Monday, 21 January 2013

Beat Box: The Afrikaans introspective punky sound

Formed in Cape Town, the creative capital of South Africa is an Afrikaans controversial punk rock band Fokofpolisiekar. Inspired by bands such as Queens of the Stone Age and Alkaline Trio, since its inception in April of 2003 the bands objectives were to question the religious motives and the socio-political situation Afrikaans speaking South Africans face. 

Fokofpolisiekar first released an EP titled “As jy met vuur speel sal jy brand”, following the release of the bands first EP one of their tracks “Hemel op die platteland” made history when it became the first Afrikaans song to officially play on national youth radio station 5FM.

The Band went on to release their debut album titled “Lugsteuring”, producer John Paul De Stefani showed his mastery and was released in 2004. After the success of the first album Fokofpolisiekar kept on releasing EP’s and went on offering a second album “Swanesang” that included hit “Brand Suid-Afrika” which was a mixture of punk and acoustic elements.

The creative band from Cape Town recorded a DVD in late 2008 which was to be released in 2009. That offering contained four sizzling tracks, the band’s music videos and a behind the scenes documentary which premiered at the 2009 Encounters International Documentary Film Festival and walked away with the “Audience Award”.

Fokofpolisiekar is made up of a fantastic bunch that’s passionate about South Africa, music and have the highest regard for their mother tongue.

Ashley Mokwena  

Twitter: @fokofpolisiekar
Facebook: Fokofpolisiekar

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