Converse x Francois Van Coke
Francois Badenhorst, better known by his stage name Francois Van Coke, is the lead vocalist, songwriter and founding member of the South African Alternate rock bands Fokofpolisiekar and Van Coke Kartel. Van Coke has always had an affinity for music.
Van Coke founded the band Fokofpolisiekar in 2003. 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”. 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.
In 2007 Van Coke formed Van Coke Kartel, alongside Fokofpolisiekar members Wynand Myburgh and Justin Kruger. Since then he has embarked on a solo career performing across the country.
“I see myself now as more of a songwriter now as I did before,” says Van Coke. On his writing process he has take a sincere approach: “The honesty goes away if you try and recreate something”.
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