Hie’ Kommie Bokke – Leon Schuster
Okay, so I’m about 5 months too late with this one, but hey we’re World Champs and it still feels good. I am sure that Leon Schuster’s ‘Hie’ Kommie Bokke’ was played more than a few times on 2 November 2019 when Siya Kolisi and the boys took to the field and blew the English Rugby team away. Some, like me, may even have been singing Johnny Clegg’s ‘Impi’ and changing the words to ‘Mapimpi’. But one thing is for sure, South Africans love rugby.
Leon was not the first to sing about rugby, there are many examples out there of rugby songs, The Bats’ ‘Groen en Goud’ and David Kramer’s ‘Hak Hom Blokkies’ immediately come to mind. But there are other rugby references in local song with Laurika Rauch’s ‘Stuur Groote Aan Mannetjies Roux’ and Roger Lucy’s band Tighthead Fourie & The Loose Forwards being 2 examples. And then their’s Gé Korsten’s ‘Liefling’ which is indelibly linked to the game.
Schuster first released this sing-a-long song back in 1995 when South Africa played in their first ever Rugby World Cup (and I don’t need to remind you that we won it!) and the song, like Kramer’s ‘Hak Hom Blokkies’, has entered the national psyche. It’s not his singing voice that makes the song, neither is it his pretty good rapping that does it. It’s the joy and catchiness of it that made it what it is. The chorus is easy to sing along to and the song is easy to dance to. I am sure that Schuster and his heirs will continue to enjoy royalties from this song for a long time to come as long as the Bokke continue to be a world force in the game.
Where to find it:
Hie’ Kommie Bokke – Leon Schuster (1995), RPM, CDRPM1436