Bam Bam Brown is one of the acts who will be playing at Oppikoppi Nomakanjani this coming weekend and he’s definitely on my list of acts that I want to see this weekend.
Raised in a city tickled by the oceans salty purr, the whirr’s and stir’s of the young doodleknocker has led Bam Bam Brown on a quest to uncover the work’s of Pappa Terra Firma’s brightest and most exciting young stone steppers, ie: The Wild Professors. These cat’s have been known to hang out in tunnels, on rooftops, with leather boots or flip flops,doing swing dance, rockin, lockin and hip hop and thrashing till the cops drop.
I recently had a chat to Bam Bam Brown about Oppikoppi and a few other things. This is what he had to say:
What have you been up to lately?
Mostly touring really! I’ve spent the year getting really up close and personal with the country and even it’s bordering brother and sister nations (Lesotho, Mozambique, Swaziland) as well as a quick stint. I’m starting to count my years in kilometres instead of minutes and hours. We also just filmed a really special show with aKing at the 2 Oceans Aquarium. Really special night actually, it was the only time of the week I could get my gran open for a dinner date, so it all fell into place really nicely I’d say. Seems to be the going theme for the year for us!
How many Oppikoppi festivals have you been to and which one was your favorite?
I think this on will be number 5 for me, I played at my first with an old act Saintfearless, after we got voted to play by some national poll, then the next year I hitch-hiked through Bloem from Cape Town just to go and watch bands. I managed to land a job helping out at Klein Bar for a few years which really dug my roots deeper into the farm and the heritage of the whole festival. There really are so many layers of lush culture and history left on those stages and throughout the whole place year in and year out. I think this one coming up is going to be my favourite. Aside from playing it’s just endearing so see the festival go back to it’s roots and still maintain a forward thinking ethos with it’s line-up.
What is the funniest thing you’ve seen at Oppikoppi?
One year myself and (guitarist) Johnny were both up working Klein Bar. It was Johnny’s first Koppi and as with every dusty virgin, one evening, the hymen of dignity must be broken. Johnny has a habit of riling people up and I walked in to check on the barmen one evening to find Johnny hanging on Klein Bar’s rafter in his underwear, and some guy had apparently been trying to chew his way through the actual bar itself on a dare. This about sets a standard of the level and texture of humor at Koppi, and it’s highly endearing.
What is the weirdest thing you’ve seen at Oppikoppi?
That’s actually a pretty tough question. There was one year myself and another crew member cross paths with really morose naked middle aged man. There was a fence seperating us and a fire on our side in the middle of the cold Koppi night, but he couldn’t get to our side, so we somehow landed up giving him a soft rendition of Phil Collin’s ‘Another Day In Paradise’ to try and make him feel better 🙂
What can music fans expect from your set at Oppikoppi this year?
Ah, well. Imagine Thom Yorke, Chris Cornell and Fela Kuti all got into a heated argument over a missing disco ball. Got it? Hold that thought…
I’d like to thank Bam Bam Brown for this interview and I wish him all of the best with his set at Oppikoppi Nomakanjani this weekend.
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