Beyond Joburg: Nechama Brodie Goes to Oppikoppi
First she brought you the ultimate guide for what to do in Johannesburg. Emboldened, Nechama Brodie cast her gaze further afield – much further. From the bright lights of Jozi she went to the, erm, flickering lighters and small fires at the Oppikoppi festival near Northam in Limpopo.
It certainly was an experience and Brodie has the “dirty boots and hangover to prove it”:
“So, what have you heard about Oppikoppi?” I ask Narch, Mike and Disco of Cape Town-based rap-electronic outfit PH Fat. It’s four o’clock on a Sunday afternoon and it’s their first time at Africa’s biggest rock festival. It’s my first time too, except I’ve already been in camp for two days and have the dirty boots and hangover to prove it.
“Uh, we heard it’s really dusty and cold. The messiest, biggest festival in South Africa,” Mike, or maybe Narch, says. “We heard it gets messy in a brandy and coke kind of way,” Narch, or maybe Mike, adds. “And that everyone shouts ‘Oppikoppi’ a lot,” they finish.
- Inside Joburg: 101 Things to See and Do edited by Nechama Brodie
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