Pick of the Oppikoppi Pack

2007-08-07 21:58
Thursday August 9
Dorp at 5pm
Bored by bombastic stadium rock clichés? Tune into this expatriate SA foursome’s alt. rock overhaul that mashes up the avant-garde excesses of European rock, classic pop and electro to create a contagious live experience that’s perfect for braaiers, boozers, and just about anyone wanting to party!

Groove Armada at 9pm
Experimentation is the game for these London-based dance lunatics. Expect a funked up, full band set of ass-shakers that skips between retro 80s dance pop cocktails, slow cooked reggae skanks, garage grime, sultry trip-hop resurrections, progressive indie-breakbeat funk and yes, a couple of their signature sundowners-ready chill out classics.

Violent Femmes at 11pm
Old school anyone? This cult American country punk gang bang has been making violent waves in alternative rock since way back in the 80s. Post-punk and full of cow-poking funk, the Femmes slam up against the lead-guitarist grain and give the lead singer some air-time. If you’re after a truly legendary mosh-pit party then don’t miss these Femmes adding it up. Altogether now, “Why Can’t I Get Just One Kiss!”

Fokofpolisiekar at 12.30am
They may have finally learned to play their instruments, but Afrikaans garage rock champions Fokofpolisiekar aren’t ready to become Watershed just yet. Catch Francois van Coke (lead vocals), Hunter Kennedy (guitar), Johnny de Ridder (lead guitar), Wynand Myburgh (bass) and Jaco Venter (drums) giving us all a worthwhile reason to go bos at their last live concert ever.

Friday August 10
Black Hotels at 2pm
Critics are hailing these Joburg-based indie-rockers for their 'Edgars-chic' appeal. Hey, in a scene obsessed with sleazy skinny jeans that's as hip as having a sound that sits snugly between Interpol, REM, Jim Neversink and okay, Loaded-era Velvet Undeground.

Lira at 6pm
Soul songbird Lira drags R&B out of its booty straightjacket with her classy urban jazzy joints. Expect a bejazzled flow of Sade-soulful breezes like “Feel Good”, funky hip-shaking Afro-Latin scats, playful Afro-pop romps and more.

Saturday August 10
Foto na Dans at 4pm
Are these young Afrikaans garage rock guns really more than just a savvy cocktail of the best bits of the Springbok Nude Girls and Fokofpolisiekar? Well now, that comparison is enough reason to check 'em out, isn't it?

HHP at 8pm
For Hip Hop Pantsula the medium remains the message. Sidestepping any annoying attempts to hard sell hip-hop as some kind of 'new' kwaito, this fleet-footed emcee fires up an appetising urban melting pot of traditional mbube, retro disco, blunted reggae and so much more.

Karen Zoid at 10pm
Don't be fooled by the tabloid rumours. Karen is still this country's hardest rawking chick. She'll be debuting songs off her brand new indie-label release, Postmodern World at this year's fest too.

Valiant Swart & Ollie Viljoen at midnight
Mystic blues rocker Valiant Swart and accordion maestro Ollie Viljoen embark on a 100% veld-fed celebration of Afrikaans folk music. Expect a nostalgic time trip through small town liefdes ditties, bakgat braaivleis boogies, lekker luister langar, smaaklike sakkie jol celebrations and hip ‘n haunting tales of love lost in the bottom of the bottle.

Thursday August 9
Love Jones at 6pm
The best thing to hit a female-fronted South African indie-pop-rock band since…um, sliced bread, no make that The Led? Sure, why not! Young, vibrant and taking over the airwaves, Esjay Jones and her glamming good combo promises to be the perfect festival pick me up to make sure you start feeling the Love Jones in the core of your bones.

Youngblood Brass Band at 8pm
Does music have limits? Not for the Youngblood Brass Band. Picture trumpets, trombones, saxophones, sousaphones, drums and an emcee speaking in genre-morphing tongues, and mixing and blending an unbelievable 21st century fusion of jazz and hip-hop. Imagine a traditional New Orleans brass band improvising over tight street beats with an unapologetically punk attitude. Hell, give it name if you need too, the Youngbloods have: “Riot Jazz”.

The Parlotones at 10pm
For a South African band these upwardly mobile modern rockers sure sound British. Who cares where the hell they hail from when they combine catchy-feely Brit-rock hooks and sensitively cynical lyrics into radio-ready, ironically cool renditions of Boom Boom Room's 80s classic "Here Comes A Man"? Even better, at the koppi this year, Kahn and co. preview killer new cuts off their brand new CD.

Friday August 10
Japan And I at 5pm
Join Joburg’s spunkiest three-chord theorists on their mission to give frat-boy emo-pop posers a pussy-powered punk wake up call.

kidofdoom at 7pm
Post rock finally takes root in of all places, Pretoria. If you're bored by hard rock tonsil-toasters and flamboyant frontmen then their murky oceanic soundscapes are sure to be the perfect instrumental head rush.

Dirty Skirts at 11pm
Expect a contagious indie-rock cocktail of inter-textual tunes that drags your ass onto the dance floor through sardonic exposés of Cape Town’s notoriously cliquey club culture of getting high, partying non-stop, and screwing anything in sight.

Saturday August 11
Desmond & the Tutus at 1pm
Catchy lo-fi retro guitar hooks and a dose of kwela-funk comes together in an indie-rock algorithm that’s unmistakably South African without being a crossover cliché. Funnier than Corne & Twakkie, these Tutus romp from absurdist fables about saggy-bottomed Speedo swimmers to lovelorn odes to gothic chicks and back.

Thursday August 9
Josie Field at 4pm
Looking for an SA equivalent to Alanis Morrisette? Expect impassioned acoustic guitar strummed croons and downbeat, yet curiously comforting alt. pop confessionals that range from bruised femme-folk rockers to soaring modern rock excursions and wry unplugged smiles.

Kwani Experience unplugged at 6pm
Forget Freshlyground’s Rainbow Nation pop recipe. Experience a Jozi octet mapping Mzansi’s hip inner city pulse with a bewitching jazz, soul, funk and kwaito-hop brew.

Friday August 10
Harris Tweed unplugged at 7pm
Imagine Henry Ate's Karma inviting Sarah Mac round for a cup of tea and a chat and you've got some idea of where this whimsical indie-folk pop duo is on the musical map. Enjoy a palate-cleansing pot of downbeat ballads, airy alt.country cruises and cute 'n cuddly unplugged ditties.

Saturday August 11
Nibs van der Spuy & Guy Buttery at 5pm
Expect a mesmerising tapestry of impressionist acoustic guitar sketches, quietly psychedelic sitar improvisations and mandolin-picked pastoral tone poems kissed with classical, folk, bluegrass and avant-garde filters from these acoustic guitar gurus.

Thursday August 9
Closet Snare at 5.30pm
DJ Sibot (turntables), Kesivan Naidoo (drums), Lee Thomson (trumpet, fx), Mark Buchanan (electric guitar, sampler, fretless bass), Sean Ou Tim (electric, stick bass) and VJ Grrllll (eye candy) promise audiences a journey deep into electro-acoustic improvisation. Think moody post-cool jazz and ecstatic outbursts of improvised abstraction, filtered with a panoply of rhythms ranging from funky break beats and cooking swing to blunted hip-hop and beyond.

Lark at 8.30pm
If you must drop something hallucinogenic, then make sure it’s the stiletto-spiked electro-clash of dominatrix disco diva Inge Beckmann and her Lark lads. Imagine Bjork in a threesome with Coco Rosie…go on, just try it.

MaxNormal.TV at 10pm
Messianic MC Waddy Jones has a new b®and: corporate hip-hop crew Max Normal.TV. Nope, Max’s spiffy three-piece suits and motivational speaker raps aren’t just a leftfield deconstruction of P. Diddy’s bling. Jones is channelling his target market savvy, seed capital constructions, product control pie charts and employment equity assessments into high-energy, hip-hop power point presentations for Yolandi Visser (PA, visuals, vocals), Justin Denobrega (synthesizer, samples), Jakob Basson (synthesizer) and Anthony Dart (design) that are “perfect for the club, concert, or boardroom.” This year they’ll be giving us a master class in exactly what the “Way of the Dassie” is all about.

The Loose Cannons at 11pm or midnight
UK mixing and scratching kings, Kaiser Saucy and Lord Fader are on a mission to set the veld on fire with their hot remixes of loads of today’s chart topping sizzlers. Shucks, sounds a bit corny doesn’t it? Forget about it! Expect an outrageously offbeat DJ set from this bizarrely talented deck coupling whose choice of names clearly shows they have one serious sense of humour.

Stanton Warriors at 12.30am or 1.30am
This army of studio-engineers, producers, and remixers have conquered House, Nu Breaks and Dance to bring you high voltage mixes that pretty much recreated the British garage scene. Put plainly: they’re the dudes who put electric content back into British electronica.

Friday August 10
Somerfaan at 7pm
How can an Afrikaans electro-hop superhero 'keep it real' in an age of pimped up beef and bling? Catch At Nel battling the bling by surfing through a lo-fidelity mash-up of El-P, Gary Numan, Sigue Sigue Sputnik, Third Eye Foundation, Laibach, Koos Doep and Baltimora’s “Tarzan Boy".

Saturday August 11
These snappy big band cats brew up a 100% homegrown concoction of reggae, rock and jazz filtered Afrikan ska. We’re talking happy street-feet music with dashes of blues, touches of swing and hell, any flava that feels iery. If their blunted Afro-ska joints don’t get you saying “it’s all good man” in a ragga-muffin accent while shaking your ass then nothing will.

Language 12 at 7.30pm
Trumpeter Marcus Wyatt speaks a future jazz esperanto of drum 'n bass filtered funk rock fusion, conscious hipster raps, chilled R&B cocktail lounge croons, sexy Brazilian Bossa Nova breeze and burnished African blues ballads. Yep, this is music from the heart, the head and the 'hip'.

Zuluboy at 10.30pm
Ever noticed how so many SA hip-hop acts seem obsessed with rhyming about chasing bling, booty and the benjamins? Tune into a lyrically conscious KZN rebel rapper on a mission to keep Mzansi hip-hop real by rapping in the vernacular.

Tumi at 11.30pm
Tumi ain't just another bling-rapper, bru. This lyrically-conscious dude is a street poet. Hear him drop some cosmic versifications off his Sama-nominated CD, Music For My Good Eye.

Zubz at 12.30am
“Music is like a uterus…when I’m using this mic I use it like an ultra sound scan,” advocates this cosmic rapper. Okay, so imagining a headphone cable as an umbilical chord connected to hip-hop’s womb isn’t likely to get the kids throwing their hands in the air and shaking their asses like they just don’t care. But hey, it sure beats the crap out of ‘pass me the Courvoisier while I snort another gram off your booty, bitch!’

So you're keen to catch Lark, but some cats called The Youngblood Brass Band sound great and oh shucks, you can't decide whether Grammy-nominated emo-rockers Jimmy Eat World are any good? Nope don't get pissed and spend the entire festival in the bogs. Instead, read our pick of the Koppi pack to make sure your Way of the Dassie experience is 100% killer and no-filler.

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