Towards the end of last year I was fortunate enough to spend a week at the Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp in Johannesburg, and was given a little taste of how the main event works and also, how it opens a select group of artists up to a multitude of musical possibilities through collaboration.
This year’s Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) takes place in Tokyo from October the 12th to November the 14th. Previous South African RBMA alumni include Black Coffee, Culoe du Song, Jullian Gomes, Thibo Tazz, TranceMicSoul, Behr and Richard the Third.
The journey of the Red Bull Music Academy began 15 years ago – and since then the yearly music jamboree has travelled to cities around the world. For each event, a building is fitted out with specially designed workspaces, high-end recording studio, radio studio and communal spaces – and installed with an exhibition of local established and emerging visual artists. By night, Red Bull Music Academy presents a festival of ground-breaking signature concerts and parties held in the city’s cult venues, cultural institutions, and hidden spaces.