Heading to The Ol’ Koppi this weekend? Well, then we’ve got just the selection of Music you should be blasting on your way to the grand and infamous Farm in Northam Limpopo. This year OppiKoppi [Nomakanjani] lineup is filled with a diverse and vibrant mix of local talent and selectas, producing probably one of the most wholesome and honest lineups in a while. We’re ecstatic to see Koppi return August and maybe even more ecstatic for this weekend. Whether or not you’re attending this weekend, crank up this volume for some of South Africas most talented electronic artists below:
“Old man look at my life, 24 and there’s so much more.” Neil Young sang these words 46 years ago, and we’ve been waiting a long time to use the quote. This year OppiKoppi is 24 years in the making, and we’re still moving forward, Nomakanjani.
To paraphrase the great Felix LaBand “I’m not afraid of moving slowly, but I’m afraid of standing still.” We are still standing, and let’s be honest: the move to October was a dim one. There is only one August, one OppiKoppi and One Nation Under a Groove. No matter what.
Go take a look at this year’s artwork, faithfully created by Resoborg, and you see a heartfelt masterpiece depicting fairy tales and love affairs with the bushveld and relentless music. You can see star-crossed lovers, fables and legends that roam the inner circle of the koppi core. They are still there for you, the wayward one, they wait anxiously for your sweet return. And so, in life, there comes a time when you have to stop your wayward wandering; then reflect and take stock of your intentions, your pipe dreams and aspirations and drift into new territories and experiences. In the words of Bra Hugh Masekela: “Love, Learn and Teach.”
At OppiKoppi we have always believed in the music of Mzansi, and this year we continue to promote and revel in our best local artists. The hit squad that sits in the heart of the machine is bringing it all back home: more focus on fresh local produce and shying away from hyped imports and expensive artists from abroad is the plan for now, at least. What does this mean? This means that the James Phillips Main Stage will be groomed prim and proper to once again claim its rightful place as the thatch of thatches and the leading light at a festival that has been, um, going through stages. Expect a tighter and more condensed festival, packed to the brim with bands and artists that reek of faculty and chutzpah.” – OppiKoppi [Nomakanjani] 2018