Van Coke established himself in the Bellville underground music scene by forming the band “A Guy Called Gerald”, which later changed its name to “New World Inside”.
On the 8 April 2015, Francois launched his self-titled debut solo album and kicked his solo career into gear with the release of the most poignant ballad of that year – Toe Vind Ek Jou featuring Karen Zoid. After initial performances his father asked him to change his surname from “Badenhorst” to “Van Coke”, as his father, being a minister, was receiving complaints about his son’s performances from the local church-going community.
Van Coke recalls that, “My mom cried for a day or two when she heard the name of the band”.
Van Coke then co founded the rock band Fokofpolisiekar. Francois Badenhorst born in Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa, better known by his stage name Francois Van Coke, rose to fame as the iconic front man of legendary South African rock bands Fokofpolisiekar and Van Coke Kartel. It was the first Afrikaans album and single to simultaneously jump to number 1 positions on the SA iTunes Store.
He was later kicked out of the band, which put him off performing vocals for a while.Van Coke’s strong Christian upbringing (his father was a pastor) led him to create the Christian band AS180.
The band was initially started as a joke to shock the widely conservative Afrikaans community.