Bridges for Music and Nando’s have joined forces to open the Bridges Academy in Langa and this place is the stuff of dreams

Bridges Academy in Langa, Cape Town is a hub of creation and learning where young, talented students can pursue their creative dreams, develop their skills and share their passion for music among other art forms.

Heavily supported by Nando’s who are committed to nurturing South Africa’s creative talent, Bridges for Music’s quest is to uplift, encourage and strengthen disadvantaged communities through music.

Langa, where Bridges Academy is based, is the home to legendary South African singer, Brenda Fassie. It’s a township that has strong musical roots and is where Bridges for Music conducted its first workshops with internationally acclaimed artists like Ed Shereen, Skrillex and Black Coffee earlier this year.

Last week Thursday members of the media were invited to explore the space and to meet the students, who call themselves “co-creators”. We were also treated to a special performance by Zolani and a collaborative panel where Sho Madjoi, Muzi and Nonku Phiri spoke about the power of collaboration and using our resources to work together.

The Nando’s Music Exchange brings together young musicians from across the Nando’s world for cross cultural musical collaborations and mentorship with accomplished music industry experts. In 2019, three Bridges Academy students took part in the Nando’s Music Exchange which hosted more than 40 musicians from around the world at the iconic Roundhouse venue in London.

“We are proud of the partnership with Nando’s and the collective work done to get the Academy open. It’s the first school built entirely through the collaboration of numerous companies and friends in the music industry and beyond, who are now actively engaged in delivering opportunities and a world-class program,” explains Bridges for Music founder Valentino Barrioseta says.

Both parties are hopeful that this Langa-based space will become a hub for all young artists, from all areas surrounding Cape Town – a true bridge between communities.