Author: Baas De Beer

Music-loving opinionist. Slightly proud member of the human race.

I spoke to Hanu de Jong from the band Not My Dog the other day.  Here’s what he had to say: How many Oppikoppi’s have YOU been to? And as a band? I’ve been to about 20 if you include the April fests and the “trek” to Worcester in 2000. I have been booked for Koppi’s from August 1999. What stood out at Koppi 2011 for you? This year felt very open and roomy… I think it had something to do with Oom Boors and his staff clearing out some veld. More space to pitch tents and park out of…

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Firstly, let me get it this out of the way. I was an Oppikoppi Virgin, but I’m not anymore. Yes, I have never before been to South Africa’s greatest music festival, but this does not however mean that I am a newbie in the entertainment world. I have been to more gigs, shows and festivals than I can remember. Here are more reasons that I’m not an Oppikoppi Virgin anymore… I’ve done the whole shebang from playing in a band myself to organising tours. Furthermore, I have roughed it in informal settlements for months in African countries. I’ve done survivor…

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What do you call an interview after Oppikoppi? An afterview of course. I had a chat with Jaco van der Merwe from Bittereinder, who, in my humble opinion, were the best local act at Oppikoppi 2011. How many Oppikoppi’s have YOU been to? And as a band? Peach has performed at 10 Oppikoppi’s, with SHU, Yesterday’s Pupil, Tumi, Jack Parow and kidofdoom amongst others. My (Jaco’s) first band played a good one in 2005. As a band, this is our first one, partly because we’ve only been playing live shows since February this year… Is Bittereinder a band? A group? An ensemble? Yes.…

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