On June 16, Jozi’s Emmarentia Dam will come alive for a day of South African music on Youth Day.
This full day family event will feature acts the like of Die Heuwels Fantasties, Fokofpolisiekar and Van Coke Kartel, as well as the latter two groups’ front man Francois van Coke in his solo capacity – all on the main stage.
Whilst lazing under the leafy trees of Emmarentia, music lovers will also be able to take in performances by Theuns Jordaan; Valiant Swart; seven time SAMA nominated all-girl group, Blackbyrd; up and coming star Brendan Peyper; and Jozi favourite Majozi, who will be performing songs from his newly released debut album.
For your day out at the dam there will be a range of South Africa’s best artisan food traders. Revellers are also welcome to bring their own picnics and spread their blankets whilst enjoying the music on offer.
Peter Tromp caught up with Francois van Coke, who will bestride the event in his three musical incarnations.
Tell us about Liefde By Die Dam and why people should be hyped for the event.
Liefde By Die Dam is happening at Emmarentia Dam, one of my favourite outdoor venues in Gauteng. June 16 is a holiday and come and celebrate your youth or youthfulness on Youth Day. The line-up is diverse and there is really something for everyone. Me and my band are going to put on a killer show and even if you come just for that, it will be worth it. Promise.
Name one thing that if you could, you’d change about the local music scene.
Good management is pretty scarce in South Africa. I would like to see that change.
The most perfect live performance you can recall seeing…
I have seen Foo Fighters live twice. Once in England and once in Cape Town. Both shows were pretty close to perfect. Also, Queens Of The Stone Age at PinkPop in The Netherlands were amazing.
Name your top 5 desert island discs.
Queens Of The Stone Age – ‘Songs For The Deaf’
Foo Fighters – ‘Wasting Light’
The Strokes – ‘Comedown Machine’
John Lennon – ‘Imagine’
The Beach Boys – ‘Greatest Hits’
The most nervous you’ve ever been on stage…
I get nervous every year I perform at Oppikoppi. I just love playing that festival and want to kick ass.
Tree words you feel describe you best as a performer…
Skop, Skiet & Donner
What’s up next for you?
I am currently writing songs for my second solo album. It will be released early 2017.