10 March 2016
On Thursday 25th February and Saturday 27th February we hosted two more workshops in South Africa to facilitate knowledge transfer and inspire positive change through music and education.
 
On his second visit to South Africa, this time to play the Ultra Music Festival, recent Grammy award winner Skrillex headlined the workshops and took time to meet and engage with local artists in underprivileged communities. The event was proudly presented by G-Star RAW as part of their project to support upcoming talent and promote educational initiatives in the creative space. 
 
The first workshop took place in Kliptown, Soweto, South Africa’s biggest township in Johannesburg. It was hosted at the Soweto Kliptown Youth Centre (Sky) which serves as a safe haven, housing 40 kids and feeding over 200 children a day from the community.
This space has been run for 30 years by Bob Nameng who maintains the belief that ‘music is here to destroy boundaries’.
 
Skrillex was joined on the couch by South African Hip Hop star Riky Rick for an engaging interview that explored each artists’ journey as well as offering advice on how to operate in the creative industry and what it takes to achieve one’s dreams through self belief, hard work and determination. 
 
The proceedings were kicked off by Euphonik (one of South Africa’s biggest club / radio DJ’s) and DJ Lag (the king of a new style of South African house music called Gqom) and ended with an impromptu DJ set from Skrillex plus an explosive performance from rapper, Riky Rick. A highlight of the workshop was an on-the-spot decision by Ultra to invite all workshop attendees to the festival which received a large cheer as Skrillex announced the news.
 
Our second workshop took place in Cape Town at the T'soga Centre in the Langa Township.
This location has just been taken over by Bridges for Music to build our Music and Entrepreneurial school, a project that we are currently funding through various campaigns globally.
 
The Cape Town workshop featured Cape Town’s biggest hip hop act Driemanskap, prolific D ‘n B DJ/Producer/Promoter Niskerone and local Langa Music Producer DJ Fosta who is also part of the Bridges for Music board. 
 
DJ Fosta met Skrillex during the Dubstep superstar’s first visit to South Africa and ended up playing back-to- back with him at Glastonbury festival a year later.
 
The workshop ended with Skrillex, DJ Fosta and Siphe Fassie - an 18-year-old artist from Langa who has been working with BFM since he was 14, sharing the decks for a fun-filled performance. That evening Siphe was invited to join Skrillex on stage at the Ultra Music Festival, a moment he will never forget. 
 
“Working with Ultra this year and running these workshops has been a defining moment in the evolution of our organization. It is so inspiring to see how Skrillex engages with everyone he meets and takes a genuine interest in their stories and our country.  He has been so supportive of what we are trying to achieve and it was an emotional moment when we showed him the school premises he has helped fund” says Bridges for Music  African Director Trenton Birch.
 
Skrillex has been a Bridges for Music ambassador for several years and has played a vital role in helping to generate funds to build our first Music and Entrepreneurial School.
 
Photo: Beliah Oh
23 February 2016
Following on the massive success of the Bridges for Music stage at Rocking the Daisies in 2015 which is South Africa’s largest multi-genre music festival, often likened to Coachella in the USA, we’re happy to announce that we’re at it again at South Africa’s biggest EMD event of the year – Ultra South Africa.
Bridges for Music will host the Camp Stage for the Cape Town leg of the two-city festival which takes place in both the mother city and Johannesburg simultaneously this weekend. The festival is also now a two-day party in both cities.
The Bridges for Music Camp Stage will feature the finest local talent from Cape Town’s township house music scene, all established and experienced DJs and producers in South Africa.Aside from the international EDM superstars on the main stage and the underground techno and deep house international and local DJs spinning on the Strange Loving Stage the 30,000 + revellers will also have an opportunity to be exposed to some fine South African urban house beats straight 
from townships (economically challenged urban areas).
If the success of the BFM stage at Rocking the Daisies is an indicator, we’re expecting a busy floor all night long with ‘Ultranaughts’ no doubt being lured to the deep groovy beats that these seasoned pros will deliver.
 
Here’s the full line for the Bridges for Music Camp Stage
 
Saturday 27 February
Stage Running Times 14:00 - 22:00 
14:00 - 16:00 - B SOULFUL 
16:00 - 18:00 - MIZZ
18:00 - 20:00 - SCHOLTZ 
20:00 - 22:00 - DILOXCLUSIV 
 
Sunday 28 February 
Stage Running Times: 11:00 - 19:00 
11:00 - 13:00 - LEBZ 
13:00 - 15:00 - RUFUS
15:00 - 17:00 - AUDIOJERK  
17:00 - 19:00 - KINGSIZE
23 February 2016

We are proud to return to Soweto (Johannesburg)  and Langa (Cape Town) for two very special workshops presented by G - Star Raw. Join us for a raw conversation with Skrillex, Ricky Rick, Mr. Carmack, Driemenskap, DJ Lag, Niskerone and Dj Fosta. Some of the artists will be performing at the Ultra South Africa festival taking place taking place in Johannesburg and Cape Town over the weekend. 

Strictly RSVP and limited capacity : 

RSVP for Soweto workshop : bit.ly/bridgesjhb

RSVP for Langa workshop : bit.ly/bridgescpt 

JOHANNESBURG

Thursday  25th

WORKSHOP AT SKY YOUTH CENTER –KLIPTOWN/  SOWETO

Time : 3.30pm – 8.30pm 

SKRILLEX, RICKY RICK , MR. CARMACK, DJ LAG , EUPHONIK 

 

google maps: https://goo.gl/maps/eUaReaYE6412

SECURE UNDERGROUND PARKING BY SOWETO HOTEL - Local stewards for guidance to venue.

CAPE TOWN

Saturday 27th 

WORKSHOP IN LANGA 

 / 3.30pm -7pm

SKRILLEX, NISKERONE,DRIEMENSKAP, DJ FOSTA 

Goggle Maps : https://goo.gl/maps/hEs5XR285ev

Street view : https://goo.gl/maps/7vGGMu2tPR52

SECURE PARKING AVAILABLE