ELMARIE KRUGER: Amid the dust and excitement at Oppikoppi 2014, Zebra & Giraffe spoke to Perdeby about acoustic sets, their upcoming album and their newest single.
You’ve just completed your annual “stripped-down” tour. Does performing in this unique way give you a different perspective on your older material?
It’s weird going back to songs that were written six or seven years ago and to redo them for an acoustic set. It’s interesting and hard and some songs don’t work. A lot of songs need to be reworked and totally changed up, which gives them a whole new sound.
MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: For the first time HomeComing Picnic took charge of the Skellum Stage on the second day of Oppikoppi. The stage’s lineup featured some of the biggest names in rap, hip-hop and house such as HHP and The Muffinz.
Katlego Malatji, co-founder of HomeComing Picnic, told Perdeby that the partnership between HomeComing Picnic and Oppikoppi “came as a result of quite a number of interactions between us and Hilltop Live where we have agreed to partner up on projects to sort of bridge social and cultural gaps in entertainment”.
Malatji said the reason for this is because “people think Homecoming is a black thing or Oppi is an Afrikaans thing and since we are both leaders in our fields it only made sense for us to join forces”.
ELMARIE KRUGER: Day three of Oppikoppi Odyssey started out much cloudier than the previous two, but the weather soon cleared up and Oppi-goers dared to venture out of their tents and back to the stages.
However, in addition to the scheduled musical entertainment, the day also provided for amusement in the shape of Oppikoppi’s annual Dustbowl Olympics. This year, the event took the form of a “running of the gods” race. Costumed dustbowl puritans gathered for the event in imaginative (and sometimes ridiculous) attire. At 13:00 a mass of toga-wearing, sword-wielding Spartans and Homeric heroes took off to see who would arise as the victor in this event. One creative contestant arrived accurately dressed as Thor – complete with Mjölnir.
MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: The Muffinz have become a well-known name on the local music scene. They’re currently busy finishing up their next offering I’m Still Standing and took time out to perform on the HomeComing Picnic Stage at Oppikoppi. Perdeby chatted to Keke and Simz about their progress.
Has there been a development in your sound from your previous albums?
Keke: There is a lot of growth from our first album. With our first album we were still babies in the industry. We knew what we wanted but we were still babies. I think this time around weknow what we want and we’re doing things on our own accord. I think the difference is also that we’re producing it ourselves, the second album. This time around we’re doing things on our own and we’re excited.
ELMARIE KRUGER: This September, Taxi Violence will celebrate their tenth birthday. Perdeby sat down with bassist Jason Ling at this year’s Oppikoppi festival to discuss their forthcoming anniversary album.
Oppikoppi commemorates its 20thanniversary this year. What does it mean to the band to be performing at this momentous event?
It’s our ten-year anniversary as a band, so it’s nice to share an anniversary together with someone. It’s their 20th year and our tenth so everyone is celebrating something, which makes it special on both sides.
You’re launching your ten-year anniversary album in September, which is very significant. What does this mean to the band?
It’s a bit like when you read a good book and you reach the end of a nice chapter. It’s the same way for us: not the end of the book, but the end of a good chapter. It sums up what we’ve made through in these ten years. Anyone who’s in a band in South Africa will know that it’s quite tough, it’s hard work and it’s not easy to get recognition and to carry on. So ten years for us is a big thing. It’s an assessment of our friendship as a band.
MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: 2014 has seen the slow release of ChristianTigerSchool’s new album Chrome Tapes. Luc Vermeer, one half of the duo, chatted to Perdeby about their new material.
Your process for releasing the new album has been quite a unique one. Why did you decide on it?
I think we were just really eager to release something but not the full thing. So we thought about it and made [it] into a process so that we could show, in a sense, what we were doing but not the whole thing. I bought a tape machine and I think that’s why we started releasing tapes. It didn’t work. We had to take it to a farm to get all the tapes recorded. So we just decide to release it like that and then possibly release some form of video and then hopefully the full album as well – so, sort of multi-formatted instead of a plain release. We wanted to do something more than that, something a little more involved.
ELMARIE KRUGER: MonArk’s debut album Negatives is a pop-rock explosion that is certain to inspire its listeners. “Only one”, the album’s opening track, ensures that the record begins strongly and forcefully. This makes the album appealing from the get-go. The band’s latest single “Something” is an excellent follow-up, contributing to the rest of the radio-ready songs on the album. Like the song itself, its video is loaded with meaning, as all of MonArk’s music videos to date have been.
“Build it up” is the band’s second big single and is sure to have fans singing and dancing along in no time while “Smiling”, with its awe-inspiring chorus and imaginative video (directed by Bouwer Bosch) warmed the hearts of many when it first graced South Africa’s airwaves.
MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: For the 20th year in a row, the arid plains of a farm up in Northam were overrun by prawns craving dust, sweet sounds and revelry – nothing less than a guarantee from Oppikoppi. This year’s theme was Odyssey, as South Africa’s biggest music festival celebrated the Greeks and all things classic.
The festival kicked off on Thursday with many of the festivalgoers having arrived early that morning or the day before. The weather was hot and the bands were even hotter. The programme for Thursday was rather laidback and highlights included Wrestlerish, who played one of their last live performances, and Bittereinder. An exciting discovery was Fridge Poetry who played on the small Ray-Ban Top Bar Stage and had people dancing on the tables to their brassy punk sound.
LIZL LOMBAARD AND YANGA TYIKWE: Sometimes characters surpass the movies they feature in. They form part of our memories and we love them so much that we forget that they are only fictional.
During his lifetime, Robin Williams portrayed an astounding number of these iconic characters. Williams possessed an unparalled talent to fit into characters which were polar opposites, and it is because of this that in his long career he has appealed to the child, the teenager and the adult.
MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: This year’s Oppikoppi lineup showcases 147 different bands. With so much to choose from, missing some performances is an unfortunate necessity. However, there are a number of local acts that would be shameful to miss. One is small, one is old and one consists of industry giants, but all have very specific and good reasons to be included on your festival programme.
Flint, meet Spark
These Tuks students have talent and for the second time this duo will be performing for the dusty masses. Adelle and Josh intertwine their vocal and guitar skills to create beautiful and peaceful melodies. Even if folk music isn’t your thing, it’s cool to support fellow students.