Langa is a few months away from receiving a one of a kind music school which aims to empower and skill locals in electronic music. The Bridges for Music School, situated in Washington Street, in what was used to be called the Tsoga Enviromental Centre, is under construction. This school will boast state of the art recording studios, an ICT centre, a lecture room, DJ Booths, office space s as well as an amphitheatre for outside events. This is the result of efforts by Bridges For Music which gathers key players in the music industry to support responsible development in developing countries and to raise awareness about issues through music. According to Artist Relations Officer Thulani Headman, aka DJ Fosta, the school will not only benefit music lovers from KwaLanga. “The facility might be here but the aim is to improve the lives of musos from the surrounding areas. There will be music lessons, informative sessions as well as after school programs for the youth. The school will take about 25 students every month at the beginning of 2018,” he said. He said the idea of the school came after the organisation staged quite a number of workshops focusing on the music industry. “These workshops were important as we had global music icons such as DJs Skrillex and Black Coffee as well as legends such as Viny Da Vinci coming to Langa and sharing their experience and offering advice. But we felt that we needed something more long term and sustainable hence the idea was born in 2012 that there should be such a facility,” said Headman. Headman, himself a long time music producer in the local scene said that they knew the challenges faced by upcoming artist in local communities. “One of the stumbling blocks is the business side of entertainment and this is why 40% percent of the module to be offered will focus on entrepreneurship. We are hoping that since these skills will be transferable those that are lucky to notch a place will go on to help others,” he said. He said that the funds needed to build the facility were raised through partner organisations as well as online crowd funding initiatives.