letoit and will be exclusively available for order.

KOOS KOMBUIS / ANDRÉ LETOIT

Well-known punk author, pizza chef, chicken salesman, boemelaar and songwriter, Letoit’s life reads a little like a Hunter S Thompson novel. His first short story was banned in 1981. In the same year, he was involved in the first ever blasphemy trial in SA. These collections of songs tell us a little of the rest of the story and could certainly be collectively titled “Fear and Loathing in SA”.

Letoit’s songs, amongst other things, take an incisive, often humorous look at the bizarre times he lived through in the Eighties. This recording is simply Letoit plus about four chords, puisies and all. It was the really the first Voëlvry era album. It was produced to sound very much like the original demo we received from him, complete with bronchitis and spoken introductions.

Letoit has now become Koos Kombuis and is joined by Voëlvry friends in the studio to produce a fine album arranged by James Phillips. The kombuis in Letoit’s adopted name refers to the place where to a large degree the Afrikaans language was originated, the kitchen. “In die laat 80’s stem Shifty Records in om my eerste plaat uit te gee – Ver van die Ou Kalahari. Dit word dadelik deur die sensuurraad as “ongewens” gebrandmerk. Ek, Johannes Kerkorrel en Bernoldus Niemand, met die ondersteuning van Shifty Records en Vryeweekblad, en Dagga Dirk Uys in beheer van administratiewe sake, pak in 1989 die Voëlvry Toer aan. Ons het die idealistiese droom gehad om die Apartheid-regime met ‘n paar liedjies vol woede, bravade en vloekwoorde omver te werp. Ons speel op kampusse en in obskure sale landwyd en kom gou in die visier van die Veiligheidspolisie en ander Bewakers van Apartheid. Die invloed wat Voëlvry op die politieke bewussyn van die Afrikaanse jeug en latere Afrikaanse musikante gehad het, is al wyd bespreek en bestudeer, maar die persoonlike prys wat ons betaal het was hoog. Vriendskappe en verhoudings het in die slag gebly en die stigma van “alternatiewe musikant” sou vir altyd aan ons loopbane bly kleef soos ‘n ou poep.”

Vêr van die ou Kalahari

01. Ontug In Die Lug
02. Elmarie
03. Swart Transvaal
04. Voedsel vergiftiging
05. Lalie
06. Bar Op De Aar
07. Valerie
08. Vêr van die ou Kalahari
09. Coca Cola nooi
10. Lady van die bo dorp
11. Boer In beton

All tracks were recorded live onto two tracks at Shifty Studio in May 1987. I wanted the atmosphere of the recording to be just like the demo of these songs that Andre had sent me. So when he came up from Cape Town to do the recordings, I pointed him to the microphone, switched on the tape recorder and went and drank tea for an hour and a half. Apart from the kak quality raps that were taken from that original cassette, what you have in your hands is what happened in that fateful session, puisies and all. – The Producer, Lloyd Ross

Niemansland

01. Paronoïa
02. Liefdeskwêla
03. Liza Se Klavier
04. Bomskok Babelaas
05. Blond En Blou
06. Swart September
07. Babilon-Blues
08. Sweet Paradise
09. Kaalvoet
10. Onder In My Whiskyglas