Koos du Plessis, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Koos du Plessis

South African musician

Date of Birth: 10-May-1945

Place of Birth: Rustenburg, North West, South Africa

Date of Death: 15-Jan-1984

Profession: writer, poet, singer, author, songwriter

Nationality: South Africa

Zodiac Sign: Taurus

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About Koos du Plessis

  • Jacobus (Koos) Johannes du Plessis (10 May 1945 – 15 January 1984) was a prominent South African singer-songwriter and poet, colloquially known as Koos Doep.
  • Although he received critical acclaim for much of his work, he became best known for the runaway success of a rendition of his song "Kinders van die Wind" ("Children of the Wind") by Laurika Rauch. Koos du Plessis was born in Rustenburg.
  • He was the youngest of four children, and grew up in the mining town of Springs.
  • After school, he attended the University of Pretoria, and the University of the Witwatersrand, majoring in Afrikaans-Nederlands (Afrikaans-Dutch).
  • At university he met his future wife, Mornay.
  • The couple had three daughters, Irma, Karien and Karla.
  • Koos would eventually write a song for each of these four women in his life. Koos worked as journalist and editor for several Afrikaans publications (Oggendblad, Die Vaderland, Die Nataller and Die Transvaler).
  • He died in a motorcar accident close to Krugersdorp during the early morning hours of 15 January 1984.

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