Go Richie go. First CNTRL: Beyond EDM now he’s putting on his South African ambassador cap for the international non-profit organization Bridges For Music. Next week will see Richie Hawtin and local hero DJ Black Coffee putting on a series of electronic music workshops at the Guga S'thebe Arts & Cultural Centre in Langa, Cape Town, on Thursday, February 14 and at the Kliptown Youth Centre in Soweto on Saturday, February 16. Bridges For Music mission, their focus is on the responsible development of electronic music in disadvantaged areas across the world and this particular series aims to create a cultural and creative exchange by using music as a tool to empower and bridge the gap by local and international icons.
Hawtin and DJ Black Coffee will mentor dJs attending the workshops. The initiative will support selected local DJ schools and explore opportunities for South Africa's many turntable aces.
Also joining the workshop mentor program is drum and bass local artist Niskerone and Vinny da Vinci. Vinny da Vinci has been praised as one of the most important figures on the South African music scene, and has helped galvanize deep club culture in his various capacities.
Hawtin will also be performing at the second annual Cape Town Electronic Music Festival at the V&A Waterfront on Friday, February 15 and the following night at Truth Club in Midrand Gauteng. Both events are contributing R10 per ticket towards Bridges for Music initiatives.
As a Bridges for Music ambassador, Hawtin is committed to using music to cross geographical and social divides, enhance opportunities and to provide a contact point between the younger generation of DJs and seasoned artists from the global dance music circuit.
I believe music can play a crucial role in raising awareness of social issues and artists should have a responsibility to give something back. This is why I was inspired to be a part of the Bridges for Music concept. =Richie Hawtin
Black Coffee agrees: “Music is a driving force for change in South Africa. There is an entire generation emerging that sees a way to make a life in music and to create their own industry. A project like Bridges for Music is a valuable addition to our landscape.”
Bridges for Music is currently gathering key players in the music industry to support this development. SAE, the biggest provider of creative media education in the world, has come on board as the educational partner and will be providing a number of scholarship opportunities to young people involved with Bridget for Music projects. Red Bull studios have also partnered with Bridges for Music and will play a key role in making the workshop and mentorship programs a success.
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