Here at MEOKO, we are keeping our eyes peeled tightly on South Africa and the players who are behind the region’s burgeoning underground electronic music scene, which is increasingly seeing renowned international house and techno artists clamber at the chance to play there. Although house music has been a huge part of the cultural fabric of South Africa since the 1990s, mostly in the peripheral urban townships of Johannesburg, developments in the last several years have resulted in it having the largest house music consumer market in the world, with the genre being the 3rd highest selling in the country. Having founded the first music awards ceremony devoted solely to house music, and with a host of house and techno-based festivals, workshops and conferences popping up in region, South Africa is a vital, but unrecognised and relatively unexplored, center of the 4/4 sound. This is perhaps to do with its often unique, cultural and socio-economic, relationship with house music. Much of the South African appraoch to house has incorporated the sounds of Chicago et al. with regional and traditional African influences, such as Kwaito, Soweto vocals or Afrobeat rhythms. This tentative musical hybrid, sometimes called Afro or African House, is hugely dominant in SA’s clubs and on the radio and is potentially what keeps the scene relatively separate from global trends and recognition. Nevertheless, more recently South African house music culture, as well as the township’s local DJs and producers, have finally become recognised throughout South Africa and increasingly around the world, with Resident Advisor‘s recent Real Scenes documentary on Johannesburg and a number of large-scale events in 2013 that have invited globally renowned artists to headline.
The club Truth is one of the venues at the forefront of this evolution. An abandoned snake park in Midrand, Truth has provided Johannesburg with forward-thinking electronic music for over a decade whilst also being an expansive and unique space that throws some of the finest parties to be found in South Africa. For their upcoming event on Saturday 16th of February, Truth have partnered with Bridges for Music, an exciting non-profit organization that aims to promote a responsible development of electronic music in disadvantaged areas. Together they are bringing Richie Hawtin Live to Truth for a night time festival, with 5 floors being transformed to provide an immersive visual and aural experience to match Hawtin’s own innovative approach to electronic music.
Photo credit: www.hg2johannesburg.com
Richie Hawtin is undoubtedly a legend, a pioneer behind some of the most important developments in techno and house. From his influence over the scene with his Plus 8 label, founded in 1990, through to his present day role as head of M-nus records, Hawtin is much more than just a globe-trotting DJ but a seminal figure in house music history. It is therefore fitting that he has been invited to play in Johannesburg at such a key moment in the music’s popularity and development.
MEOKO are offering TWO of you lucky readers a special hamper of goodies from the lovely people at Truth club, including stickers, Truth t-shirts AND a 2 x free tickets to what’s guaranteed to be a pretty spectacular party. If you are in South Afric then this is definitely not one to miss! To be in for a chance of winning, all you have to do is comment in the box below with the phrase ‘I WANT TO SEE RICHIE HAWTIN IN JOHANNESBURG’.
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Date: Saturday 16 February 2013
Time: 20.00 UTC+2 onwards
Cost: R200 – R250
Truth, Old Pretoria Road, Midrand, SA
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