Now in its third year, BassXchange UK/ZA is a search for talented up-and-coming UK music producers, exposing the winner to SA audiences through the Cape Town Electronic Music Festival (CTEMF).
Established in 2012 as a platform for South Africa’s burgeoning electronic music culture and industry, the Cape Town Electronic Music Festival (CTEMF) has gained international recognition for being one of the most relevant and forward-thinking events on Africa’s music festival calendar.
International pioneers and innovators share the stage with the bright lights of the South African scene while the inner workings of this rapidly growing industry are unpacked and explored through the workshops.
Launched as a project of the British Council’s Connect ZA in 2014, BassXchange UK/ZA
offers UK-based producers the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to win an all=expenses-paid trip to Cape Town for the first week of February. The winner will be given a VIP Full Weekend Pass to CTEMF, the chance to showcase their music through the festival programme and spend time with critically-acclaimed UK producer Nightmares On Wax in Cape Town’s world-class Red Bull Studio. (At the time of writing, entries for the competition were still open, with the winner being announced in January 2016). Entrants were required to upload a minimum of three tracks to Mixcloud before 7 January, following which the ten most popular mixes would be judged by a panel made up of Nightmares On Wax, Warp label management and CTEMF programmers. The winner will then travel to Cape Town’s City Hall for the festival taking place on 5 to 7 February.
George ‘E.A.S.E’ Evelyn, AKA Nightmares On Wax, has released a range of records that have been integral to cultural movements and electronic music. After cutting some embryonic rave tracks with musical co-conspirator Kevin ‘Boy Wonder’ Harper, the duo signed to Warp and released their debut album in 1991. A Word Of Science became instrumental in the bleep explosion; with tracks such as ‘Dextrous’ and ‘Aftermath’ attaining mythical status for a generation of clubbers.
Still under the Nightmares On Wax moniker, Evelyn continued as a solo artist going on to produce definitive albums Smokers Delight and Carboot Soul – both of which helped shape the burgeoning down tempo hip-hop scene, and tracks such as ‘Les Nuits’ being widely regarded as chillout classics. After 25 years of producing and recording music, Nightmares On Wax is Warp Records’ longest serving artist.
The first phase of the line-up for the festival has been announced and includes Goldie, Nightmares On Wax, Harri & Domenic and Boris Brejcha alongside some of South Africa’s trail blazers and hotly tipped new talents.
Long-serving icons like Vinny Da Vinci, DJ Kenzhero and DJ Superfly will share the stage with the mold-breakers like Okmalumkoolkat, DJ Lag and Rudeboys while the more established house and techno purveyors such as Terrence Pearce and Andi Dill are billed alongside fresh talent like Adam De Smidt and Kyle Roussouw and Robin Would.
Renowned for its carefully curated line-ups, CTEMF brings together an assortment of local talent and imported luminaries to create a programme that aims to represent a cross section of South Africa’s vast, thriving electronic music industry in its global context.
The 2016 line-up will run the full gamut – from hip hop and disco to bass, house, techno and newer forms of electronic music unique to South Africa that now resonate in dance music’s capital cities such as gqom.
In addition to the main event, CTEMF will once again be hosting a three-day workshop programme ahead of the core music festival. Free and open to all, the CTEMF workshops explore the many different facets of this rapidly growing industry from the inside out.