Francois Henning, widely recognized by his stage name Snotkop (formerly known as Lekgoa), is a prominent figure in the South African entertainment industry, particularly as the king of rap. Renowned for his versatile talent, he has produced cutting-edge tracks in both Sotho and Afrikaans languages, contributing to his widespread fame. Snotkop's songs have gained significant popularity not only in South Africa but also beyond its borders.

Having embarked on his music career at the age of 15, Snotkop has been an active and influential figure in the industry. He has remained dedicated to nurturing his passion for music, leading to his success as an entertainer. The artist initially went by the stage name Lekgoa before adopting the moniker Snotkop. Known for his contributions to the Kwaito genre, he has created hit songs like "Ngamla Yoba" in 2002 and "Basetsana" from 1999. Snotkop's impact on the music scene has solidified his position as a key player in South African rap.

Early Life

Francois Henning, born on December 22, 1974, in Johannesburg, South Africa, belongs to the Generation X. This generation experienced significant cultural dynamics, economic challenges, and the emergence of technology in the aftermath of the Second World War. The Generation X era was marked by movements advocating for environmental issues, gay rights, and women's rights.

Snotkop pursued his education at the Tshwane University of Technology, which indicates his commitment to both academic and artistic pursuits during his formative years. This background might have played a role in shaping his perspectives and contributing to his multifaceted career in the South


Snotkop, formerly known as Lekgoa, has established himself as a versatile and influential artist in various music genres, including Rap, Pop, Kwaito, and Sokkie. His journey in the music industry began at the age of 15 when he started preparing demo CDs. In the late 1990s, he adopted the stage name Lekgoa, which means "White guy" in Sotho, and delved into the South African kwaito genre. During this period, he was signed to the Gallo record label and released two albums, "Basetsana" in 1999 and "Ngamla Yoba" in 2002.

In 2005, he transitioned to the name Snotkop, initially as part of a 4-piece boy band and later as a solo act. He signed with the Next Music record label and released his debut album "Snotkop" in 2005, followed by "So Damn Sexy" in 2008 and "Francois Henning Was Hier" in 2009. With the release of "Ek Laaik Van Jol" in 2012, he became one of the top-selling South African artists in the Afrikaans language.

Snotkop's well-known singles and music videos include "Song Vir My Dad," "Dis 'n Land," "Hou My Stywer Vas," "Oppas," "Katrien," "Parapapa" (a remake of Cidinho & Doca's hit "Rap das Armas"), "Ek Laaik Van Jol," "Hoe Lykit," "Raak Vir My Rustig," "Cool Soos Koos Kombuis," and "Agter Op My Fiets." He has also been featured in various covers of international hits translated into Afrikaans.

Aside from his music career, Snotkop is a television personality. He presented the program "Petrolkop" on MK, the primarily Afrikaans music channel in South Africa, featuring celebrities competing in time trials with racing cars. His association with the popular TV show "7 de Laan" on SABC2 further contributed to his fame.

Personal Life

Rumors suggesting that Snotkop is gay have been circulating for some time now, eliciting mixed responses from his fan base—some in denial, while others are more accepting of the speculation.


Snotkop has received recognition for his work in the music industry. He was nominated for nine MK, Tempo, and Vonk awards, particularly in the category of "Best Afrikaans Pop Album."

In 2009, he received a nomination for the South African Music Awards in the category of "Best Afrikaans DVD" during the 15th annual awards.

In 2012, Snotkop achieved success by winning the "Best Sokkie Dans Album" award for his album "Ek Laaik Van Jol" during the 18th South African Music Awards. Awards like these highlight his impact and popularity in the South African music scene.


Studio albums

As Lekgoa

1999: Basetsana

2002: Ngamla Yoba

As Snotkop

2005: Snotkop

2008: So Damn Sexy

2009: Francois Henning Was Hier

2011: Ek Laaik van jol!

2012: Oppas

2014: Soos 'n boss

2016: HKGK

2018: Sous


2007: Spring Lewendig (Live album and DVD)

2011: Die Beste Van Snotkop (Compilation album)

2013: Wille Videos" (DVD)


2009: "Parapapa"

2010: "Vrydagaand"

2011: "Song Vir My Dad"

2011: "Ek Laaik Van Jol"

2012: "Dis 'n Land"

2012: "Oppas"

2013: "Ek's Dalk 'n Ses"

2013: "Shut Up en Soen My"

2013: "Hou Stywer Vas"

2013: "Katrien"

2013: "Bakgat Boogie"

2014: "Dikkelicious"

2014: "Agter Op My Fiets"

2015: "Kry Jouself By Die Werk"

2015: "Ek Wens"

2015: "Hiekies in Hartenbos"

2015: "Loslap"

2016: "Cool Soos Koos Kombuis"

2016: "Rock My Amadeus"

2017: "Raak Vir My Rustig"

2017: "Woestersous"

2019: "Pens En Pootjies"


2010: "Ek val vir jou" (MoniQue & Snotkop)

2012: "Stoomtrein" (Kurt Darren feat. Snotkop)