Two days after the album’s release Van Coke’s song “Toe vind ek jou”, featuring Karen Zoid, topped the South African iTunes chart and at the time of writing the music video had accumulated almost 120 000 views. It would appear that this heartfelt ballad might become the album’s first real hit, and its thoughtful song writing and sophisticated sound are a good indication of what the rest of the album has to offer. The flawless production and gentle tone showcase Van Coke’s lyrical ability and are backed by a healthy dose of catchy guitar riffs.
In addition to the vocals of Karen Zoid, Van Coke has also roped in Laudo Liebenberg, Arno Carstens and Die Heuwels Fantasties for a total of four collaboration tracks that provide a pleasant variation to Van Coke’s own sound. Francois van Coke truly is a proudly South African album and the support that it has received so far is proof of the musical patriotism that our country has.
As the founder and lead singer of bands Van Coke Cartel and Fokofpolisiekar, Van Coke had his work cut out to not to just “cut and paste” their sound and place his name on a new album cover. Despite his instantly recognisable husky vocals, his solo album possesses an element of maturity which quickly sets it apart. Make no mistake, this is still a rock album and the extensive gig lineup for the album launch tour will provide many an opportunity for a proper rock concert, but now you can expect a more relaxed atmosphere.