Bouwer Bosch is a well known name in the South African music and entertainment industry. He is best known as the lead singer of the SAMA nominated and multi award-winning group Straatligkinders since 2006, and member of the duo group Dans Dans Lisa, with Deon Meiring of the band Glaskas. In later years, Bouwer has also emerged as an actor and solo artist.
Born in Pretoria in 1984 and raised in Potchefstroom where he matriculated at Potchefstroom Gimnasium in 2002, Bouwer relocated back to Pretoria in 2003 where he worked for 13th Floor, a Christian company specialising in the performing arts. In 2005 he spent 5 months in the USA where he worked for an organisation ‘Christ in Youth’ and specialised in drama. Bouwer started his BA Communications degree at the North West University (Potch) in 2006 and completed the degree in 2009. It was in these years that the band ‘Straatligkinders’ was formed and they released their first album in 2006.
Bouwer’s first solo album, ALMAL MAAK VOUTE, was released in 2011. Produced by Wynand Delport, the album is best described as Afrikaans pop rock with a new edge including a couple of tongue-in-cheek tracks only as can be expected from Bouwer Bosch. Bouwer also collaborated with some renowned artists in the SA music industry on his debut full length album ,including Steve Hofmeyer, Jaco van der Merwe of Bittereinder and Lindie Delport of Anders.
Bouwer received a Ghoema Award Nomination for ‘Beste Nuweling‘ in 2012 for ‘Almal Maak Voute’, as well as a MK Award Nomination in 2013 for Best Solo for the video for (K)anker. Bouwer also MC’ed the prestigious MK Award Ceremony in 2013 with Jaco van der Merwe, and the two of them also performed (K)anker live at the event.
In 2013, Bouwer made his film acting debut by playing the character of shellshocked Brian - a talented cameraman who has just returned from Afghanistan, alongside Afrikaans stalwarts such as Hykie Berg, Anel Alexander and many more in the movie Klein Karoo. Klein Karoo was released in February 2013. Bouwer was also seen in the KykNet series Donkerland and Ligte Kamera Liefde later that year and ended the year with an appearance in renowned film, Pad Na Jou Hart.
2014 turned out to be a big year for Bouwer Bosch. It started out with him MC’ing the prestigious MK Awards Ceremony for a second year in a row. His production company, Bouwer Bosch Films (co-owned by publicist Rachelle Crous), won Best Film in this year’s Silwerskerm Fees for their short film, Vuil Wasgoed, directed by Bouwer and Bennie Fourie.
Bouwer was seen as the presenter of a new traveling program on ASTV, entitled Agterpad, where he visited small towns across South Africa. He is also currently one of the presenters of KykNet’s Vrydag Nag Laat, their latest chat show broadcasted on Friday nights.
2014 also saw the release of two controversial songs from Bouwer, the first a song titled ‘God’ released in August, which reached more than 100 000 views on YouTube within the first 3 days. The second, ‘Kleurblind’ released in November, which not only reached more than 30 000 views already, but also made the front page of Beeld Newspaper in the first week of its release. The songs deal with topics such as religion and racism in South Africa respectively. Bouwer’s charity organisation Liefde Wen, started by him during the early years of Straatligkinders, also opened its first online store in 2014 with great success and contributing to various projects such as CANSA, etc.
Bouwer completed the scoring for Afrikaans film Strikdas in late 2014, and will also be seen in the movie Mooirivier, both films set for release in 2015.