Van Coke then co founded the rock band Fokofpolisiekar. On the 8 April 2015, Francois launched his self-titled debut solo album and kicked his solo career into gear with the release of the most poignant ballad of that year – Toe Vind Ek Jou featuring Karen Zoid.
Francois Badenhorst born in Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa, better known by his stage name Francois Van Coke, rose to fame as the iconic front man of legendary South African rock bands Fokofpolisiekar and Van Coke Kartel. The music video for “Toe Vind Ek Jou” was viewed over a million times within 6 month and was announced as the biggest Afrikaans music video of 2015.
His second album, “Hierdie is die Lewe” followed in 2017 and in 2018 he released a collab-EP, “Francois van Coke en Vriende” featuring collaborations with Die Heuwels Fantasties;Early B;Laudo Liebenberg and Jack Parow. Moving to Boston, Bellville, Western Cape in early childhood where he grew up, he participated in high school in a battle of the bands competition where he performed the vocals for the band.
He was later kicked out of the band, which put him off performing vocals for a while.Van Coke’s strong Christian upbringing (his father was a pastor) led him to create the Christian band AS180.
The band was initially started as a joke to shock the widely conservative Afrikaans community. It was the first Afrikaans album and single to simultaneously jump to number 1 positions on the SA iTunes Store.
The song was downloaded more than 20,000 times on iTunes, thus achieving Platinum status as a single. 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. The first season of his TV-Show, “Die Van Coke Show”, aired in 2018.
Van Coke has always had an affinity for music. Van Coke established himself in the Bellville underground music scene by forming the band “A Guy Called Gerald”, which later changed its name to “New World Inside”.