PRESS: Francois Van Coke Album Lauches Today!
Thursday, 02 February, sees the release of Francois’ second solo album, Hierdie is die Lewe. The album is available in stores nationwide, on iTunes (where it kicked off on the number 1 position on the local chart) and Google Play, at Francois launch tour shows and on vinyl from Permanent Record.
Francois’ third music video from the album, Dit Raak Beter (It Gets Beter) accompanies the album’s release. The video contains poignant, unreleased footage of Francois growing up. The footage for the most part depicts Francois’ love affair with music growing up, intercut with a performance at his alma mater, Bellville High.
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Mensdom and Klein Prys Music Videos:
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The Francois van Coke: Hierdie is die Lewe, Album launch tour details here:
Tour Times and Dates:
Venue: Puk Jool plaas
Address: Puk Campus/ Fanie du Toit Sportsterrein
Contact: Leon – 082 492 3362
Performance time: 21h00
Purchasing tickets: R120 Available at – Campus/ Jool Offices 018 299 2882 or door.
Venue: District, Cape Town
Address: 61 Harrington Street, District Six, Cape Town
Contact: Pini – 076 0704474
Ticket price: Pre-sold R100
Venue: Green Point Stadium, Cape Town
Address: Fritz Sonnenberg Road, Green Point, Cape Town
Contact: Daniel Green – 079 734 8433
Venue: Voortrekker Monument Nature Reserve
Address: Eeufees Road, Pretoria
Contact: Niel / Henk – 082 259 9031 / 082 722 3858
Ticket price: R120 – R150
Address: Corner off Graham and Boschkop, Zwavelpoort, Pretoria East
Contact: Chris – 071 471 6698
Doors open: 19:00
Performance time: 21:00
Ticket price: R 70.00
Venue: Rumours Rock City, Cresta
Address: Corner of Weltevreden Road & Valley Lane, Cresta
Contact: Fred – 079 825 7995
Ticket price: R100 p.p.
Venue: Dozi’s Back to the Roots
Address: 136, Rietfontein Farm, R514, Hartbeespoort
Contact: Madelein – 083 445 1042
Doors open: 11h00
Ticket price: R100 p.p. – firstname.lastname@example.org
Venue: Mystic Boer Bloemfontein
Address: 84 Kellner Street, Bloemfontein
Contact: Johann – 084 444 9028
Date: 18 February 2017 (Bieliemieliefees)
Venue: Reitz Skougronde
Address: Sarel Cilliers Street, Reitz
Contact: Pienaar 082 570 7566
Ticket price: R120 at the gate.
The first single from the album is about the human condition. A bluesy-grunge sing-along to get the party started.
Firing dance beat running with a progressive garage rock riff and an infectious synth lick supplying the melody. This is an upbeat rocker. Van Coke sings in a lower register than normal over a skanking guitar until the song breaks into a soaring chorus. This is a love song to South Africa and an ode to our turbulent relationship.
Piano and cello accompanies Van Coke on the mission to better himself and finding solace on this power ballad. Big synth drives the breaking chorus and screaming vocals feature for the first time on the album. ‘Die lewe sal nie wag nie, maar jy sal’
Weet jy wat ek bedoel?
A hip-hop influenced upbeat dance number. Die Gevaar are showing off their magic on this one. Sheldon Yoko’s simplistic but solid beat, while Willemse is pushing the tune forward with a muscular bass line. Kossew & Onraet are colouring the story with their funky guitar lines, melodies and harmonies reminiscing of Thin Lizzy.
A fast rock number with punk attitude. Van Coke singing about his existential crises that is becoming a theme on this album. ‘As jy bekommer gaan jy dood, as jy nie gaan jy ook.’ Kossew’s dirty, greasy guitar solo is a special feature on this one.
Francois sings about growing up and ending up in the suburbs over a beautifully picked guitar and sweeping beat. Power chords and cymbals push the chorus into overdrive. Questioning where he and his peers fit in. ‘Ek weet nie wie my mense is nie’ Stick around for the outro on this one. Sheldon Yoko delivers an amazing drum performance.
The album takes a turn from here on out, with this Beatles/Beach Boys-esque ballad about is the past, the present and the future. Tongue in cheek oohs and aahs, will make the kids and their parents dance.
Dit raak beter
This one is a folky ballad about progression and getting older. Accordion and a shuffle beat accompany the friendly sing-along melodies, quite a departure from Francois’ older catalogue.
Normaal te voel
Pacey old school rock ‘n roll. It sound like The Rolling Stones went to the beach and is surfing in the Atlantic. This is a song about excesses and formulas. The things people do to feel normal.
Die wêreld is mal
Van Coke lamenting the world as we know it. The way it is right now. A heartfelt country-ish pop ballad is the vehicle driving the idea home. The most beautiful song on the album.
Van Coke’s ode to Fokofpolisiekar.