Good Morning Mix: Richie Hawtin – DE9 Fragments 7. Somewhere in South Africa (February 2013)
This morning’s mix is a living testament to dance music’s capacity to unite and uplift. Bridges for Music is an innovative nonprofit that employs electronic music to effect positive social change in disadvantaged areas by bridging divides, inspiring individuals and promoting public awareness. The organization recently brought minimal techno icon Richie Hawtin to the South African townships of Soweto and Langa to conduct workshops and perform live alongside homegrown talents like Black Coffee.
Hawtin describes the following mix as a series of fragments from each of his DJ sets in the Rainbow Nation as an “attempt to capture the feeling and direction of the night, giving those who were there a reminder of the events they experienced while giving those who were not present a fragmented distortion of what they missed.” Despite such distortion, it’s clear that those not in attendance missed a number of incredible and forward-thinking events from both musical and conceptual standpoints. Bridges for Music has also brought such varied acts as Luciano, Skrillex, and 12th Planet to participate in its South African programs, so expect no shortage of socially-conscious sounds to come.