The seventh edition of CTEMF saw us continue our efforts with CTEMF Connect. Now in its fifth year, the program identifies local DJs with potential but are held back by limited resources. We then aim to fast track their careers and help them fulfil that potential.

Western Cape-based producers and DJs Ubiza Wethu, Pierre Johnson and Siphe Tebeka, have released their first joint EP through our CTEMF Connect program, in partnership with Universal Music, music streaming service JOOX & Red Bull Music.

“We are proud to have sponsored this year’s CTEMF Connect programme,” says Thabiet Allie, Chief Commercial Officer of Music at Tencent Africa. “One of our key goals as JOOX is to assist in nurturing and growing the local music industry by partnering with festivals, events and non-profit organisations, such as the CTEMF Connect programme and others, who all care about local music as much as we do.”

The CTEMF EP, which is released through Universal Music, and now available via the JOOX app, features ‘Invisible’ by Siphe Tebeka featuring Shirah, ‘Intuitions’ by Pierre Johnson and ‘Dot’ by Ubiza Wethu, with remixes to come.

“It’s been epic to have had the chance to assist these producers by accelerating their careers through our focused workshops,” says David Ireton from CTEMF. “Keep an eye on each one of them; they’re about to disrupt the SA electronic music scene. We’ve got no doubt that they’ll be part of the fabric of local music culture before long.”

CTEMF Connect wouldn’t be possible without the sponsors we’ve received phenomenal support from. Huge thanks goes out to JOOX, the principal sponsor of this programme. This is the first time we have received financial support and its had a huge impact.

Thanks also goes to Red Bull Studios, who gave us financial support as well as access to the Red Bull Studios, where we held workshops, and recorded this EP.

We’re incredibly grateful to Tuerk Music, who provided big discounts on the gear we got for the artists. This included two Korg synths for Pierre and Siphe and an entire home studio for Ubiza Wethu. They also supplied free FL studio sessions and a pair of Technics HDJ 1200 studio headphones for each artist.

Then there’s MADE Agency, who provided us with writing and design expertise, workshops, project management and helped put together electronic press kits for our artists. And lastly, the talented Ian Skene, who shot all our press pictures.

Download JOOX on iOS and Android and start streaming this EP exclusively until the 5th of October, after that the EP will be available on all major music stores.

CTEMF 2019 tickets go on sale in October 2018 – stay tuned..!