CTEMF releases Friends & Frequencies multimedia package to aid industry
Now in its 9th year, Cape Town Electronic Music Festival (CTEMF) has reacted to the shifting global climate by releasing a curated multimedia package titled Friends & Frequencies for the 2020 installment of the festival.
Friends & Frequencies is a comprehensive package that includes a compilation of 137 tracks curated in line with the festivals multiple stages, a pack of digital artworks adapted for your screen, an insider’s guide to Cape Town’s most beloved institutions, all celebrated by 15 live performance videos shot at the iconic Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town, South Africa.
The compilation viewed more as a multi-disc album and boxset, masterfully meanders it’s way through the iconic stages of the festival which are the Auditorium, Terrace, and Club.
The CTEMF stages…
The Auditorium is quite diverse in nature.
It kicks off the compilation with some amazing downtempo and dub cuts from local legends Nyambz, Dank, and Crosby Bolani, complimented by previous guests such as Peanut Butter Wolf and Four Tet, slowly building to some alternate pop via rising local stars Tatum and Cara Frew, through to Deep House, Kwaito and Broken Beats from the likes of HVOB, Maramza, Kid Fonque, Little Dragon, Coldcut, Jazzanova and Gina Jeanz.
From there it steps up into some beautiful Drum n Bass and Future Beats from Kid Drama, FinnaDrift and Sol Pillars before ultimately coming back through the tempo range with the sublime voices of PHFAT, Tyler Page, James Deacon and Echo Beach.
The Terrace has always been outdoors and a firm favorite in the beautiful Cape Town Summer months.
A proper outdoor festival-style dancefloor with only smiles and good vibes and the tracklist has been curated with that in mind.
Kicking off with something a bit different from South African house favourite, Jazzuelle, through to exclusive gems from TheologyHD and Thibo Tazz’s collaboration as well as some amazing music from Durban via Em EX, Vicmari and King Bruce and Culoe De Song, it’s a winner.
The Terrace also boast some amazing heavy weights with lovely tracks from local heroes Black Coffee, Culoe De Song, Shimza and Lazarusman as well as international friends Charles Webster, Till Von Sein, Rodriquez Jnr, Butane, Hyenah and of course the classic Henrick Schwarz, Ame, Dixon and Derrick L Carter collaboration which lyrically really resonated with the ideals behind the compilation.
The Club as you would expect, pays homage to our club floor. An edgier, club-style dancefloor, stripped down and with all the escapist trapping of global clubbing nightlife culture.
Sonically, the tracklist is equal parts bass anchored and driving force, with Electro and Techno tunes from local favourites Rose Bonica, Xee & CodeKid, Leeu & Avi Subban, Bruce Loko, Deano, and Dogstarr through to some amazing international works from Ectomorph, Henrick Schwarz, The Hacker, Aux 88, Maelstrom, Slam, JP Enfant, Sinfo and Mateo.
Then comes the beautiful progressive sounds of Eugene Becker, Mindo, Ryan Murgatroyd, Daru, Sides and Ryan Sullivan before finally stepping up with some cutting edge Drum n Bass courtesy of Mountain, Counterstrike and TehSynes.
More than music…
Along with the music, the visual identity of the festival is an essential forerunner in our communications and ethos, and this is something the organisation has always valued equally.
The compilation includes mobile and desktop versions of curated artwork by world-renowned designers like Black Koki, Drexciya mastermind Abdul Qadim Haqq, embroidery specialist Fiance Knowles and graffiti legend Falko One.
CTEMF is also inextricably linked to the City of Cape Town, and because of this felt it imperative to pay homage to the hidden gems our city has to offer, including a curated handbook of bars, restaurants, wine farms, and records stores.
This was done in collaboration with The Inside Guide.
Altogether, the compilation sews the story of the festival, the global network of artists who have supported and participated, the people who have fallen in love with CTEMF, and the life-affirming mission that electronic music culture has granted us over decades of involvement.
The CTEMF Friends & Frequencies multimedia package has been released to help raise funds for artists and the industry supply chain affected By COVID-19.
Exclusively available here
Fundraiser Partner – Feed Our Crew
Friends & Frequencies is available for sale at $10 (USD) exclusively via Bandcamp, with the sole objective of raising funds for the artists involved and the creative industry supply chain. The funds generated will be audited, allocated and distributed via their partners : Feed Our Crew
COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on the local events community, including technical crew that often work from gig to gig.
The vouchers will be used for food, electricity and other essentials.
With the donations received, vouchers valued at R500 will be distributed via Feed Our Crew to the qualified recipients.