DJ Plastikman to tour South Africa

DJ Plastikman in action
Elector wizard Richie Hawtin, better known to electro dance music fans as Plastikman, is heading to South Africa! Hawtin will join local icon Black Coffee at electronic music workshops and master classes 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. The aim is to create a cultural and creative exchange by using music as a tool to empower and bridge the gap by local and international icons. Music is a universal language that knows no boundaries to ones gender, race or social situation. 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. Richie says “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.” 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.” Also joining the ”Music as a tool for empowerment” workshop mentor programme is Drum and Bass local artist Niskerone, and Vinny da Vinci. This discussion aims to show younger DJ’s and producers how music and following their passions can have a positive impact on their lives. Bridges for Music is an international non- profit organisation focused on the responsible development of electronic music in disadvantaged areas across the world. It is currently gathering key players in the music industry to support this development. SAE, the biggest music institute in the world, is its educational partner.