“Old man look at my life, 24 and there’s so much more.” Neil Young sang these words 46 years ago, and our friends at OppiKoppi have been waiting a long time to use the quote. This year OppiKoppi is 24 years in the making, and they’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.” OppoKoppi is 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.”

There is no denying that the good people at OppiKoppi have always believed in the music of Mzansi, and this year they 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 Mein 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 hutzpah. Check these carefully chosen connoisseurs of prime tunes: Bam Bam Brown, Bed on Bricks, Black Cat Bones, Bongeziwe Mabandla, Brynn, Cockles, CrashCarBurn, Die Horries, Die See, Fokofpolisiekar, Hellcats, Hello Beautiful, Last Chance Seattle, Luma, Ohgod, Retro Dizzy, Satanic Dagga Orgy, Sea of Green, Sho Madjozi, Southern Wild, Spoegwolf, Stoker, Strait Jackal, Sun Xa Experiment, The George, Van Pletzen, Vulvodynia, Wonderboom.

Be sure not to miss OppiKoppi24: Nomakanjani.

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