Anton Goosen

Anton Goosen (born 5 March 1946)[1] is a South African musician and songwriter. He became a pivotal figure in Afrikaans music and is generally regarded as the father of Afrikaans Rock.[2][3]

Anton Goosen
Born (1946-03-05) 5 March 1946 (age 76)
GenresAfrikaans Folk/Rock
InstrumentsGuitar and voice

Early yearsEdit

As a young boy in school, Goosen was not considered 'bright'. At the age of 9, his teachers sought to place him in a class for mentally challenged children as his behaviour became disruptive. When he was 17, a guidance counsellor suggested to Goosen that he abandon his music career.[citation needed]

In 1963, Goosen was expelled from boarding school after being caught in a bath playing guitar and smoking. His guitar was confiscated and its case filled with bricks. Despite this, Goosen persevered and formed his high school's first rock band that same year.[4]

Goosen attended the Teachers Training College Heidelberg, and qualified in Special Education after which he taught school for awhile, and worked as a writer and reviewer for Beeld, before becoming a full-time song writer.[5]


Goosen wrote songs for other artists, most notably and prodigiously for Sonja Herholdt, but also for Carike Keuzenkamp, Laurika Rauch, Richard Clayderman, Francis Goya, and Koos Kombuis.[5] He released his own first album, Boy Van Die Suburbs, in 1979, and it sold over 80,000 copies.[5] He was noted for being the first to produce an album of his own works entirely in Afrikaans. He used irony and symbolism in his songs to protest against removals to Bantustans and to underline the injustices behind the Soweto riots.[5]

Goosen is noted for two films for which he wrote music and directed: 'n Brief vir Simone (1980) and Sing vir die Harlekyn (1980).[6] He wrote the theme music for Die Laaste Tango (2013), 'n Pawpaw vir my Darling (2016) and Siembamba (Lullaby) (2017). As early as 1980 Goosen was referred to as the father of the Afrikaans chanson.[7]



  • "Trompie" (1980) Theme from the TV Series 'Trompie' made from the books written by Topsy Smith
  • "Boy Van Die Suburbs" (1981)
  • "'n Brief Vir Simone" (1981) Theme from the film of the same name
  • "Deurdruk Dag Toe" (1981)
  • "Baai Baai Bokkie" (1983)


  • Boy Van Die Suburbs (1979)
  • 2de Laan 58 (1980)
  • Liedjieboer (1980)
  • Jors Troelie (1981)
  • Lappiesland (1985)
  • Liedjieboer In Die Stad/City (1986)
  • Winde Van Verandering (1988)
  • Danzer (1992)
  • Riviersonderend - 21 Greatest Hits (1994)
  • Bushrock (Of A White Kaffir In Africa) (1996)
  • Putonnerwater (1999)
  • 'n Vis Innie Bos (2001)
  • Anton en Vrinne Live in die Staatsteater 2003
  • Die Groen Blomme-projek 2005
  • 33 A-sides (Grootste treffers) 2008
  • 33 B-sides (getye van verandering) 2008
  • 33 Sea-sides (om te rock 'n roll) 2008
  • Volledig Vol 1 2014
  • Volledig Vol 2 2015
  • Volledig Vol 3 2016
  • Love Songs 2016
  • Padkos 2017
  • 40jaar liedjieboer innie langpad 2019

Appears OnEdit

  • Muses Op Besoek
  • Alternatief Op Sy Beste
  • Glenys Lynn Treffers
  • Jy Is My Liefling
  • Houtstok Rockfees
  • Die Beste Afrikaanse Album
  • Om Te Breyten
  • Geraas Musiek Toekennings
  • Vloek Van Die Kitaar


Year Award Category
1979 Sarie Award Best composition for Kruidjie-Roer-My-Nie
1979 Sarie Award Best Singer of the Year[8]
1999 ATKV Contribution to Afrikaans music DECLINED
2001 Geraas Lifelong contribution to Afrikaans music, Producer award "om te breyten"
2001 SAMA Album of the year for Om te Breyten
2003 SAMA Best Afrikaans album of the year for Vis innie bos
2005 Vonk Oskar for Groen Blomme
2006 Volksblad Artist of the year
2009 Academy of Arts and Science Centenary Medal
2009 SAMA Lifetime achievement award
2010 ATKV East Pretoria Songwriting award
2011 Voortrekkers Medal of Honour
2013 Inniebos Contribution to Afrikaans music
2016 Federasie van Afrikaanse Kultuur (F.A.K.) Lifelong achievement
2019 Krone Award


  1. ^ Welsyn, Willim (21 June 2012). "Q&A: Anton Goosen". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 23 June 2012. Retrieved 17 July 2012.
  2. ^ "10 Questions For: Anton Goosen". Cape Town Magazine. Archived from the original on 23 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Sonja Herholdt: Harlekyn". South Africa Foreign Songs: Reviews. Language Trainers. 17 December 2013. Archived from the original on 20 April 2016.
  4. ^ du Plessis, Jacques. "Anton Goosen". Open Languages. Archived from the original on 19 May 2014.
  5. ^ a b c d "Anton Goosen at Royal Show". Art Smart. 29 May 2017.
  6. ^ "Anton Goosen". IMDb. Archived from the original on 25 September 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2018.
  7. ^ van de Merwe, Schalk Daniël (2015), The dynamics of the interaction between music and society in recorded popular Afrikaans music, 1900 – 2015 (PDF), Dissertation, Stellenbosch University, p. 166, archived (PDF) from the original on 22 August 2018
  8. ^ Albert, Don (3 November 1979). "S. Africa's Sarie to Smith". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. p. 76.

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