Francois van Coke talks Concerts in the Park on Sunday 18th December at De Waal Park Cape Town

I caught up with Francois van Coke last week ahead of him headlining  Concerts in the Park on Sunday 18th December  at  De Waal  Park in Cape Town.

Also on the bill is Tasché who is  busy carving out her own space as the new generation Afrikaans rocker.

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The new decade means ?

At the moment it is just Corona Virus, but more algorithms, more Al and more music from me.

Fame is about?

Not trying to get recognized by people you know from high school when you go to the Pick ‘n Pay in tracksuit pants and slops.

Retirement will happen when?

I die

I don’t do?


What does music mean to you?

I have three reasons to wake up in the morning. My daughter, my wife and music. Music is my life and also how I make a living.

Any funny moments on stage?

I have had many embarrassing and also loads of amazing moments on stage, funny ones don’t come to mind so quickly. I pushed Jack Parow into a crowd in Pretoria for his first crowd surf. He hated it and was pissed off with me, but now he does it every show. Funny.

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Which living person do you admire most and why?

Paul McCartney. Probably the greatest song writer ever, mid 70’s  and still puts on three hour shows. He is not human.

What is your most treasured possession?

Probably my house and my acoustic guitar.

It’s your round what are you drinking?

You’re drinking Fokof Lager & Jager. I am drinking rooibos tea.

Dream gig to do?

FVC & Vriende 2020 Sun Arena.



If you were not a musician what would you do?

I would be a retired rugby player.

Pick five words to describe yourself?

Anargis, bly in die burbs.

Five favourite SA albums of all time ?

Fuzigish – Skankers Union
Springbok Nude Girls – Neanderthal 1
Thieve – Extraordinary
Johannes Kerkorrel & Die Gereformeerde
Blues Band – Eet Kreef
Aking – Morning After

Greatest movie ever made?

Pulp Fiction

What song changed your life?

Nirvana – Smells like teen spirit

Who do you love?

Everybody that is lekker

What is your favorite word?


Favorite Fashion Garment

Black t-shirt. I own 20 plain black t-shirts, with the exactly same cut.

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Give us some real proper slang and what it means

Dis duidelik! It means things are cool!

Top of your bucket list?

Learning to surf properly.

Your greatest achievement?

Being in a band with the same dudes for 17 years and still getting along. Fokofpolisiekar started in 2003.

What do you complain about most often?

I hate waiting.

What is your fear?

Going to jail.

On stage I tend to?


The best life lesson you have been taught?

You don’t have say yes to everything.

Where would you like to be right now?

I love traveling and touring, but my favourite place in the world is my home with my family.

Do you do charity work and if you do –what do you do ?

Yeah. I have worked with the Vrede Foundation on a bunch of projects over the years. They assist young people with cancer. The foundation has recently disbanded. I will be working with Badisa in the future. They work on protecting and caring for woman and kids that are subjected to domestic violence etc. I will be releasing a co- branded watch that will be sold in aid of the foundation.

Wishes and dreams?

I wish the Corona pandemic will never come back  and I wish for less violence and crime in SA and I dream of making some more good music.

Also on the bill is Tasché who is  busy carving out her own space as the new generation Afrikaans rocker. Book via Quicket

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