How did you prepare for Oppi?

Cronje: We played a couple of shows before this and we kind of decided what songs would work the best for our set. We also wrote a new one just for Oppikoppi. I think you get sort of a set that suits certain environments and choose accordingly. So I think with Oppikoppi you go all out.

 

Are you excited for your first performance at Oppikoppi tonight?

Sandy: Ja, we did some dirty things to get here tonight, but we’re proud of it and we have done dirtier things, so there’s no shame.

 

Apart from your new song for Oppi, what can the audience expect from your performance tonight?

Sandy: We really put a lot of time into this set, so we’ve worked on the fillers [between songs]. I think we’re at a point now where we are more certain of ourselves. Everyone has put a lot of money in on getting the best gear they can, not that gear makes the band.

Cronje: The difference between the best strings and average ones [can be huge]. It’s special for us to get to play. We don’t have a lot of gimmicks, it’s just about the music.

 

What is your favourite song to perform?

Sandy: Our new one! It’s brought out a whole other side [of us]. It’s called “Lord black lungs”. Louwki is a geologist, so it’s about the mining sector and how the unions have become a sort of caretaker for the miners who have been failed by the government. We called it “Lord black lungs” because black lung is a big problem in the coal fields with the coal dust and we wanted to honour the unions looking out for those people. It also relates to Oppi with the dust and the Oppi lungs when you get back after Oppi. Just playing it in our rehearsal space, it has been the most fun one to play.

 

You recorded a music video for your song “Channel 199”, dedicating it to Reeva Steenkamp. What influenced this?

Sandy: I just thought, as a South African woman, I related to the story. I think even though it’s about Reeva, we meant it to be more generalised about the plight of women in South Africa especially. It is an issue that’s often swept under the rug, so [the song] is a sort of lament to the heartache that many women have to deal with. We don’t try to say that anyone is right or wrong, it’s just tragic that it had to happen in the first place.

Cronje: Everyone kind of ignores Reeva and focuses on the case and Oscar, so you could

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