|Real Name:||Francois Henning|
|Occupation:||Rapper, Singer, Television Personality|
|Date Of Birth/Age:||December 22, 1974 (45 Years Old)|
|Place of Birth:||Johannesburg, South Africa|
|Education:||Tshwane University of Technology|
Francois Henning aka Snotkop is a South African Afrikaans and Sotho language rapper famous for releasing music in various genres including Rap, Pop, Kwaito, and Sokkie. His amazing vocal talent earned him his first stage name, Lekgoa which is interpreted “White Guy” in the Sotho dialect.
Snotkop began his music career in 1999 after signing to Gallo Records as Lekgoa before switching to Snotkop (meaning ‘naughty boy’) a name given to him by his late father . From that time till now, he has released a total of 10 studio albums both as Lekgoa and as Snotkop. Snotkop has also won a number of awards and toured various parts of the world performing.
Francois Henning aka Snotkop was born in Zimbabwe by South African parents. He grew up in Randburg in the Gauteng Province of South Africa where he began singing at the age of 23.
Francois first went by the name, Lekgoa which he earned for his beautiful voice and later switched to Snotkop, a name given to him by his late father meaning “Naughty Boy”. He is known for releasing music in various genres including Kwaito, Pop, Rap, and Sokkie. He was introduced Kwaito music by a Township female friend named, Tili.
He grew up listening to the Township bubblegum music of the late Brenda Fassie, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Mercy Phakela and Afrikaaner icon, Koos Kombuis. Their music is a strong influence on his.
His music has spawned several albums including Ek Laaik Van Jol”. He has also released other successful albums including “So Damn Sexy”, “Oppas”, “Soos ‘n boss”, “HKGK”, “Sous”, and more. He is known for his energetic performances.
Snotkop has also released a number of hits including “Woestersous”, “Cool Soos Koos Kombuis”, “Rock My Amadeus”, “Kry Jouself By Die Werk”, “Ek Wens”, “Hiekies in Hartenbos”, “Loslap” and more. He is featured on various hit songs including “Stoomtrein” by Kurt Darren, MoniQue’s “Ek Val Vir Jou”, and more.
Snotkop is also a television personality; he presented the TV programme, Petrolkop on MK. The show featured various celebrities driving cars against each other in time trials.
Snotkop has never said much about his education, only that he is an alumni of Tshwane University of Technology.
Snotkop’s music is inspired by the daily lives of the people. He once revealed that he loves to sing “about the troubles of their lives” but doesn’t like to sound sad in his music. His music is also about South Africa.
Snotkop began his music career at the age of 15. He started off preparing demo CDs. While he was known as Lekgoa, and singing in the South African Kwaito genre he signed to Gallo Record Label and dropped two albums “Basetsana” in 1999 and “Ngamla Yoba” in 2002.
Following his name change from Lekgoa to Snotkop in 2005, he signed to Next Music Records Label and released his self-titled debut solo album, “Snotkop” (after breaking out from the 4-piece boy band formed when he changed his name).
In 2008, he released the followup to the album titled “So Damn Sexy”, and “Francois Henning Was Hier” in 2009.
In 2012, he was named the top selling South African artist in Africa following the release of his album “Ek Laaik Van Jol”. He has also released other successful albums including “Oppas”, “Soos ‘n boss”, “HKGK”, and “Sous”.
Snotkop has also released a few live and DVD albums over the years including;
•Spring Lewendig (Live Album and DVD) (2007)
•Die Beste Van Snotkop (Compilation album) (2011)
•Wille Videos (DVD) (2013)
He has become well known for releasing music videos and has quite a number of them including “Agter Op My Fiets”, “Rock My Amadeus”, “Raal Vir My Rustig”, “Woestersous”, “Ek Wens” and more. He has quite a list of hit songs to his name too.
Snotkop has been nominated for 9 MK, Tempo and Vonk Awards. He’s also been nominated for the “Best Afrikaans Pop Album” at the SAMAs. In 2009, he was nominated for “Best Afrikaans DVD” at the 15th annual South African Music Awards. In 2012, his very successful album “Ek Laaik Van Jol” won “Best Sokkie Dans Album” at the 18th South African Music Awards.
As Lekgoa, he released only two album, but has released a total of 8 albums as Snotkop.
- 2016: HKGK
- 2014: Soos ‘n boss
- 2013: Wille Videos” (DVD)
- 2012: Oppas
- 2011: Ek Laaik van jol!
- 2011: Die Beste Van Snotkop (Compilation album)
- 2009: Francois Henning Was Hier
- 2008: So Damn Sexy
- 2007: Spring Lewendig (Live album and DVD)
- 2005: Snotkop
- 2002: Ngamla Yoba
- 1999: Basetsana
Raak Vir My Rustig
Cool Soos Koos Kombuis
Rock My Amadeus
Kry Jouself By Die Werk
Hiekies in Hartenbos
Snotkop is equally lively on stage as he is in his music videos. He is known for his energetic stage performances. He has appeared on various tours and music events over the years. He’s also very active on social media but focuses more on sharing things involving music.
He has mostly been touring and performing on stage since his last album was released in 2008.
Since becoming one of the biggest rappers in South Africa, Snotkop has never made any of his relationships public. The constant question has been “Is Snotkop gay?”. However, no one has been able to answer that. There are no details about the rapper’s partner whether male or female so no one knows anything about it. Fans have rather chosen to speculate about him having a gay partner even without confirming it.
Snotkop’s Net Worth
Snotkop’s net worth is not public at the moment but based on what he has in his musical portfolio and future sale out look, his performance on major streaming services, his worth is estimated to be around $2 Million – $8 Million. This is all based on a 2019 estimate.
Snotkop’s songs are available on all major music platforms including Spotify, Apple Music, Soundcloud, YouTube, Dreezer and many more.