29th September at Westwood International School, Phase 4, Gaborone
30th September at Gaborone Cricket Club
Electronic music has become the soundtrack of innovation. The world is going through an increased pace of change bought on by the availability of technology and an ease of creation afforded by our digital age. There are few more striking examples of this change in action than the music industry.
When before the creation of music was reserved for those with access to costly equipment and recording studios, now anyone with a computer can enter a musical career and potentially change their lives. In this way, electronic music is an audible symbol of democracy. It affords opportunity to all, giving everyone an equal chance to create and be recognized for their efforts. As Botswana enters its 50th year of democracy the government has chosen to host an electronic music festival in a forward thinking representation of the countries dynamic state of change.
The first Botswana Electronic Music Festival aims to inspire the national to create, to join the digital evolution and stand up on the world stage. Equally, it’s time for the world to recognize Botswana as a contributor to global innovation. This charge will be lead by an incredible host of local and international artists, as well as a series of workshops bringing aspiring local producers together with leading figures in the electronic music scene.
Taking place in and around Gaborone, BEMF 2015 kicks off with workshops on the 29th of September that are free and open to the public, followed by a day into night party on Freedom Day September 30th, at the Gaborone Cricket Club. Gates open at 3pm.
As a festival we draw inspiration from the manifesto of the Detroit Electronic Music Festival (D.E.M.F), which began in Detroit in 2000. Detroit is synonymous with the birth of techno and electronic music in general, and this is where the barriers of society were initially broken down through the medium of music. We strive to engage people from all walks of life by incorporating multiple genres and the scenes they inhabit. From grass-roots techno and deep house, to the hip-hop, disco and reggae of long ago, right through to the electro, dubstep and EDM dominating the main stages of today.
Inclusion is the intention, exposure is the purpose.
With this in mind, we’re going to be hosting a day of workshops on the 29th September at the Westwood International School. It will kick off at 4pm and end at 8pm with four incredibly informative talks from Ryan Murgatroyd, Sibot, Dj Gouveia BW &Okmalumkoolkat.
Do not miss out on this opportunity to learn, educate and be a part of Botswana’s ever growing Electronic Music industry.