21 Aug 2012



Oppikoppi dust settles

This month we travelled to the dusty Northam plains of Limpopo and made it back in one piece to report on our virgin experience of the music fest beast that is Oppikoppi. Our very own main man and Bizcommunity content director Rod Baker spends a night at le charming hotel Le Franschhoek.

Cinema buff Daniel Derckesen reviews the very non taxing Step Up Revolution, and theatre fundi Eugene Yiga enjoys some belly laughs at the Kalk Bay Theatre for literary adaption Mafeking Road, while new time contributor Angie White witnesses the announcement of Jonathan Boynton-Lee as the winner of My Top Billing Dream at the fancy finale at 15 On Orange.

Photographer Mary Fay Everard gets up close and personal with the international headliners of Oppikoppi who also graced the Grand West stage for One Night in Cape Town last Thursday. In other music news, the lineup for the Rocking the Daisies teaser event Sowing the Seeds is announced, and Matthew Mole is crowned winner of Converse's Get Out Of The Garage competition.

Happy Tuesday!

Ruth Cooper, production manager (@biz_lounge)

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My Top Billing Dream announces Jonathan Boynton-Lee as winner
[Angie White] On the eve of 14 August, Bizcommunity attended the My Top Billing Dream finale event held at the African Pride 15 On Orange Hotel, where boy-next-door Jonathan Boynton-Lee, was announced as the winner of the My Top Billing Dream reality show hosted by SABC3 over the past three months. Read more >>


Oo la la... Le Franschhoek
[Rod Baker] Le Franschhoek was one of those places we've heard about but never quite managed to get to, so when the opportunity came up to try it out, we jumped at the chance - well, as much as a couple of geriatrics can jump at anything, that is. Glad we did. Read more >>


Temperatures soar in Step Up Revolution
[Daniel Dercksen] If you are looking for sizzling dance action, sexy moves and gorgeous bodies, Step Up Revolution guarantees to have your temperature soaring. This fourth installment in Summit Entertainment's sizzling dance-and-romance franchise, ups the ante with unparalleled 3D action in sultry, sexy Miami where a group of hot young performers takes to the streets to what they do best - dance! Read more >>


Once upon a hill
[Ruth Cooper] Oppikoppi virgins we are no longer; that intimidating hulking dusty beast that is Oppi had his way with us and, like most first times, sometimes things were sweet and sometimes not so. Casualties there were a few, but these seem well worth the discomfort for the chance to celebrate Oppi's coming of age 18th birthday with 20 000 of his closest friends upon the Northam plains. Read more >>

Matthew Mole wins Get Out Of The Garage
Matthew Mole has won the Converse Get Out Of The Garage Competition and will perform at London's legendary 100 Club. Read more >>

Line-up for Sowing The Seeds announced
The full line-up for Sowing the Seeds, the prequel to 49M Rocking the Daisies, which will be held at Zula Sound Bar in Long Street, Cape Town on1 September, 2012, has been announced. There will be three stages, hosting the best up-and-coming and established bands, DJs and MCs. Read more >>

Urban/electro band TheCity launch with album
Describing their music as urban/electro - a cosmopolitan, soulful blend of African groove and electronic beats, a new band, TheCity, have launched with a debut album that is free to download. Read more >>


Take a walk down Mafeking Road
[Eugene Yiga] Despite poet Roy Campbell calling him "the only literary genius that South Africa has produced", Herman Charles Bosman only had three of his books published during his lifetime. One of these was Mafeking Road, a new adaptation of which is now showing at the Kalk Bay Theatre in Cape Town. Read more >>

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Free State varsity wins against Nzimande
The Bloemfontein High Court has set aside Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande's appointment of an administrator at the Central University of Technology (CUT) in Bloemfontein. Read more >>

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