CDR workshops come to South Africa

CDR is the bedrock for aspiring and established producers to submit their current works in progress that are then playlisted and heard that same night. From similar sessions in the UK, a burgeoning community of musicians, producers and fans has developed. UK music makers to have made use of CDR sessions in the UK include Atjazz, Floating Points and Maya Jane Coles.

CDR founder Tony Nwachukwu. Photo:
CDR founder Tony Nwachukwu. Photo:

This week from Wednesday 15 April to Sunday 19 April, CDR will introduce South African artists, producers and audiences in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban to new music from the UK and also create a platform and a way of thinking that promotes the development of new electronically produced music through collaborations and communities.

Featuring workshops and sessions by founder Tony Nwachukwu, special guest Cape Town-born, UK-based producer Esa Williams (Freerange, Auntie Flo) and other local producers, CDR will be bringing fresh ideas and insights into production to these venues:

  • Wed 15 April (daytime): CDR workshops @ And Club, 36 Stiemens St, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
  • Wed 15 April (evening): CDR sessions with Warm Up @ And Club, 36 Stiemens St, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
  • Thu 16 April (evening): CDR session @ Absolute, 258 Florida Road, Morningside, Durban
  • Sat 18 April (daytime): CDR workshops @ Red Bull Studios, 103B Bree St, Cape Town
  • Sat 18 April (evening): CDR sessions with Private Life @ Waiting Room, 273 Long St, Cape Town
  • Sun 19 April (daytime/evening): CDR sessions with Cold Turkey @ Gugu S’thebe Community Centre, Washington St, Langa, Cape Town

Shortly after landing in South Africa this week, CDR founder Tony Nwachukwu told Music In Africa: “The workshops will include different ways that Esa and I rework audio recordings and samples in our productions. There will also be a platform to discuss production techniques and approaches to electronic music composition. There's more but you're going to have to attend!

“It means so much for CDR to be held in South Africa! In many ways being here reminds me why CDR was established - to create a platform for new electronic music to flourish across genres across boundaries,” said Tony, adding that they are particularly looking for applications from “artists and producers who create next-level electronic music fusions.”

CDR are accepting submissions to their Dropbox and also in-person on the day/s.

This project is produced by CDR and No-Nation and generously supported by British Council Connect ZA and Red Bull Studios Cape Town. The project is part of SA-UK Seasons 2014 & 2015 which is a partnership between the South African Department of Arts and Culture and the British Council. For updates see the CDR Facebook page.


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