The Khayelitsha electronic music scene is about to be heard by the world
The Khayelitsha electronic music scene may currently be underground but it’s about to be unearthed.
The Mother City is one of four cities worldwide that has been chosen to showcase the budding electronic music scene of Khayelitsha.
VICE magazine and Airbnb have teamed up to create a joint venture competition that will see lucky winners get a chance to experience and explore unique spaces and cultures in either Cape Town, Tokyo, Paris or New York.
Who better to host and guide the winners other than “township techno” king Spoek Mathambo and music queen Yolanda Fyrus?
Spoek is super excited to show people the huge amount of diversity, experimentation and talent brewing in Khayelitsha.
“The music is integrated with our local indigenous rhythms, languages and instruments,” Mathambo told HuffPost SA.
“Electronic music is a force that has allowed people to express themselves with instruments within reach”, he feels.
Unearth the underground
Spoek will also unveil musical talents curated in Khayelitsha who have not made it out onto bigger stages or been able to showcase their talents on bigger platforms.
“The biggest struggle for artists is feeling that there is no way out,” he said. “I mean people from Nyanga can’t even perform in the city. Why is that?”
His hope for the competition is that winners may understand and appreciate the beauty, uniqueness and vibrant energy expressed in Khayelitsha and realise how much Cape Town has to offer.
The itinerary includes a dance lesson, a home studio session, a Groova Park performance, and a braai, as well as spending money and a return flight.
The competition is currently open to entrants from around the world and ends on the 1st of September.
It’s time to unearth and expose the budding Khayelitsha electronic music scene!