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DJ Bob’s Jazz Club is conveniently situated in a shady spot at the triangle junction and comes complete with Natural Mystic breakfast smoothies, Maverick Coffee, Shades of Jazz art gallery Bespoke knitwear sales by Metere de Scotche, a Wine Bar and bush recliners. Check out the Mabhlekfas Sessions from 9am daily offering poetry, comedy and carefully selected live Jazz performances before the DJ’s kick it off at midday until well into the starry-eyed Bushveld night. DJ’s performing are El Corazon, Mama Zeph, Sumthin Brown, Bubbles, Mxolisi Makhubo and DJ Bob with guest appearances by Joy Mode, DJ T! and DJ…

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Sanibonani to all you late bloomers, final additions, last minute bookings and procrastinators of note.

Remember this: Nothing is sacred, and you are always welkom at OppiKoppi, Nomakanjani. There are visionaries who went to sleep with Heavy Rocks on their chests to bring you this festival of notes, so please, abajitha, stop chasing shambolically tattoo’d 68 mumblers and other suspicious flash-in-the-pan characters. You see, you are just not where she sees herself right now. You are trying too hard and coming across as desperate. …

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Hello, hoezit and mhoroi shamwaris. Here is a fair warning: All too often we heap praise on others to realise our own appetite for self-indulgence. It is at times such as these that words like legend, icon and stalwart are bandied about with no real relevance. On the other hand, sometimes the appreciation and tributes are sincere: Oliver Mtukudzi merits double helpings of love, thank you’s and legendary status belt-driven accolades. This year’s OppiKoppi tribute artist started performing in Zimbabwe in 1977. That’s 41 years of Tuku Tunes.

His husky voice has become the most recognised to emerge from Zim…

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Since the primary days when Jazz records were first played at OppiKoppi, DJ Bob has carefully nurtured his motley audience to become familiar with other worldly Jazz and Funk sounds and has always brought new and exciting bands and sounds to the festival via the Sipho Gumede (206) Stage for 12 years, and then (only just) hosting the closing party at the upstairs bar for 8 years.

Some speculate that all of this was done in preparation for DJ Bob’s Jazz Club which was launched to much acclaim at OppiKoppi last year. This year the collective returns with over-loaded record…

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“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.

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Howzit South Africa’s finest. We were silent for a bit, but here we are now. Ready. Again. (Like Roger Federer but with fewer Rolexes). 2017 was a very interesting and fun year for us. Belgian investment, lots of experimentation with dates, acts, partnerships with our friends at Rocking the Daisies and plenty of behind the scenes manoeuvring in the small bar. We are super excited about some of the developments in the festival. It is crazy to think that 2018 is the 24th year of OppiKoppi and the dynamics, demographics and tunes keep changing; ffs, 24 years ago we did…

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Every year OppiKoppi pays tribute to an artist or band that we, The Mango Pickers, consider to be the meat in the patty, the sweet flesh of the Mango, the phuthu on the plate. Give respect where respect is due. Welcome greetings, praise songs and congratulations are in order for this year’s Tribute Artist: Mafikizolo.

Mafikizolo began performing and recording in 1997. That’s 20 years of consistent quality. Reliable and proper, the real makhoya van toeka af. During this time, they have remained true to themselves and avidly dedicated to their craft; they continue to give…

For a full lineup and other inspiring and vital information, visit www.oppikoppi.co.za

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Over the years and underneath the radar, the annual OppiKoppi theme and subsequent campaign have played an essential part in shaping the festival’s character and influencing the multiple Mango-picking factions to apply various degrees of prettification and titivation using strange materials and somewhat secular edifices which are left dangling from thorn trees and scattered in the dust long after the last lady sings.

In our quest to place fine art in the public domain we, The Mango Pickers, were recently led to Banele Khoza and Carlo Mombelli and managed to inveigle our media gurus into coupling their creations with our…

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Heritage sites, websites and satellites.

OppiKoppi #OK23MangoPicker Announces 2017 Festival Line-Up

Tshwane, South Africa — 26 June 2017 — — OppiKoppi, South Africa’s only festival with a heritage site, announce their line-up today via their website. Go to www.oppikoppi.co.za and let your data lead you.

Nothing is forever, and after 23 punishing years behind the speakers, it would appear that we, the Mango Pickers, are ready to take our place at the frontline of foot soldiers towards peace, love and (big) tunes. It’s now or never, a case of all or nothing (a case of anything…

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