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karen zoid 2017 live bellville high school

This February, South African rock legend, KAREN ZOID will be performing at Bellville High School, Cape Town in aid of Stikland Mental Hospital.

KAREN ZOID has become such an important part of the home-grown scene that her name is now the byword for emotionally charged, downright incendiary South African rock music. What's more, throughout a career spanning more than 10 years, Zoid has managed that unusual and frequently tricky feat of balancing popular appeal with critical praise; of securing an audience of both Afrikaans and English speakers; of retaining her individuality in a market known for its desire for sameness.

Her unmistakable voice, razor-sharp lyrics and passionate performances make her a one of a kind performer. Zoid's super-charged rock energy and an ability to write gorgeous, delicately rendered songs that speak of the emotional vortex is what drives this exceptional artist to keep creating. Karen Zoid is South Africa's premier female rock artist, full stop. Zoid currently hosts her own hit talk show ‘Republiek van Zoid Afrika’ on KykNET, and also appears on 'The Voice South Africa' alongside fellow coaches Kahn Morbee (The Parlotones), Bobby van Jaarsveld & Lira.

All profits of Zoid’s performance at Bellville High School will go towards the Stikland Mental Hospital and used purely to better the service for patients and to ensure that more people can be treated at the hospital.

“Karen is so popular and her music is loved by all. She has played a huge role in the South African music scene and is active in social awareness. So naturally we chose her to be the performer for the fundraiser and we are privileged to have her as a part of the event.” says Johann Vos, Chairman of Stikland Hospital Facility Board.

Fans can look forward to the best of Karen Zoid in Bellville. There will be food and drink stalls at the event, as well as safe and secure parking at Bellville High School. Tickets are available for purchase at Bellville High School.

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Date: Friday, 17 February 2017
Venue: Bellville High School
Time: 19h00 for 19h30
Cost: R170 Per Person
Purchase: Tickets available from Bellville High School | Tel: 021 948 1801.

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Francois van Coke & Karen Zoid at Kirstenbosch

Kirstenbosch is well known for its great line up of artists and when I was invited to listen to the Francois van Coke & Karen Zoid gig, I must admit I was slightly unsure. Being a skeptical non-Afrikaans speaking British person I didn’t think it would be "my scene". Well let’s just say I was completely wrong…

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Photos by Antonet Visser

This review is about Francois van Coke, who completely changed my view on Afrikaans music and is in my opinion one of the best Afrikaans male artists and entertainer.

As soon as Francois van Coke entered the stage, I thought…”Ok, let’s see what this guy has to offer” and he wasn’t going to disappoint!

fvc karen zoid kirstenbosch 17 Jan 2016 antonet visser kim aitkin1Even though I couldn’t always understand what he was saying (purely based on my lack of Afrikaans) I could still feel and hear every word of desperation, every honest & raw moment that he must have experienced when he wrote the lyrics and music. He was taking us all on a journey through HIS personal experience and I was more than happy to be his passenger…

I knew this man standing in front of me was a true showman. The audience captivated by every microphone swing (his trademark it seemed), head bang, shear passion with every word he sang, but what mostly caught my attention was his sincere gratitude and politeness. This guy had no personal agenda or ego, he wanted to give you the best show possible.

The collaboration between Francois van Coke & Karen Zoid seemed to be the highlight among the audience and I could see why. They both looked like they had been best of friends for years and it truly showed in the couple of duets they did together.

I must say, it takes something or someone very special to capture my attention for a long period of time without there being any lulls of boredom or moments of mediocrity, but this guy nailed it on the head and I could have carried on watching him all night long!

As soon as I got home, the day was not even over and I was already searching for his next live show date.

I look forward to seeing more of what this man has to offer in the future!

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FRANCOIS VAN COKE: Best Afrikaans Album of 2015 on iTunes and Apple Music & New Video

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Photographer: Hayden Phipps.

As professed, 2015 did turn out to be Francois van Coke’s year. The success of his self-titled debut album and his break-out hit with Karen Zoid, Toe Vind Ek Jou, has been widely publicized. 

Francois exits this year on a high note as Apple Music and iTunes have announced his solo album as Best Afrikaans Album of 2015. In August Toe Vind Ek Jou reached Platinum Status digitally, in excess of 20 000 downloads on iTunes alone.

Get FRANCOIS VAN COKE’s award winning album here: itunes.apple.com

NEONLIG music video… out now!

On the 10th of December, kykNET released the music video for Neonlig featuring Die Heuwels Fantasties. Francois describes this song as a “somber grunge pop”.

Watch Neonlig below! 


Raise the bar in classy Christmas gift giving with Francois van Coke’s limited edition 12” vinyl.  Only 500 were printed.  Get this collector’s item at permanentrecord.co.za.

Francois van Coke thanks you for your amazing support in 2015 and wishes you a wonderful festive season and safe travels.

Francois’ shows in December:

Date: 19 December
Venue: Club Mykonos Resort, Langebaan
Tickets: R100pp per day (Adult), R50pp per day(Child under 14), R300pp per day(VIP Pass)
Contact: Club Mykonos Langebaan - 0227077000
TICKETS: webtickets.co.za
Facebook: facebook.com/events/

26 December - Mentorskraal, Jeffrey’s Bay
Address: Mentorskraal Estate
Time: 19h00
Tickets: mentorskraal.co.za
Facebook: facebook.com

27 December - Zanzibar, Knysna 
Address: Melville Centre, Main Road, 6571 Knysna, Western Cape
Time: 20h00
Performance Time: 10pm
Tickets Entrance: R60 (only at the door)​
Facebook: facebook.com

28 December - Bush Lapa, Herold’s Bay 
Address: Bush Lapa @ Herolds Bay Eco Resort, Oubaai Road, George
Performance Time: 21h00
Gates open: 18h00
Tickets: R100
​Facebook: facebook.com

31 December - Diaz NYE Party, Mossel Bay 
Address: Beach Boulevard East, Mossel Bay, Western Cape
Performance Time: 19h00
General tickets @ R105 and Private (VIP) Bar tickets @ R300. Visit cocreate.nutickets.co.za
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