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DE WET, Wouter. Koos Kombuis: Ikonoklas na ikoon. Historia [online]. 2019, vol.64, n.2, pp.156-177. ISSN 2309-8392.

The Afrikaans author and musician, Koos Kombuis, is widely regarded as an icon today. In the 1980s, however, he was a fringe figure, arguably even an iconoclast of the Afrikaner establishment. How did this transformation from iconoclast to icon happen over time? Kombuis began his career as poet and author in the 1980s. He found himself as a leading figure of the so-called Tagtiger movement in Afrikaans literature, and in 1989 he participated in the Voëlvry tour which entrenched his image as an Afrikaner iconoclast. His literature and music of this particular decade attempted to overthrow the accepted norms and values of the reigning Afrikaner establishment. The early 1990s saw certain changes in the broader South African socio-political context as well as in Kombuis personally. His image among Afrikaners started changing and as his career developed in the years since, he gradually obtained icon status. This article investigates Koos Kombuis's transformation from iconoclast to icon within Afrikaner society.

Palabras clave : Koos Kombuis; icon; iconoclast; Tagtigers; Voëlvry; Afrikaners; South Africa.

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