Thursday, April 12, 2007


End of Fokofpolisiekar?

News has just come in that Fokofpolisiekar’s (For the English readers: Fokofpolisiekar basically means Go away way police car translated nicely…) front man Francois van Coke is going on a national tour (jus NOT Cape Town!) playing his own material. He’s going to be joined by joined by lead guitarist Laudo Liebenberg…

I read at Makesomenoise that he was touring as the VAN COKE KARTEL with Fokof Bassist Wynand Myburgh… but then the Laudo confirmation is from the horse’s mouth, so you better believe it!

Fokof had a hectic year in 2006, that saw they reaping awards; MK89 Best Band Award; 2 Blunt Best Album Awards for Swansong & Best Live Act; there is a possible SAMA for Best Afrikaans Rock Album; Swansong was the first Afrikaans track to reach 5fm’s # 1 shpot!

Hmmm… I wonder this means? Is this the break up of Fokof, now that Francois is touring? Is there confusion in the ranks? Even SAMusicblog was worried… ‘twould be donnerse shame!

4.16.07 Tings 'n Times, Pretoria
4.17.07 Cafe Barcelona, Elarduspark. Pretoria
4.18.07 Back2Basix, Mellville. JHB with Warren Snaith (Soulja)
4.19.07 Steak 'n Ale, Pretoria
4.20.07 Hi-Flyerz, Boksburg. JHB FREE SHOW!!!
4.21.07 Maloneys, Roodepoort
4.23.07 Maloneys, Hatfield Pretoria
4.24.07 Waenhuis Theatre, Bethlehem
4.25.07 Mystic Boer, Bloemfontein
4.26.07 Stones, George
4.28.07 Corner Bar, Durbanville

07/04/14 UPDATE: A Best Rock in Afrikaans South African Music Award for Swansong, let's hope that this is enough of a sign to the guys that the formula is right, and that awards are meant to be collected! So congrat's guys! And keep them coming!

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It would be a crying shame if this were the case, and there would be many many sad fans.

I don't think it is the end of them - the optimist and music fan in me resists, but when their last album "Swanesang" came out I must admit I was a little concerned... Turning to the dictionary one of the definitions of a Swansong is "a farewell appearance or final act or pronouncement".

Makes you think...
This is the test of excellence... Once groupd become succewssful, egos come into play and politics and money sometimes get in the way of vision.

I hope these guys weather the storm and come together again with the alchemy that ha got them the fans they have.
They said that Swansong meant the end of a phase, that the group would now ALSO follow their own directions - but I get worried when a duo is advertised, and then it changes...

We'll see later this year!
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