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FRANCOIS VAN COKE is Playing it Forward - I Love You All the Time (& other news)

*News about the Play It Forward campaign, Toe Vind Ek Jou Live DVD out soon & Relate bracelets for Vrede Foundation fundraising.*

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Photographer: Hayden Phipps

Play It Forward

After the atrocious attacks in Paris on November 13, 2015, The Eagles of Death Metal issued a challenge to other musicians to cover their song I Love You All The Time.

“For every cover sold, we pledge to donate 100% of the publishing income to The Sweet Stuff Foundation. We ask that you also donate the money generated from sales of the song to the charity.” - apple.co/1nQz2v1

Because Francois believes unifying and healing power of music, he felt moved by this plea to help raise funds for the victims of the Paris attacks and followed suit.

“I felt that I wanted to be a part of the Play It Forward campaign because I was touched by the attacks at the Eagles of Death Metal show.  I also feel a bit of a connection with the band because we played with them when they were in South Africa.

I am a huge fan of the band and I Love You All the Time was my favourite song on their new album.  It was an honour to record this song.”

Francois’ stripped down and pure version of I Love You All the Time was recorded with Theo Crous at Bellville Studios.  Jedd Kossew played guitar on the track.

He translated the French part of the original version into Afrikaans: “I translated the French part to Afrikaans to make it more my own, plus my French pronunciation would’ve been bad.”

Francois’ version of I Love You All the Time can be purchased from iTunes: apple.co/1nQz2v1

Listen to Eagles of Death Metal’s original version below! 

Watch: The Eagles of Death Metal discuss the Paris terror attacks

Toe Vind Ek Jou Live DVD – available from 8 February

Great news!  Francois van Coke and Karen Zoid’s super fantastic live DVD, Toe Vind Ek Jou, will hit the stores on the 8th of February 2016. 

The show could only be seen on BoxOffice for a period at the end of 2015, but the demand was so huge that DVDs had to be manufactured and made available for fans to purchase.

This collector’s item is packed with beautiful rock ‘n roll moments shared between two of South African rock’s greatest.  The popular Toe Vind Ek Jou live shows are regularly sold out, so this DVD serves as the perfect keepsake and gift for fans.

Relate Bracelets: Francois raises funds for the Vrede Foundation

The Vrede Foundation – founded by Herman Pretorius, who lost his battle with cancer eight days before his 30th birthday in 2009 – is dedicated to raising awareness, early detection, as well as funds for young South Africans with cancer.

South African rock legend and Pretorius’ close friend, Francois Van Coke has partnered with Relate Bracelets to sell a bespoke Relate bracelet to raise funds for the Vrede Foundation.

On his involvement with the Vrede Foundation, Van Coke says: “Herman and I have a long history. From playing in bands together in high school in the 90s to being part of the rise of the Bellville rock scene in the 2000s, he was truly my blood brother. His death was a blow not only to those of us who knew him and the South African rock scene, but also to the people he was reaching through the Vrede Foundation. Partnering with Relate on this bracelet is the least I can do to honour him, his legacy, and the message he was trying to deliver.”

The Francois van Coke Relate Bracelet, retailing at R50, will be launched on 18 February in Cape Town (Fire & Ice Cape Town) & 23 February in Pretoria (Fire & Ice Menlyn), when Van Coke performs a FREE acoustic show.

The bracelets will also be on sale at all of Francois’ 2016 shows and concerts.

FRANCOIS VAN COKE’s Gig Guide:

THE FRANCOIS VAN COKE BAND

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Jedd Kossew, Richard Onraet, Francois van Coke, Sheldon Yoko, Rudolph Willemse
Photo by Vetman Design & Photography (Photo available on request.)

January 2016:

Date: 28th January 2016
Line-up: Francois Van Coke & Karen Zoid at Potch RAG
Venue: Puk Jool Plaas, Fanie Du Toit Sports Terrein
Address: High Performance Institute of Sport, c/o Thabo Mbeki Drive & Meyer Street, Potchefstroom
Ticket price: R100
Tickets: At the door or at Jool Offices on PUK Campus

Date: 29th January 2016
Venue: RAD Experience
Address: c/o Lenchen & South Street, Centurion
Doors open: 19h00
Performance time: 23h00

Date: 30th January 2016
Line up: Francois Van Coke at UFS Jool
Venue: Old Grey Sports Club
Address: 1 Park Road, Bloemfontein
Doors open: 16h00
Ticket price: R100 / R50 students and kids under 12 

Date: 31th January 2016
Line up: Francois Van Coke
Venue: Park Off
Address: Jan Marais Nature Reserve, Stellenbosch
Doors open: 14h00
Performance time: 18h00
Ticket price: R85/R100
Tickets: quicket.co.za

February 2016:

Date: 6th February 2016
Line up: Francois Van Coke & Karen Zoid
Venue: Paul Cluver
Tickets: computicket.co.za
SOLD OUT

Date: 20th February 2016
Line up: Francois Van Coke & Karen Zoid at Rock Run Windhoek
Venue: United Trustco Sport Grounds Olympia
Performance time: 21h00
Tickets: Pick ‘n Pay Stores Namibia / Windhoek Gymnasium / staytoday.com

Date: 25th February 2016
Venue: Good Luck Bar
Address: 1 Fox Road, Johannesburg
Contact: Nicol van der Bergh
Ticket price: R60 pre sale (online) R80 at the door

Date: 26th February 2016
Venue: Trademarx, Pretoria
Address: Cnr Lynnwood Road & Kirkness Road, Pretoria
Contact: Conrad Cronje
Doors open: 18h00
Performance time: 21h00
Ticket price: R100
Tickets: At the door

Date: 27th February 2016
Venue: Annibrandfees
Address: Uitenhage
Contact: Corne Oosthuizen
Performance time:  22h00
Ticket price: R40 – skooliere / R80 adults / R200 golden circle
Tickets: annibrandfees.co.za

Date: 28th February 2016
Venue: Atterbury Theatre
Address: Lynwood Bridge Centre, Lynwood Road, Pretoria
Doors open: 17h00
Performance time:  18h00
Ticket price: R150
Tickets: online.computicket.com

NEONLIG music video:

On the 10th of December, kykNET released the music video for Neonlig featuring Die Heuwels Fantasties. Francois describes this song as a “sombre grunge pop”.  Check it out in case you haven’t seen it.

The FRANCOIS VAN COKE 12” Vinyl

Get your hands on limited edition 12” FRANCOIS VAN COKE vinyl.  Only 500 were printed and they are selling out fast.  Get this collector’s item at permanentrecord.co.za.


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