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.
26 June 2015
Skrillex has always been about giving back to the fans. As his Full Flex Express train tour makes its way across Canada starting July 8th, they’ll be donating thousands of dollars worth of Pioneer music equipment to local youth music centers in each city. The tour has partnered with non-profit organization Bridges for Music (www.bridgesformusic.org)  to donate two CDJ 2000s and one DJM 900 mixer per show to a local youth organisation, and a portion of all proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Bridges for Music’s fund for the construction of the Langa Music School in South Africa.
Kids from these youth organisations will also have access to a small demo on how to use the gear, and a tour during sound check to discover the "behind the scenes" of a show of this stature. 
In addition, Bridges for Music is offering exclusive prizes to all supporters globally through their Urgency Network crowd-funding page. With a Bridges for Music donation, fans can enter to win a grand prize package to go VIP with Skrillex and attend any of his shows in North America (including US flights, accommodation and tickets) by purchasing perks like backstage passes to one of the Full Flex Express non-festival shows and can pick up other prizes including a limited edition Electric Family bracelet, a Jack Ü flexi-disc signed by both Skrillex and Diplo, or an exclusive video from Skrillex while helping build one of the most innovative schools in South Africa.
This is the list of local youth organisations supported with this campaign is > 
July 8th  Ottawa Dover Court Community Center
July9th Quebec  Ampli de Quebec
July 10th  Montreal  Head and Hands 
July 11th Toronto  The Remix Project 
July14th Winnipeg Manitoba Conservatory
July 15th Saskatoon Saskatoon Downtown Youth Center
July 17th Calgary TBC 
July 19th Pemberton Pemberton Arts & Cultural Council
Wednesday, July 8th - Ottawa, ON - Ottawa Blues Festival *
Thursday, July 9th - Quebec City, QC - Quebec City Summer Festival * #
Friday, July 10th - Montreal, QC - Parc Jean Drapeau *
Saturday, July 11th - Toronto, ON - Echo Beach
Tuesday, July 14th - Winnipeg, MB - Adrenaline Adventures  * #
Wednesday, July 15th - Saskatoon, SK - Diefenbaker Park * #
Friday, July 17th - Calgary, AB - Prairie Winds Park
Sunday, July 19th - Pemberton, BC - Pemberton Festival *
# show includes Kiesza
* show includes Hundred Waters
1 June 2015
Jazzuelle is the South African artist booked to play at Glastonbury Festival, the world's largest greenfield music and performing arts festival, taking place from 24-28 June In the UK. Right before that, the rising South African artist will also be performing in Barcelona at the Get Physical showcase during the Sonar weekend. The whole tour facilitated and funded by Bridges for Music continuing with their support to South African upcoming artists. 
He will join a stellar stage lineup of artists, which include Four Tet, Seth Troxler, Damian Lazarus, Jamie Jones, Leon Vynehall, Session Victim, Prosumer and many more. Jazzuelle will be performing at Silver Hayes, the newly revamped Dance Village on the Blues Stage. 

Thando Tshoma, 26, Was born in Aliwal North in the Eastern Cape and grew up in the townships and surrounds of Cape Town. Now based in Johannesburg, the rhythmically fluid electronic and house music DJ and producer came to the attention of Bridges For Music in early 2014.

With a knack of producing work that can transport the listener to an alternate universe, IDM Mag recently dubbed Jazzuelle as "SA House Music's Best Kept Secret", where he also graced the cover of the April 2015 issue. Jazzuelle has released music under some of the world most respected labels, including Get Physical, Lazy Days Recordings, Atjazz Record Company (UK), Phat Elephant and more. He featured on Vinny Da Vinci's South African Music Award winning compilation 'Deep House Sounds 10’ and was a participant in the Redbull Music Academy Bass Camp in 2014. 

"I'm beyond excited to be playing at Glastonbury Festival and going to the UK for the first time! I can't wait to travel, network, play my set and learn as much as I can about the industry while I'm there. I'm also going to see Loco Dice and Fourtet again - I met them through Bridges for Music, which was one of the the most incredible experiences of my life. “