OppiKoppi 23: Me now, the Mango Picker
OppiKoppi is the biggest multiple day music festival held in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, near the mining town of Northam. The first ever band weekend at the OppiKoppi farm took place in May 1994 with Valiant Swart, Koos Kombuis and few hundred people in the small bar. It has since grown substantially, with the addition of many new stages and thousands of people turning up each year. The festival is regarded by some as the primary influence in jump-starting the South African rock music movement in the late 90s. Thousands of people still flock to the farm to camp out in the bush and enjoy simultaneous performances on 7 stages (and a few roving pieces of craziness).
Although the festival started off focusing mostly on rock music, more genres were soon added and now plays host to roughly 160 sets of international and South African music and entertainment acts of all genres including rock, hip hop, hardcore, punk, ska, folk, blues, drum ‘n bass, big beats, kwaito, jazz, funk, traditional, world music, comedy, metal, indie, house and other genres. OppiKoppi has always been at the forefront of what is happening in the socio-economic and political contexts in South Africa, doing it’s part to change the country and bringing people together in a spontaneous/natural way.
The theme for OppiKoppi 23: “Me now the mango Picker”
Theme: Inspired by a strangely beautiful tune by Carlo Mombelli, bass jazz maestro who many people claim are one of the world’s finest.