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Francois has always had an affinity for music. Moving to Bellville, Western Cape in early childhood, he participated at high school in a battle of the bands competition where he performed the vocals for the band. He was later kicked out of the band, which put him off performing vocals for a while.

About his early he has said “I actually never had a clue what I wanted to do with my life. I think until I was basically 16 years old I wanted to play rugby, and during that time you couldn’t even do that as a career. I played Craven Week in primary school and first team in high school, and I even played club rugby for a year after school as well. I played scrumhalf. So I was quite serious about rugby.”

Francois’s strong Christian upbringing (his father was a PASTOR) led him to create the Christian band AS18 however he later gained country-wide notoriety when he founded the band Fokoffpolisiekar . The band was initially started as a joke to shock the widely conservative Afrikaans community. Francois recalls that, “My mom cried for a day or two when she heard the name of the band”. After initial performances which were hugely successful his father asked him to change his surname as he (his father) being a minister, was receiving complaints about his son’s performances from the local church-going community. Francois Badenhorst  obligingly became  “Van Coke” !!!

Francois is married to the lovely  Lauren Badenhorst and they have the most beautiful little girl called Alex Lila.

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Mr Cat & The Jackal is a unique five piece multi-instrumental group often described as experimental acoustic folk music through exploring blues, tango, pirate, Balkan and Irish themes with a circus of sounds created by foreign and their own handmade instruments. The band formed in 2006, originally devoted to writing musical scores for theatre, including Shakespeare’s ‘THE TEMPEST’.

Gertjie Besselsen, Actor, Writer of scores for Film and TV, Stellenbosch Graduate and multi award winner was one of the founder members of their ‘WAY OUT’ archetypal music genre for which they are also widely acclaimed here and overseas

Their live performance is undoubtedly a complete theatrical experience.


Brent is an award winning writer, actor and comedian. He has worked extensively in TV, film and Theatre. His most recent TV credits include roles in ‘Tali’s Wedding Diary’(Showmax), ‘Those who Can’t’(SABC) and ‘Jamilla and Alladin’(CBBC). Brent has also acted in a number of Fugard Theatre productions including award winning ‘A Steady Rain’, alongside Nicholas Pauling, ‘The Father’ alongside Marius Wyers and Louis Viljoen’s play The Kingmakers. In 2012 Brent wrote and acted in ‘Bench’, a Fleur Du Cap nominated script, in which he appeared alongside Adrian Collins. Brent also wrote ‘Witnesses’ which won the Fleur Du Cap for best direction award for Mathew Wilde in 2005

Together with BenchFilms; Brent co-produced, wrote and appeared in the 2015 SAFTA winning short film ‘Picture Perfect Heist’. The team are currently developing a funded feature film of the same name. Brent wrote, directed and acted in a short film called ‘The Agency’ which made the top three at the Schnit film festival

Brent has used his comedic talents to direct successful shows for comedians such as Nik Rabinowitz, Siv Ngesi, Gaetan Schmit, Stuart Taylor and many more. Brent is a regular feature at the Cape Town Comedy Club and has worked alongside comedians like John Kurt Schoonraadt, Mel Miller and Trevor Noah. Brent is also currently directing Siv Ngesi’s new stand up show for the Baxter called SIV-ILIZED

He regularly uses his skills in the corporate world where he presents workshops on story, communication and presentation skills


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