Are we putting our best foot forward?

This week I have been annoyed by one thing in two particular circumstances. One relates directly to Perdeby, and the other to the university.

As Editor, it is my job to ensure our paper is as representative of as many groups and individuals as possible. I have probably failed at this many times, but I do feel I try. This week’s first “frustration in the lack of representation” comes in the form of the Entertainment section, more specifically, our Oppikoppi coverage. Over the last few years, Oppi has made an effort to diversify itself and break away from the “white people, rock music” image it had. It’s taken care to invite artists from many different genres. I wish I could show you the festival’s efforts in this edition, but I can’t. I really tried. I applied for interviews with artists Riky Rick, Jack Parow, Yelawolf, Petite Noir, Nakhane Toure, August Burns Red, Nonku Phiri, Reason, and Satanic Dagga Orgy. The interview requests that were approved already cut out half of my efforts to have content that catered to everyone. For the interview requests that were granted, Reason didn’t pitch for our scheduled interview and Nonku had to cancel at the last minute. Great. What do we have now? Exactly what our critics expect us to have. It’s incredibly frustrating for me when we get criticised (and I won’t argue with that criticism) but it’s equally frustrating that our efforts fall through, too. We can’t do this without the support of artist managers and the artists themselves. It also concerns me that artists would turn down an opportunity for publicity. They also have a role to play in creating representative content. Either way, it makes me feel as if we have failed some of our readers, and I really do apologise for this.

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The top ten: things you missed at Serenade


1 John Snow’s red uggs. Never has a medieval TV character been more fashionable (or more white girl).

2 The smooth as butter vocals from Olympus’s Stephen Sass. (And how the judges all leaned closer each time he came forward.)

3 The fact that Zinnia only had 16 girls, but at least half of them were incredible soloists.

4 Luminous ladies’ beatboxer. She made the performance with her impressive skill.

5 Erika’s facial expressions. If you’re looking for extras in the new season of Prison Break...

6 Two Kollege men in skin tight corsets for their rendition of the Rocky Horror Picture Show’s “Sweet transvestite”.

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Back to the dust

Each year I leave Oppikoppi and think, “Thank goodness I will never have to do that again.” I don’t particularly enjoy Oppi-style camping (read: having a friend occupy your sleeping bag and mattress without your permission) and I am definitely not a fan of being dusty, having to use porta-loos and being woken by drunken festivalgoers shouting “Oppi!”, hoping for the response of “Koppi!”, at 03:00.

And yet, I find myself returning to Oppi again and again, this year included. Maybe it’s the delicious cheese roosterkoek from Kobus se Gat, the Ray Ban top stage or just the fact that their mascot is a bull terrier that brings me back. For many, it may be something entirely different, but there’s no denying that Oppi makes repeat visitors of many students, a large portion of whom will eat dry two minute noodles for months in order to scrape together the money for a ticket.

I really do think that this year’s festival will be my last and I’m grateful that the line-up is looking better than the past few years (the rand-dollar exchange is no event organiser’s friend but they’ve managed well this year). I’ve secretly always been a metalcore fan and first-year me is still upset that she couldn’t witness Kongos first hand at the Rag afterparty because it took place in the Square and she wasn’t allowed there.

Let’s not forget the excellent local talent. Some heavyweights are at the festival this year and there’s nothing better than the opportunity to see so many of them all in one weekend.

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“Never again,” we said. How naive we were.

I’ve been told that whenever we have a particularly large edition, I mention that fact in my editorial. So here it goes: this is a really big edition. Like really, really big.

This is the biggest edition that any of the editorial have worked on, with more than double the usual content. And we managed while a little short-staffed. I find this quite impressive and I’m super proud of both the editorial and their teams.

This is especially because the last time we attempted a large edition was last year, and then it was only 24 pages. At the time we said we’d never do a 24-pager again. In a way, I guess we haven’t. We went further than that.

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Let’s love local

Last Wednesday the SABC made a surprising announcement that was met with mixed reactions but an overwhelming sense of excitement. As of last Thursday, the SABC’s 18 radio stations all committed to playing content that is 90% local. The idea behind this is that radio stations stick to their usual genres but play local rather than international music in that genre.

What this decision has done is create immense support for our local music industry. Local music is immediately given a strong upper hand in the competition against international music. With frequent radio play, exposure and sales become more of a reality and this will allow local artists to live successfully off the income of their music, rather than having to have an extra job or bow out of the industry completely.

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