My Biography

About Francois van Coke

Francois Badenhorst (born in Brakpan, GautengSouth Africa), better known by his stage name Francois Van Coke, rose to fame as the iconic front man of legendary South African rock bands Fokofpolisiekar and Van Coke Kartel. On the 8 April 2015, Francois launched his self-titled debut solo album and kicked his solo career into gear with the release of the most poignant ballad of that year – Toe Vind Ek Jou featuring Karen Zoid. It was the first Afrikaans album and single to simultaneously jump to number 1 positions on the SA iTunes Store. The song was downloaded more than 20,000 times on iTunes, thus achieving Platinum status as a single. The music video for “Toe Vind Ek Jou” was viewed over a million times within 6 month and was announced as the biggest Afrikaans music video of 2015.[2]

Van Coke has always had an affinity for music. Moving to BostonBellville, Western Cape in early childhood where he grew up, he participated in high school in a battle of the bands competition where he performed the vocals for the band. He was later kicked out of the band, which put him off performing vocals for a while.[1] Van Coke’s strong Christian upbringing (his father was a pastor) led him to create the Christian band AS180. Van Coke established himself in the Bellville underground music scene by forming the band “A Guy Called Gerald”, which later changed its name to “New World Inside”. Van Coke then co founded the rock band Fokofpolisiekar. The band was initially started as a joke to shock the widely conservative Afrikaans community. Van Coke recalls that, “My mom cried for a day or two when she heard the name of the band”.[1] After initial performances his father asked him to change his surname from “Badenhorst” to “Van Coke”, as his father, being a minister, was receiving complaints about his son’s performances from the local church-going community.[1]

Releases that you need

Look out for the ‘Francois van Coke en Vriende’ EP, from which Francois will perform in Pretoria on September 15, feutureing Jack Parow, Early B, Die Heuwels Fantasties and Laudo Liebenberg. It’s most definitely something you do not want to miss out on!

'Francois van Coke en Vriende'

Francois van Coke

In May AMP Events and Francois van Coke announced the rock spectacular of the year, Francois van Coke & Vriende. The 2-hour event will be held at Sun Arena, Time Square in Pretoria on 15th September 2018.

The powerful line-up included Jack Parow, Majozi, Fokofpolisiekar, Die Heuwels Fantasties, Early B, Arno Carstens, Laudo Liebenberg (AKING), Coenie de Villiers and Van Coke Kartel.

And now the ticket got even hotter… 

Francois is excited to announce the inclusion of his long-time friend, Karen Zoid to the line-up.

Francois van Coke
29/01/2021 @ South Africa