FOKOFPOLISIEKAR woke up this morning feeling like a million bucks… for real.
On the evening of 16 May 2017 the band struck the record amount of R1 000 000 with their Thundafund crowdfunding campaign, going down in history again and, this time, for all the right reasons.
This figure is unprecedented for a South African based Rewards Crowdfunding platform according to Thundafund.
Thundafund’s founder, CEO and Director, Patrick Schofield is just as excited as the band: “Crowdfunding has come of age in South Africa and it has a name,'Fokofpolisiekar'! As Thundafund we've been delighted to work with and host the most successful crowdfunding campaign ever run on a South African platform, R1 010 000 and counting. People ask us does crowdfunding work in South Africa, is our market big enough? The resounding answer, YES. Congratulations to the band, the fans and their supporters. The crowd has spoken.”
With 4 days left of this crowdfunding campaign, the band more than doubled their original dream goal of R500 000. So far nearly 1 300 impassioned fans backed the campaign with Lush Festival and Converse contributing R100 000 each.
The success of this campaign is no small feat in a challenging music industry. It proves the potential that can be reached and the lengths Fokofpolisiekar’s fans will go to hear new music from the band.
To show their heartfelt appreciation Die Bende (as they are affectionately known), pledged a free show to Cape Town fans when they reached R700 000 and a free show to Gauteng fans when they hit the R800 000 mark. The free show in Cape Town will be held at Mercury Live on 25th May. Details for the free show in Gauteng is yet to be confirmed.
It’s about the Music
The main focus for the band now is to finish writing the album as they start recording in June. The guys get together as much as possible to write a full length album worth waiting 11 years for.
“We write the music that we like and what we would like to listen to. This is how we’ve always done it. If all 5 of us like it, it is good enough to take further. That is how we filter and select the songs that will go on the album,” says Wynand Myburgh, bassist and manager of Fokofpolisiekar.
Fokofpolisiekar songs are always very personal. The topics derive from conversations between the 5 members about everything happening around them and how they are influenced by their environment. Hunter Kennedy is the main lyricist and has the unique ability to capture the band’s vibe.
There is no working title for the album yet, but the band shared a photo on social media of working titles for the tracks.
The official release date of the album is 3 October 2017, accompanied by the release of the first singles and music video.
In true Fokofpolisiekar tradition, the guys will hit the road to launch their album countrywide.
Confirmed dates for the album launch tour:
7 October 2017 – Rocking The Daisies 12 October 2017 - Mystic Boer, Potchefstroom 13 October 2017 - Mystic Boer, Bloemfontein 14 October 2017 - Good Luck Bar, JHB 15 October 2017 - Atterbury Teater, Pretoria (All ages) 27 October 2017 - The Jock Pub & Grill, Nelspruit 28 October 2017 – Voortrekker Monument, Pretoria 29 October 2017 - Dozi's Back to the Roots
Catch Fokof LIVE!
Date: 21 May 2017 – Park Acoustics
Line up: Fokofpolisiekar & others
Venue: Park Acoustics
Address: Voortrekker monument
Contact person: Henk van der Schyf 0799050427
Ticket price: R100 students | R120 online | R150 gate
Date: 25 May 2017 – Free Show
Venue: Mercury Live
Address: 43 De Villiers Street, Zonnebloem, Cape Town
Date: 30 June 2017
Address: C/o Jennings & Ds. Krige Street, Daspoort
Contact: Duarte – 078 441 1178
Doors open: 18h00
Performance time: 21h00
Ticket price: R100 p/p
Purchasing tickets: At the venue
Date: 8 July 2017
Injustice 2 Championship Series Grand Final
Line up: Fokofpolisiekar & Jack Parow
Address: Corner off Graham and Boschkop, Zwavelpoort, Pretoria East
Contact: 071 471 6698
Doors open: 7pm
Performance time: 9pm
Ticket price: R150
Purchasing tickets: https://itickets.co.za/events/381025