Bridges for Music, a non-profit, music-based organisation partnered with Tomorrowland and provided the opportunity to take two South African artists, DJ Siphe Tebeka and Lavish 189, to the Belgian festival in a week’s time. The artists in question are from Gugulethu and Langa townships, neither artist has played outside their home country, let alone at one of the largest dance festivals in Europe, so this a massive opportunity for both.
DJ Siphe Tebeka will perform on Friday 18th July at 5pm – 6pm, whilst Lavish 189 will perform on Friday 25th July at 5pm – 6pm; they will both be playing on The Dream Island stage.
DJ Siphe Tebeka has been producing music since he was 18 years old, and has produced more than 800 tracks, of which are all unreleased. The opportunity to play at Tomorrowland will be both a life changing and ground-breaking one, providing the chance to not only build his career as a DJ but also to share his music with the world.
Lavish 189 is a DJ / producer from Cape Town’s Langa Township, who has recently risen above the somewhat flooded sea of South African deep house with the track “Trumpets Call” featuring legendary musicians David Nqayi and Simphiwe Mathole. David, a clarinettist, and Simphiwe, a trumpeter, have been playing and recording for several decades now, often working together, and have collaborated with artists such as Brenda Fassie and Ringo Madlingozi. Lavish 189 is signed to SPACEFELLAZ, a youthful social enriching company based in Cape Town, Langa.
Bridges For Music gathers key players of the global music industry to support its development in growing countries, leaving a positive impact in disadvantaged communities and helping to raise global awareness about local issues through music.
“We are so proud to be able to offer this opportunity to the guys and are incredibly grateful to Tomorrowland for their continued belief in what we are doing and support in making this a reality. The two artists come from disadvantaged backgrounds and this trip will be an epic and life changing experience for them. This is a very exciting step for us in our evolution” Trenton Birch – BFM African Director
Bridges for Music is funding this trip with help from Tomorrowland who will cover the cost of flights and accommodation for both artists.