Oppikoppi is upon us in a few days, and we can’t wait for next week! Have you checked if your tent is human-friendly and the line-up glued to the inside of your vehicle? And do you have your tickets yet? If not, click here. With that said, we’re asking Oppikoppi artists 7 questions about the festival and a few other random questions that you would like to know. We had a chat with Tidal Waves.

Tidal Waves are widely regarded as the hardest working reggae band in South Africa, playing gigs from Oppikoppi to Pretoria, Cape Town to Potchefstroom and beyond. The band is made up of five very gifted musicians, the core of the group being held together by Jacob ‘Zakes’ Wulana on guitar, vocals, harmonica and vuvuzela and Sam ‘Drumbo’ Shoai on vocals and drum kit. The rest of the band is made up of Shadrack “Charlie” Mathopa is on the bass guitar; Johannes “Charlie” Papasha on keyboards, while Jaco “Mr.” Mans wields the lead guitar.

Singer, multi-instrumentalist, and group founder Jacob “Jakes” Wulana, along with fellow founder and drummer Sam “Drumbo” Shoai, hails from the western dustbowl mining town of Klerksdorp (the rest of the band came together in Yeoville, Johannesburg). Growing up in the township, Wulana and Shoai were surrounded by a range of languages, cultures, musics—Zulu, Xhosa, Setswana, Tshivenda, Afrikaans—as well as by the music of Bob Marley, Sly and Robbie, and Curtis Mayfield.
Do you have any advice for people who are attending the festival for the first time?

People should be prepared for the series of high performance and crazy entertainment.

If you could have one superpower for Oppikoppi, what would it be and why?

Musical therapy, it’s a good medicine for everyone. 🙂


Which band would you most like to have a few beers with at Oppikoppi this year, and why?

All the bands, it’s a pity it can’t happen, musos are funny and comedic too.

It’s a damn shame you can’t! How would you describe a typical Tidal Waves performance?

Waves are crazy, we give it out fully like a mighty tide.

What’s the one thing you will never forget to bring to Oppikoppi, other than instruments?

It’s my girl Maryjane.

Awwww. If you could collaborate with any artist (dead or alive) for one show, who would it be? And why?

Thandiswa Mazwai, she has that thing…

What’s the first three things you’re going to do when you arrive at Oppikoppi?

Gooi a tent, get the wood for the evening, st down relax and work on my babe Maryjane.

Sounds like a plan and a half! We would like to thank Tidal Waves for their time. Be sure to check them out when they klap Oppikoppi in August!