Every year OppiKoppi pays tribute to an artist or band that we, The Mango Pickers, consider to be the meat in the patty, the sweet ﬂesh of the Mango, the phuthu on the plate. Give respect where respect is due. Welcome greetings, praise songs and congratulations are in order for this year’s Tribute Artist: Maﬁkizolo.
Maﬁkizolo began performing and recording in 1997. That’s 20 years of consistent quality. Reliable and proper, the real makhoya van toeka af. During this time, they have remained true to themselves and avidly dedicated to their craft; they continue to give us entertainment of superior quality and substance, and have made us to party on more than one dance ﬂoor scattered across this fragile planet. We, The Mango Pickers, think that Maﬁkizolo deserve nothing less than a standing ovation for giving us 20 years of heavyweight love and beautiful music.
Since 2010 the OppiKoppi Boxing Association (yes, it’s a thing because we say so) has been awarding a rather snazzy heavyweight belt to the stalwarts of the SA music scene in a moment in time for roughly 20 000 fans and thousands of online hooligans to say “Well played sir” (and this year of course, well played madam).
2010 – Valiant Swart
2011 – David Kramer
2012 – Vusi Mahlasela
2013 – Koos Kombuis
2014 – Ollie Viljoen* and Hugh Masekela
2015 – Johnny Clegg
2016 – Ready D
And now in 2017 we, the Mango Pickers, are proud to welcome Theo Kgosinkwe and Nhlanhla Nciza to our dusty hall of fame: Haaallooo and halala Maﬁkizoloooo your belt awaits you at #OK23MangoPicker. For everyone else, listen to Maﬁkizolo’s OppiKoppi playlist on Deezer.