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Francois van Coke, Wynand Myburgh, Jedd Kossew, Dylan Hunt

Photos by Hayden Phipps

In-between their respective busy schedules, the members of VAN COKE KARTEL took out some time to have some fun together. They released their cover EP, ENERGIE on iTunes last month and now there is also a vinyl edition available.

The 12" vinyl is pressed at 45RPM. The pressing was done on ruby red wax with black inner sleeves and the inside of the cover is also flooded with black. It is a mighty sleek looking package, and it sounds even better than it looks!

energieSIDE A

A2 / HELP!



The ENERGIE vinyl can be ordered straight from the label,
Permanent Record for R300, or purchased at these fine stores:

Top CD (Pretoria)
Mr. Vinyl (online > http://www.mrvinyl.co.za/)
The Eye/Roastin Records (Cape Town)
Khaya Records (Durban)
Music4U (Pretoria)

*While stock lasts.

All you need to know about ENERGIE: 

ENERGIE on iTunes: http://apple.co/1KexQ8f

The members of VAN COKE KARTEL spent most of 2015 on other projects. Francois and Jedd Kossew launched the FRANCOIS VAN COKE debut solo album. Wynand Myburgh kept busy managing Jack Parow and Fokofpolisiekar’s affairs, while Dylan Hunt joined the band Southern Wild.

The band wanted to do something together again and they wanted to do something different. 

They decided to record a cover EP by some of the greats, those who have influenced them along the way.  According to Jedd Kossew, it was important for them to stay true to themselves, their style of music, but also to stay true to the songs they decided to cover.


“How do you choose 5 songs?”

“It’s much easier for us to release good songs when they are already good songs.” Francois van Coke


  1. Energie

“Re-introducing an old song to a new audience.” - Dylan Hunt

Van Coke Kartel explains:

Covering this song is quite personal for Van Coke Kartel.  Francois says that Johannes Kerkorrel and Koos Kombuis was the only Afrikaans music they listened to growing up and the only thing they felt they associated with.  Wynand used to do sound for Kerkorrel at some of this shows back in the day.  

  1. Help!

“The Beatles are my favourite band of all time.” - Jedd Kossew

Van Coke Kartel talks about Help!: - youtube.com 

Francois and Jedd have been jamming this song in their solo acoustic set for some time now.  Help! is the first single from ENERGIE.  A fun fact is that Jedd sings a chorus for the first time in a Van Coke Kartel song.

  1. I got you (I feel good)

“Who doesn’t want to sing ‘I feel good’?”  - Francois Van Coke

Watch: youtube.com

Wynand says that they wanted to do a song which is fun, they can jam and people would know.

  1. Got to give it up

“It’s something I want to share with people.  It’s one of my favourite songs.”  - Francois Van Coke

Why it had to be a Thin Lizzy song: youtube.com

Francois also says that he loves everything about this song.  “Every note that’s played on it.  I love the original version.”

  1. Born to Die 

“Born to Die is our attempt at a pop song.”  -Wynand Myburgh

VCK relates to this song: youtube.com

Van Coke Kartel was eager to put their own spin on this pop song and they think it is now “Spaghetti Western-sounding”.

*Recorded and Mixed by Theo Crous at Bellville Studios 

*Mastered by Rogan Kelsey 

Catch VCK live at:

Date: 24 October 2015
Venue: Rhapsody’s, Centurion
Address: Centurion Gate, Shop # 5, c/o John Voster & Akkerboom Street
Contact: 0126431916 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Performance time: 21h30


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