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 


Thursday  25th


Time : 3.30pm – 8.30pm 



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


Saturday 27th 


 / 3.30pm -7pm


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


12 February 2016
The inspiring story of Vuyisa Genu aka Diloxclusiv 
Township life in South Africa is not easy. These dense urban living areas remain a legacy of the country’s dark past and despite the fact that these locations exist globally in the form of favelas, slums, shanty towns etc, Africa remains the hardest hit continent.
Challenges aside and there are many – the sense of optimism coupled with an entrepreneurial spirit forced upon the community by limited opportunities is what impresses when visiting areas such as Langa, Nyanga, Gugulethu and Khayelitsha in the Western Cape.
Vuyisa Genu Diloxclusiv epitomises this positive attitude having overcome his own personal obstacles to become one of Cape Town’s hardest working DJs and a genuine role model to youth in his community.
As we started our conversation news had just come in that Dilo, who DJs under the moniker ‘Diloxclusiv’ was confirmed to perform at the prestigious Black Coffee Block party in Johannesburg on a lineup that boasts a veritable who’s who of South African DJs and producers.
“Yeah man, that’s one of my real highlights, I can’t wait to play the Block Party,” he said.
Of course Dilo, as he is known to most, has had several major highlights in his career so far, the most notable being his visit to the Amsterdam Dance Event in 2013 initiated by Bridges for Music who took him and his counterpart, Sir Vincent, to the event to represent South Africa on a series of panel discussions as well to perform at a truly memorable Boiler Room Session that featured Luciano and Black Coffee too.
“At first it was really scary, but then it filled up. I think it was our South African flavour that people hadn’t heard much of that really made them enjoy it, because our music was different... still house music, but different,” he adds thoughtfully. That Boiler Room set has left an indelible mark on Dilo’s life and he says he still watches the video to remind himself that we are all one when it comes to dancing to the beat.
“You know because the people are behind you when you play those Boiler Room sets, although we knew they were going crazy around us, it was a bit strange because we couldn’t look at the crowd, but whenever I watch the video, I smile to myself and I remember how amazing the experience was.”
Visiting ADE was all part of a journey that started with Dilo attending a talk by BFM visionary, Valentino Barrioseta at the SAE Institute in Cape Town.
A self confessed networker and an ambitious DJ determined to learn more about the music business Dilo signed up for an evening Music Business Class at SAE and Valentino hosted one of the sessions.
“I was so impressed with what Val had to say because I have always had that side of me that wants to create a platform to help guys who don’t have what I have and although I don’t necessary regard myself as successful yet, I’m always willing to help the guys coming up behind me,” says Dilo humbly. “So when I heard what Val was saying I thought ‘wow I need to know this guy,’” he adds.
Fast forward to the first Bridges for Music workshop with Richie Hawtin in Langa, an artist not known in the township at all, Dilo remembers the event well, “the thing with me is I like researching so I went online and saw that this guy [Richie] is big, really big so when he came here it was amazing to discover that he was so down to earth. I mean I could walk up and chat to him... there are local artists who are harder to talk to,” he bemuses.
But ultimately it was Luciano who Dilo shared a gig with in Amsterdam that has left the biggest impression.
“Besides the gig I also spent an extra day with him overseas and I got to see him in his own environment [as well as here] and you know, sometimes people pretend but he was exactly the same there as he was here; the same down-to-earth chilled person I’d met in South Africa a few weeks before.”
Dilo says that one of the most significant things about these international artists that Bridges for Music brought to the townships, despite the fact that they’re not well known to the locals, is that it taught them that when it comes to music we’re all the same worldwide. This he maintains was what inspired him.
The second significant thing the workshops did was brought the community of DJs, producers and musicians together to share ideas and be motivated to push forward and realise their own personal aspirations as artists.
Aside from his heavy DJ roster – which includes his own very popular monthly ‘one man show,’ where he showcases his incredible DJ skills and broad music repertoire at which he performs all night to packed crowds, Dilo is realising his dream to uplift his community and help build bridges through music.
Today he represents Red Bull in the townships. He is the link between on the ground events and activations which the energy drink brand seeks to do through music. He is the go-to guy that aspiring promoters and artists approach when looking for resources to run events that matter.
He is also very excited about the prospect of a music school in Langa.
Always a ‘big picture’ type of guys he says “I would like to see the music school as the start of something bigger. From there the next step should be to have satellite schools in Nyanga, Gugs, Khayelitsha etc, because the guys from those areas can’t all get to Langa. This school is an important next step in the good work that Bridges for Music has done so far in South Africa.”
23 November 2015
The story of Siphe Fassie (South Africa) beneficiary of one of the Bridges for Music scholarships.
At 15 years of age Siphe Fassie left an indelible impression on the inaugural Bridges for Music workshop held in Langa, a township (slum) in Cape Town, South Africa.
Everything that was spoken about; the plans put into place and the intentions by those driving this initiative forward, in one timeless moment when Siphe put up his hand and asked SA’s biggest DJ export, Black Coffee, how he could one day also travel the world and be like him, it was then that the message and intentions of Bridges for Music became crystal clear.
Then he got to meet Skrillex during the second Bridges for Music workshop in Langa. One of his biggest dreams had come true and would give him the inspiration and motivation to keep pursuing his dream.
Siphe was 15 years of age at the time. Today, two and a half years later he is completing his school education and his dream to produce music and DJ around the world is stronger than ever, thanks to the Bridges for Music scholarship program.
“At the moment I am focusing on finishing school and I want to learn and understand business too so that I can combine my passion for music into a business. It’s my dream to have an organization where young upcoming DJs, Producers, rappers, songwriters, sound engineers, and many others who want to be in the music industry come together and work as one.”
He hasn’t sat back on his laurels either since that memorable first workshop.
Growing up in a family he says was surrounded by music all day and night; “even when we watched TV, someone sitting there would be humming a tune. I can’t even remember when I first started listening to music.” His musical family includes being related to the late great South African songstress Brenda Fassie, a true icon of the country.
Fast forward to 2015 and Siphe’s dedication and ambition has seen him spend many hours at the Love Life Community Centre in Langa using the aging computers to not only make music, but to teach friends too.
“There are so many kids my age all wanting to produce music. I mean a lot of them come to me and ask for my help and I meet them at Love Life and show them some of the stuff I’ve learnt. I’m still learning myself but of course I show them what I can. It’s not so easy because the computers and the speakers are not great but it’s better than nothing. It’s a community centre not actually a music place, but still we learn on FL Studio and Reason.”
Realising his passion for music, Siphe’s mom did save up enough money to buy him a computer but he maintains that the community centre is still a good place to share knowledge with others and “learn from the best.”
Recently Siphe was awarded a Short Course Scholarship by Bridges for Music at the SAE Institute in Cape Town to study Electronic Music Production in Ableton.
“I learnt a lot I must say. the nice thing is I learnt to write Dubstep, techno and even reggae as well as many other genres. I didn’t even know where the play button was when I started,” he laughs.
For Siphe the musical journey may only be starting but already in the two and a half years since Bridges for Music came to Langa, the young man has realised that dreams can come true...
“The people I’ve been working with [Fosta and Diloxclusiv] and the ones I’ve met at the workshops, I’ve been able to understand them, not just look at them from afar but actually talk to them and this has inspired me to make music my life.”
For now he is loving life, going to school, visiting the community centre, sharing knowledge, learning more and continuing with his dreams.
“If a music school can open in Langa, there will be lots of guys queuing up wanting to learn to DJ and make music. We have the talent, we just need the resources,” he concludes thoughtfully.