Tomorrowland partners with Bridges For Music to give South African Township DJs a global stage


Global festival Tomorrowland has partnered up with local NPO Bridges For Music to make this year’s festival that much more special. Bridges For Music and Tomorrowland are giving two South Africa Township DJ’s the opportunity to play on the Dream Island stage at the world class Belgian festival. This is absolutely massive news and a once in a lifetime opportunity.

DJ Siphe Tebeka & Lavish 189 will be flying the flag high and representing SA on a global level.

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 (born Siphenkosi Tebeka) has been producing music since he was 17 years old. He has been quietly producing behind the scenes and has written over 800 tracks, most of which are still unreleased. The opportunity to play at Tomorrowland will be both a life changing and groundbreaking 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 clarinetist, 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.

Trenton Birch (Bridges For Music African Director) had this to say: 

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.

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