Francois van Coke & Vriende now welcomes Karen Zoid to the line-up at Sun Arena, Time Square Casino in Menlyn, Pretoria on 15 September 2018.
The two-hour rock spectacular Francois van Coke & Friends will feature Jack Parow, Majozi, Fokofpolisiekar, Die Heuwels Fantasties, Early B, Arno Carstens, Laudo Liebenberg, aKing, Coenie de Villiers and Van Coke Kartel.
‘Toe vind ek jou’
The addition of long-time friend Karen Zoid is a bumper bonus. “The success of Toe vind ek jou was the biggest experience of my career. It was a massive privilege to write this song with Karen. I’m very amped that she can be a part of this show,” adds Francois about Karen’s participation.
The backbone of Francois van Coke & Vriende will be Francois van Coke with his band Die Gevaar performing his most popular songs. Various friends will join him on stage to perform the anthems they’ve created together, along with some of their best-known songs. Seated tickets have been sold out and standing tickets are flying, so get them while they’re still available.
Check out Francois’ connection to friends on the program
Francois and Karen’s epic hit, Toe vind ek jou, jumpstarted his solo career in 2015. This video has over 5 350 000 views on YouTube since its release.
“I’ve known Parow before he was famous. I remember watching him perform in a small bar in Observatory (Cape Town). When I heard Die Vraagstuk (with Die Heuwels Fantasties) I knew he was going to be huge. We’ve been doing tunes together since his first album and when we perform together there is always a massive energy on stage,” says Francois.
“Majozi and I wrote a song together a while back. It was for an ad-campaign and unfortunately it was never released, but we became good friends through the process. I am excited to have him on the bill.”
Francois took up the role as lead singer when no one else in Fokofpolisiekar was keen. “I’ve been playing with my best friends for 15 years and it is a massive honour to still be a part of Fokof,” says Francois.
Die Heuwels Fantasties
These guys are tight! Pierre Greeff (singer) is family of Francois and Hunter Kennedy is his Fokofpolisiekar band mate. Fred den Hartog has produced some of Francois solo songs and Sheldon Yoko is part of his band, Die Gevaar.
Francois and Laudo have been friends for a long time and both are rectory kids. “He is one of the best songwriters in South Africa and he sounds fantastic in Afrikaans. We’ve been writing songs together over many years.”
Coenie de Villers
“I got to know Coenie when we recently recorded Johannes Kerkorrels’ classic Hillbrow for a kykNET TV special. He played the song with Johannes Kerkorrel back in the day. To pay tribute to JK in that way made the whole experience very special. We also recently recorded that version for Coenie’s latest album.”
Francois is a fan of Early B: “Early B is the coolest new cat in the Afrikaans Hip-Hop scene. We collaborated on a track for my upcoming FVC & Friends EP. I am very amped to play the song live for the first time,” says Francois.
“I’ve been a fan of Arno since 1995 and Springbok Nude Girls is still one of my favourite bands. We’ve travelled, played and jolled together a lot now. Living legend.
Van Coke Kartel
Van Coke Kartel was disbanded in 2017, but is making a comeback especially for this event. VCK’s Final Tour: https://weekendspecial.co.za/van-coke-kartel-final-tour-2/
You can also take advantage of a four-track Francois van Coke & Vriende EP with collaborations with Jack Parow, Early B, Die Heuwels Fantasties and Laudo Liebenberg.
The Francois van Coke & Vriende EP was recorded at Red Bull Studios in Cape Town and released in July 2018. Francois van Coke & Vriende is brought to you by AMP Events in association with Jacaranda FM & KykNET.
What: Francois van Coke & Vriende Friends
Where: Sun Arena, Time Square Casino, Menlyn, Pretoria
When: 15 September 2018
Book tickets: R225 standing
Francois van Coke & Vriende Friends: #FVCenVriende
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