Hawtin will join Black Coffee and DJ Fresh in a series of workshops and performances aimed at social change among South African youth.
Richie Hawtin will make his South African debut in February at a series of socially conscious events organized by a non-profit organization called Bridges For Music.
Bridges For Music sees electronic music as a force of positive social change among South African youth. It says its mission is "to use music as a tool to bridge geographical and social gaps, and to provide a contact point between younger generation of DJs and internationally seasoned artists from the global circuit, raising awareness of social issues by leveraging the presence of global opinion leaders within local communities and by connecting the international media, technology and dance music brands with these new audiences."
As their ambassador, Hawtin will join local icons Black Coffee and DJ Fresh at a series of electronic music workshops and master classes in Soweto and Gugulethu. He's also booked for two gigs in South Africa during that time, his first ever in the country. The first will take place at the second annual Cape Town Electronic Music Festival on February 15th, the next at Truth in Johannesburg the following night. Both of these events are officially involved with Bridges For Music: each one has agreed to donate 10 Rand per ticket to the cause.