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Van Coke Kartel – Here Man

9 Dec

Daar is ‘n nuwe Van Coke Kartel music video uit, en hy is lekker.

Van Coke Kartel - Here ManDie song self is catchy, met ‘n polsende antemiese gevoel (ja, dis die beste vertaling wat ek kon pleeg vir thumping anthemic vibe). Die video herinner tot ‘n mate aan jarre terug se HiKaToRi animations (almal saam: MELK… MAN! Sêmywaarheenjywilgaan MELK MAN!) maar in ‘n sterk ander styl gedoen. Meer as net funky prentjies, vertel die video ‘n storie, en dis iets wat in baie van die music videos wat deesdae uitkom, erg mis.

Jy mag dalk ‘n streak in die animation sien wat bekend lyk, veral as jy Jack Parow se onlangse video vir Fok Fokkity Fok gesien het. Dis waarskynlik omdat die super talented Keegan Thornhill op beide projekte gewerk het.

Wel, ek love dit. Wat dink jy van die video?

As bonus, hier is Jack Parow se nuutse sommer ook:


Drop ‘n comment, en deel sommer die storie met jou maatjies terwyl jy hier is. Hulle sal jou meer like, en dus meer shots vir jou koop as jul uitgaan.

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Oppikoppi 2014 – The Baas Awards

11 Aug

Oppikoppi CrowdOppikoppi is over, and before the last of the dust is coughed from your dusty lungs, allow me to present to you my version of a post-Oppikoppi post…

I present to you *insert drum roll here*
The Oppikoppi 2014 Baas Awards

I will attempt to dish out some awards based on what I experienced at the 20th anniversary of South Africa’s most renown (notorious?) music festival. I am, in spite of evidence to the contrary, a mere human. Therefore I did miss some elements, and some awesome ones at that.
Enough of the blah blah, here… have some awards:

Oppikoppi Wesley'ss Dome - A fan's PerspectiveStage
Wesley’s Dome

Visually attractive, best sound, best managed stage and well-kept terrain in front of the stage. Although my favourite stage at the festival will always be the small stage at the top bar, the dome takes the award for best stage not only because it was the main main stage, but simply because everything was awesome *insert Lego movie reference here*

 

Oppikoppi BraaiBoyFood
BraaiBoy
Call me biassed, but my mates BraaiBoy and Borries deserve this award for a few reasons. It was the first time they had the stall at the festival, and they were constantly busy. I heard from several random people that the free pork crackling with Jimmy’s Sauce they had there, saved lives. The pulled pork burgers, babbelas breakfast and BraaiBoy boeries proved to be a firm crowd favourite.

 

Oppikoppi Texty Benches Texty BenchesNew Feature
Texty Benches
Every year, the ridiculously creative folks at Hilltop introduce some funky new little feature. This year a trojan horse infiltrated District 9, gods and goddesses were dressed up and much, much more. But my award goes to those benches that looked like bus-stops, with awesome quotes written on them. Not only did they provide much needed seating for weary travellers, but also great conversation pieces.

 

Tom not at OppikoppiCraziest Person
Tom da Silva

The Australian dude with dreadlocks and snake-experience was everywhere. And batshit crazy. From his experiences with dubious elements, to doing the Naked Run and everything else, this is one crazy mofo. I mean, when 3 random people (including some people who worked in the production office) tell you that this was the craziest of crazy, you believe them. When I bumped into him at KFC afterwards, he proved to be a real nice dude. Still, insane.

 

Oppikoppi Bar staffBar
Windhoek Bar

Quick service, cold beer, good seating, well placed (could sit there and experience the action on the Wesley’s Dome stage, or just pop around to Skellum) and overall a good festival bar experience.
Kudo’s to the guys from Aandklas who ran it so well…

 

 

 

 

 

Now, let’s get to the only thing that really matters. The Music.

Oppikoppi BandoleroCollaboration
Bandolero
Musicians play together, that’s what they do. These guys just took it to the next level. Andé Kriel (Black Cat Bones), Gareth Wilson & Tammy Wilson (Southern Gypsy Queen), Jaco Mans (Die See), Albert Frost, Chris TunderVolt (Black Cat Bones, Boargazm), David Beretta Owens (Lithium), Chris Kreef (yes, the Kreef hotel guy), Jonathan Peyper, Greg & Dave Georgiades… Can you say ohmyfuckthatisinsaneWOW!?
Quite a few collabs happened at Koppi. Special mention has to go to Dan Patlansky and Albert Frost, as well as the early morning surprise by Valiant Swart, Albert Frost, Schalk Joubert, Vernon Swart & Simon Orange and the Wolfmother dude (see William Welfare’s video here).

 

Stoker while cleanerNew Discovery
Stoker

Before Oppikoppi, Gareth Wilson told me to keep an eye out for these guys.. and boy, was he right!? They absolutely blew my mind. Energetic, fresh, professional and musically exceptional. These guys will go far.
Special mention has to go to The Sextons. I really liked their tunes (and they laughed when I made the obligatory “ton of sex” joke, so they’re nice too).

 

Oppikoppi Jonathan PeyperFresh Talent
Jonathan Peyper
Not to be confused with the new discovery award, which goes to a band/artist I saw for the first time, this award goes to the fresh talent that impressed me most. Jonathan is an extremely diverse, young, super talented and driven artist. His amazing vocals are second only to his insane guitar skills. This guy plays the electric the way it’s supposed to be done: With feel.
If you need a reason to like me more, take my suggestion to heart and go see one of his shows.

 

Conrad Jamneck of  The Fake Leather Blues BandParty Band
Fake Leather Blues
By no means does this award mean that they are just a cover band doing feel-good songs. Fake Leather is a seriously brilliant ensemble of seriously talented musicians making seriously awesome music… they just happen to be seriously hilarious too, and this makes for a seriously enjoyable experience. From front-man Conrad Jamneck’s costumes, quips and shenanigans through to the electric chemistry between the entire band, this is the full band package. If it’s a party you’re after, look no further.

 

Squeal long agoGlorious Return
Squeal
To celebrate the 20th birthday of Oppikoppi, they blessed us by bringing  back (from the dead, one is tempted to say) a few of the bands who made a massive splash all those years ago. Springbok Nude Girls and Urban Creep also did a good job of kicking you hard in the nostalgias, but Squeal managed to knock you unconscious, and wake you up somewhere in the early 90’s.

 

Sarah BlaskoFrom the overseas
Sarah Blasko
*gasp* Shock and horror… surprise! I did not pick Wolfmother (who I thoroughly enjoyed).
After a LOT of thinking, a few drinks, and some more thinking, I decided that Sarah earns this award. Wolfmother rocked my world, Rival Sons has one the best front-men in the world (too bad the rest of the band bored me), Willy Mason was right up there but my personal experience made that I couldn’t hear/see/enjoy his show as much as I would have liked to.
Sarah was just the perfect artist for the perfect moment, and she is bloody brilliant. She is so good musically, that I don’t even have to mention her exquisite beauty. And she digs good poetry.
Now if I could only teach her how to make braai-broodjies…

 

Van Coke Kartel at Oppikoppi.  Photo by Sean BrandThe obvious South African Band
Van Coke Kartel
This category is for the well-known big guns. Other strong contenders for this award included the likes of Bittereinder, Taxi Violence etc. You know, the guys who always in all the awards. It just so happens that Francois-and-co outperformed them all. They threw in some brand spanking new tunes, and rocked the well-known hits. 

 

The ultimate award
Man as Machine
This category ignores the obvious bands (see above) to focus on the horde of other awesome bands/artists that are sometimes overlooked, yet are all brilliant and just need that push to make it big. Bands like Boargazm, Nomadic Orchestra, Jonathan Peyper, Fake Leather Blues and more were considered.
Man as Machine absolutely deserve this. Not only did they kick several sorts of ass during their show, but their constant and seemingly unstoppable growth of the last few years proves that they are to be taken seriously. In my mind, they are one hit-song away from being the next BIG band in South Africa.
Take a look at Man as Machine’s latest music video:

 

There you go. Do you agree with me, or would you dish out the awards to other players?
Also, did I miss any award categories?
Let me know, and while you’re at it, be a sweetie and let these bands know that I owe them all high 5’s.

Oppikoppi Sparta Oppikoppi No Dust Oppikoppi Faces Oppikoppi Friends make Everything Accessable

Thank you Hilltop, Oppikoppi, vendors, bands, friends, randoms, gorgeous ladies, cleaning staff and everyone involved in making my festival experience awesome. I trust you all enjoyed it too. Except the cleaners, I can’t imagine how you could possibly enjoy it… but we love you.

 

(Photo Credit: I took all these pictures. As in, I took them directly from Oppikoppi’s Facebook page. I also raided the bands’ own Facebook pages. Go check it out, there’s a lot more. If you see any pics that you think I should not be allowed to put on here, suck it up. It’s on the internet… hehe!)

Oppikoppi Can be awesome

 

MK Awards 2014 – I was wrong, but so were you

18 Feb

mk awards logoThe MK Awards this year stood out for a few reasons, least of all how wrong I was with most of my predictions or the fact that I wore a tie.
The biggest reason surely being the fat finger they flipped everyone who said that MK won’t make it to see another awards ceremony since going off-air and on-line.

Another outstanding aspect was a delightfully hilarious egg (Anne Hirsch) enhancing the lol-factor brought to the stage by Bouwer Bosch and Jean Jordaan. (Well done on the Parlotones joke. Made my night).
I also loved the new song by Fokofpolisiekar (although I can for the life of me not remember it’s name. Might have been Paranoia or Afrika or something like that)

Anne HirschLastly, before we get to the actual awards, I must mention something that made me glad: It was as if the online culture seeped through to the style of the ceremony.
Sure, you might see it as being shorter, with less awards and less performances than previous years. You might even have attended another one of these and noted that this year they had less going on pre- and post-event.
You would, of course, be wrong.
I prefer to see it as MK embracing the nature of an on-line identity. Short, to the point, here you go now fuck off. That, ladies and gentleman, is the internet for you in a nutsack. If MK were to splash out on an MTV size event, it would almost have gone against what they are slowly but surely busy accomplishing: Creating a fully digital platform where they can excel.
Also, we partied our tits off afterwards, so stop bitching.

While on the topic of how wrong you might have been, let’s go to the awards.
And yes… YOU, dear voter, did get it wrong a few times. Because I said so.
(Feel free to tell me I’m wrong in the comments below)

Video:
Winner: Shortstraw – Waterworks
I said: Van Coke Kartel ft. Jack Parow – Chaos
Why you were wrong: Shortstraw’s video is cool… but Van Coke’s vid just compliments the song better. It is also a better song.

HaddadLive Act:
Winner: Jeremy Loops
I said: Bittereinder
Why you were wrong: Yes, I did admit that Jeremy Loops is AMAZING live… but take a look at the size and quantity of awesome shows Bittereinder played in the last year.

Album:
Winner: Shortstraw – Good Morning Sunshine
I said: Bittereinder
Why you were wrong: You weren’t, you could have been more right though.

FokofBudget Video:
Winner: Al Bairre – We move on
I said: The Plastics
Why you were wrong: Here you really picked probably the worst nomination. And I really am sorry to say it, coz I love Al Bairre and it is a GREAT tune… It’s just that the video is absolutely unoriginal and really boring. After 40 seconds an epileptic seizure set on by the flashy images starts looking like a more pleasant experience…

Newcomer:
Winner: Al Bairre
I said: Matthew Mole
Why I was wrong: Yes, you read right. I was wrong. In retrospect I have to give it to Al Bairre… And no, I am not trying to make up for my comment regarding their video. I really do believe that they deserved to win this.

Afrikaans:
Van Coke Kartel
No argument here.

KuiergeesteFestival:
Oppikoppi
The masses spoke, and you settled the little argument I had with myself…

To crown it all, 2 new (and rather unexpected) awards were handed out. I, for one, am absolutely stoked about them…

Legend:
Haddad Viljoen
I spoke to the man afterwards, and let me assure you , he deserves this award and 10 more.

Basically, this award goes to someone who MK would like to honour for his/her contribution to the SA music industry. To festivals, to media, to.. well, everything. For being THERE.
I foresee this award being bestowed on many more. I should think that the next one could very well go to Carel Hoffmann, the main man behind Oppikoppi.

EkVenue:
Arcade Empire & Assembly (shared)
Yes, Arcade won… and having never had the opportunity to party in Assembly (I know, sad hey?) I can only assume that they must be ridiculously awesome to even be named in the same breath as Arcade.

Well done guys, let’s see which venues step up to the plate for next year’s awards.

Well, that was that. And yes, my opinions are just that, my OPINIONS.
So just coz I say some other bad deserved an award, doesn’t mean the other options were shit. I love most of the nominated bands,and would really like to see all of them rise to deservedly win tons of awards.

Drop YOUR opinion here below. Or don’t.
Whatever.

All pics by Henno Kruger. See more here.

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