Team 10and5’s Oppikoppi highlights

The 10and5 team is going to Oppikoppi this year, and here’re the bands we’re looking forward to seeing. 

You’ll have read Dave Mann’s byline on 10and5 if you follow the local underground electronic music scene. In addition to music, Dave writes about the local graff scene and everything else that’s going on left of the mainstream. Dave’s Koppi highlights include: Asanda Mqiki – One hell of a performer and one of the nicest humans. Daev Martian – Dope hip-hop, jazz, electronic mashup. Hezron Chetty – who proves that classical instruments aren’t just for boring people. Bombshelter Beast – A very talented group of veteran performers and a high chance Pitch Black Afro will join too! 

Lauren Mitchell is 10and5’s in-house designer. She makes the monthly illustrations for Rosa Lyster’s existential horoscopes, created the awesome colour wash identity for this year’s Creative Womxn conference, and generally gets her hands dirty wherever creative flair is required. She says “I am incredibly proud of the local line-up this year, instead of complaining about the internationals (or lack thereof) we should rather be supporting local acts and recognise the diverse talent we have on our home ground.” Lauren’s Koppi band highlights look like this: Bittereinder – Never did Afrikaans rap make you want to dance so good making their Koppi debut, Art Snakes – Making their Koppi debut; these dark & heavy sounds make you feel things… The Plastics – Returning to Koppi after a long, long time (2012), the psychedelic hippies needed an excuse to wear flower crowns and dance holding hands. The Moths – A surf rock band that makes you feel like you’re in a western gun fight. 

Cas Tau is 10and5’s assistant video producer and influencer scouter. She works behind the scenes setting up shoots, wrangling people and making sure what’s supposed to happen does happen. Look out for Cas at Koppi this year wearing a Go-Pro. Her Koppi highlights feature: Nonku Phiri, I fell in love with her when I heard her ”Things We Do On The Weekend” track. I love her eclectic sound and really want to see her live. DJ Lag – He’s the Gqom king, Gqom is about how it makes you feel, not about the beat! Bongeziwe Mabandla – love his voice and afro-folk sound, the combination is unexplainably captivating. I’m really excited to see him live! Kid Fonque – because I can never get enough of Kid Fonque! 

Jessica Hunkin is the online editor of 10and5 and runs the site’s social channels. She keeps the editorial team to schedule and maintains the 10and5 voice across everything that’s published. If you’ve ever engaged with 10and5, the chances are you’ve probably been speaking to Jess. Her Koppi highlights are: Late Night Fox, Nakhane Toure, Sol Gems and Tresor. Jess is explicitly uninterested in the main international headline act, Yelawolf.  

Layla Leiman is the editor of 10and5. While she’s attended many music festivals in the past, this year will be her maiden Koppi voyage. She is approaching it with a mixture of trepidation and excitement. Layla’s looking forward to seeing: The Tazers, Petite Noir, Medicine Boy, and having a day jol at OppiBoosh.

Elisma Roets is 10and5’s head of commercial and new business lead. Oppikoppi has a special place in Elisma’s heart, and this year she’s making a return to the bushveld festival after an extended leave of absence. She says that “this year I’m all about seeing my favourite acts and trying to work in some new ones”. Here’s a few of the acts on her list: The Narrow – Absolutely one of my favourite bands to watch at a festival. They’ve been off the scene for a while so I’m extremely excited to see them play. It’s pure Pretoria nostalgia for me. Schalk Jourbert Band, Matthew van der Want, Valiant Swart and Anton L’amour – These guys are my Koppi favourites. They bring together what Koppi is about. Blues, Afrikaanse Rock, poetry; three beautiful shows I can’t miss! Fokofpolisiekar – I am definitely NOT missing this. Sorry Koppi crew but I’ll be the one trying to sneak in back stage for this! I’ve seen Fokof a million times and it never gets old. Petite Noir – Drop everything and run for the stage. Not missing this for anything. 

If you see us, come say hi! We’ll be out and about scouting Koppi Confessions. Come and share your darkest, funniest, weirdest, whateverist Koppi story with us for our video.

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