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Review: Jack Parow And Francois van Coke


A sold-out Kirstenbosch crowd swayed to the knowledge that they were not cooler than Jack Parow, and they were okay with this.

Being a common (or ‘zef’ if you will) Afrikaans singer is not a new concept; singers like Nicholas Louw and Snotkop have been doing it for years.  Jack Parow (and Die Antwoord) have just been doing it very very well, so much so that Parow was play listed on 5fm, a station infamous for not playlisting Afrikaans music.  A quick “raise your hand survey” by Francois van Coke found that roughly half the audience were souties (English speakers).

The official lineup for the afternoon was Jack Parow and Francois van Coke.  The actual line up was Jack Parow, Die Heuwels Fantasties, Francois van Coke, Van Coke Kartel (VCK) and Fokofpolisiekar.  For a R 75 ticket, I’d say that’s value for money.

Francois van Coke kicked things off together with members of his band VCK playing a combination of VCK and Fokofpolisiekar songs.  My highlight was Hemel op die Platteland accompanied by violin and cello.  Naturally other fans would argue that the highlight was when all the members of Fokofpolisiekar finished off the set… and I might have to yield and agree.

When Mr Jack Parow took the stage the whole crowd was on its feet in one clean sweep.  If there was a drinking game to take a shot every time he said his own name then everyone would have been passed out till Tuesday.  It was truly a show of collaborations with a second appearance of Francois van Coke in the song Dans Dans Dans and Die Heuwels Fantasties popping up again too. The language by the way was a firm PG 16, so parents please leave your children at home for the next Parow gig!

By Jana van Heerden



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