Last month Francois Van Coke, the flag-bearer of Afrikaans rock ‘n’ roll, released his latest EP titled “En Vriende” ahead of his biggest solo show to-date, set to take place at the Sun Arena. With collaborating artists on each track, including the likes of Die Heuwels Fantasties and lauded rapper Jack Parow, Van Coke masterfully branches out to include elements of different genres, all while staying true to the punk-rock-rooted sound that has brought him so much success.
The EP makes a strong start with ‘Ek Lewe, Ek Belowe’ a potential anthem that showcases the musical experience of both Francois Van Coke and Die Heuwels Fantasties as it starts off with a strong punk rhythm before gradually slowing down into an acoustic bridge just as the song threatens to become a bit too repetitive.
Never shying away from something new, Van Coke enlists the help of Port Elizabeth-based rapper Early B for the hard-hitting, nu-metal, ‘Altyd Lief Vir Jou,’ a song about a toxic relationship that spits enough angst to make you remember how it felt that time your heart was ripped out of your chest.
With appearances from Laudo Liebenberg on the gentler, more melodic ‘Spaar My Asseblief’ and Jack Parow on the motivational ‘Moenie Bang Wees Nie’ to round off the EP, it’s safe to say that this experiment was a successful one. It’s an exercise in diversity which proves that experimentation is often the most fertile ground for musical growth.
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Listen to the album on Apple Music.