You’ve got to be a little rough to go against the grain; you can’t be afraid to make your mother cry. When she found out his band was called Fokofpolisiekar, Francois Van Coke’s mom cried for days, if that’s any indication of where he comes from. Pushing back on the conservative Afrikaans community around him, Van Coke’s musical talents have taken him far beyond his small-town beginnings and far beyond Fokofpoliesiekar.
One of the biggest rock stars in South Africa, Francois Van Coke is a true Meister. His 2015 debut solo album, Toe Vind Ek Jou, was a top 20 bestseller in for 12 weeks in South Africa and Won Apple Music’s Best Afrikaans Album of the year, as well as several other awards as well. He has one of the most iconic punk rock voices in SA music and he’s renowned as the frontman for Fokofpoliesiekar and Van Coke Kartel, but his solo career stands strong in its own light. This Meister’s only speed is pedal-to-the-metal, and he’s tearing through the scene in every way he knows how.