A little something on the side… (pt. 6) - A little something on the side…

2008-07-17 14:15
Lesson 5: Flood the market, if you have to

Afrikaans-rock darlings Fokofpolisiekar certainly wasted no time at all in making sure they owned the market entirely, breaking up and re-branching to form two entirely new bands before the final notes of their second album Swanesang even rang out over college campuses around the country.

In 2007, Fokofpolisiekar bassist Wynand Myburgh declared: "All of us want to do our own thing, such as Johnny (de Ridder, lead guitar) who wants to start producing, and Francois (Van Coke, vocals) and myself who are doing our own solo projects." Myburgh and Van Coke went on to form the hard-rocking Van Coke Kartel while Fokofpolisiekar rhythm guitarist Hunter Kennedy and drummer Jaco Venter went on to form the more mainstream, English-discourse aKING. But that’s not all, folks! The two new bands have also cross-pollinated further with de Ridder and Kennedy going on to form the electro-rock outfit, Die Heuwels Fantasties. Confused yet? Don’t get yourself in too tight a knot as Fokof still perform together, and their events are usually a three-for-one deal as all their various incarnations share the bill at gigs.

The Fokofpolisiekar collective is now an inescapable presence on the burgeoning Afrikaans rock scene, that has become an entity unto themselves. What remains to be seen is whether they have inspired an ever-growing momentum that will give voice to a new generation of rock kids, or, less optimistically, one that will saturate the hispster scene they gave birth to with more of the same.

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