FRANCOIS VAN COKE Unveils New Single & Music Video About Victory

Francois Van Coke Francois Van Coke Photo by André Badenhorst

FRANCOIS VAN COKE Unveils New Single & Music Video About Victory

By / Off The Press / Friday, 11 June 2021 09:35

2021 will be remembered as the year Francois van Coke got in the ring to face retired Springbok rugby player, Derick Hougaard, in a BOXOP boxing match. After 6 nail-biting action-packed rounds, Francois took the title home to Bellville. The fight took place at Sun Arena on 29th May and was live-streamed and broadcasted in Nu Metro theatres as well.

During the course of Francois’ training for the BOXOP match, he felt inspired to write a victory song and was inspired by the anthemic sounds of 'We Are the Champions' by Queen.

Watch the video for 'Ons Het Geven' below

After a hard sparring session, Francois hooked up with Hunter Kennedy (Fokofpolisiekar & Die Heuwels Fantasties) and Fred den Hartog (Die Heuwels Fantasties) to start writing. “I wanted to use the words ‘Ons wen’ (We win) and ‘Ons is lewendig’ (We are alive), because while boxing motivated me, getting through the Covid era together as homo sapiens inspired me.

“So, it is a song about facing a challenge, pushing through and getting to the other side,” says Francois.

BOXOP victory FVC Tian Fick photo by Andree Badenhorst HR

The song was finished five weeks before Francois’ BOXOP victory. He explains that “because the song is called 'Ons het gewen', it forced me to work even harder to prepare for the fight. Music and boxing melting together – crazy times indeed! But Rock ‘n’ roll will always triumph.”

And what would Francois have done if he didn’t win? “I was thinking maybe calling the song something else and delaying the release… if I lost,” says Francois.

WATCH Ons het gewen

Director and cinematographer, Johannes Nel, made a documentary-style music video of Francois’ preparation for the BOXOP match and of the match itself.

‘Ons het gewen’ (We have Won) is a victory anthem about facing a challenge, pushing through and getting to the other side. The song is not only inspired by Francois’ journey and triumph as BOXOP’s first boxing champion, but also about humanity getting through the COVID era.

Ons het gewen single cover image MR

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