Between Wednesday 30 June and Friday 2 July 2021, Bridges for Music, Flame Studios and Nando’s will be working together to fire up the future careers of 10 up-and-coming musicians in BridgeFire, a one-of-a-kind music programme that seeks to uplift burgeoning South African creative talent. BridgeFire will be hosted at Flame Studios, located in the birthplace of one of the world’s most envied Constitutions, Constitution Hill in Johannesburg. The programme involves the selection of 10 aspiring musicians from across South Africa, hosting them in a series of workshops to be facilitated by friends of Nando’s who are experienced and talented mentors in the music industry. Skills transfer sessions and masterclasses will also be made available online to the public, too.
GM of Marketing at Nando’s, Justine Cullinan says, “Nando’s has always been passionate about nurturing and showcasing creativity in Mzansi. Over the years our commitment to investing in and generating global and scalable opportunities for South African creative talent has put us in touch with many movers and shakers in the creative world. What started with arts and design has now encompassed music thanks to our partners like Bridges for Music.”
Bridges for Music is a non-profit organisation gathering key players from the global music industry to support emerging local talent and build new-age learning programmes. The first pioneering creative school was opened in Langa (Cape Town) in 2019 and this BridgeFire event is their first pop-up program in Johannesburg.
The agenda of BridgeFire is designed to stimulate creative flow and provide participants with an inspirational and career-transforming experience. Valentino Barrioseta, Founder of Bridges for Music says, “We want to connect local up and coming artists with global industry leaders and South African mentors. We believe music and creativity are major forces for South Africa’s youth development and we hope this can be another platform to accelerate it.” The BridgeFire masterclasses, which will be made available online post-event, will be hosted will cover a range of topics that will help any young creative succeed in today’s creative industries. These masterclasses will include internationally renowned Simon Dunmore and Sef Kombo of Defected Records UK.
Having understandably postponed several events, in-person forums and conferences in 2020, BridgeFire provides opportunities for young artists to connect with the industry at large. “We cannot wait to see what kind of creativity is sparked as young passion collides with experienced wisdom. We are sure that this programme will mark the beginnings of a few incredible careers that will hopefully leave a South African mark on the world’s creative soul,” concludes Cullinan.
Anyone interested can find out more at www.bridge-fire.com and on socials follow @bridgefireofficial on Facebook and Instagram as well as #BridgeFire
About Flame Studios
A world-class recording studio hub built within The Old Fort ramparts at Constitution Hill and inspired by the Flame of Democracy that perpetually burns outside The Constitutional Court. It lives as an expression of the new creative spirit and direction of South Africa.
A registered NPC, Flame Studios is available for commercial hire, whilst remaining focused on developing South African creative talent through accessible recording facilities and mentorship programs. It is a communal space where our nation can heal through the power of music and song. A shared space designed to amplify the voices of our musicians, artists and storytellers.