The Red Bull Music Academy At A Taste Of Sónar

Posted on February 28 2012

This year the Design Indaba brings the Barcelona-based Sónar Music Festival, one of the highlights on the European music calendar, to Cape Town. “A Taste Of Sónar” will feature Global Electronica heavyweights such as Modeselektor and Brodinski share the stage with local Electronic Music masters such as Das Kapital and Fletcher in Dubduring DesignIndaba 2012.

As an addition to “A Taste Of Sónar” the Red Bull Music Academy will host a stage featuring past Red Bull Music Academy participants such as Culoe De Song and Jullian Gomes. This is in line with Sónar’s ongoing collaboration with the Red Bull Music Academy which began in 2005 with the Red Bull Music Academy team curating the SónarLounge Stage which moved up in 2009 to the SónarDôme Stage, at Sónar by Day.

Many of the past South African Red Bull Music Academy participants have had the opportunity to play at Sónar such as Black Coffee, Culoe De Song, Jullian Gomes, T-Man and Richard the Third, giving them exposure to international audiences. One of South Africa’s most successful House Music artists, Black Coffee, played a legendary closing set at the SonarLounge, as the Barcelona sun set and the Sonar by Day crowd were awed by Coffee’s infectious and refined Afro rhythms and 4/4 kicks. His set was echoed some years later when Black Coffee’s protege, Culoe De Song, closed the SónarDôme to over a thousand revellers who lapped up the young prodigy’s haunting Tribal House.

It is no surprise then that “A Taste Of Sónar” will feature a Red Bull Music Academy Stage featuring the aforementioned Culoe De Song and Jullian Gomes, last year’s Red Bull Music Academy participant, the eclectic Electronica master Behr, as well as other past participants and local pioneers such as Thibo Tazz, Terrence Pearce and Rebel Clef. With the addition of the Red Bull Music Academy Stage, “A Taste Of Sonar” will truly be one this year’s best Electronic and Dance Music Events in South Africa.


“A Taste of Sónar” will take place at Cape Town’s City Hall on Friday 2 March 2012. For more info head over to the website


Take a listen to RBMA 2004 participant and Red Bull Studio Cape Town manager, Richard the Third’s set recorded live at the SónarLounge back in 2008:

Lineup for the night:

Main Stage:

19.00 Fletcher
20:05 BLK JKS
21:00 Byetone
21:55 Massive Attack DJ set + United Visual Artists
23:30 Modeselektor
00:40 Brodinski
02:00 Das Kapital
03:00 Killer Robot

The Red Bull Music Academy Stage:

19:00 Diggin4Dodge
20:30 Terrence Pearce
21:30 Culoe De Song & Jullian Gomes
23:00 Thibo Tazz
00:30 Behr
01:30 Richard The Third
03:00 Rebel Clef
04:00 Close

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