All roads lead to Madrid this autumn. At least they do for a goodly number of the world's top musicians. On October 23 the latest installment of the Red Bull Music Academy lands in the Spanish capital after a mightily impressive ten-city world tour.
Before some of music's most skilled take tomorrow's stars under their wings in Madrid, the RBMA winds around the globe with a tour that will undoubtedly whet the appetite of those successful Madrid applicants.
It all begins in Cape Town (29 August to 3 September) when drum'n'bass man Dillinja leads a crew of homegrown hip hop stars. Then it's off to Berlin (7 September to 9 September) where the cutting-edge is represented by Basic Channel's head honcho Moritz Von Oswald, plus Tom Muller, the engineer who worked with David Bowie in the 1970s.
After that it gets even more impressive. Paris (11 September) sees Roots drummer Questlove heading up the world premiere of a one-off show called Afro-Picks, which features Fela Kuti sticksman, Macy Gray, Amp Fiddler and members of Antibalas; Detroit (12 to 17 September) hosts workshops and performances from Motor City's techno icons Theo Parrish, Carl Craig and Juan Atkins; and the Wu-Tang Clan and Mobb Deep muck in in New York (26 September to 2 October).
The tour also calls in Toronto (22 September), Melbourne (25 September), Rome (4 October) and Sao Paulo (8 to 9 October), before its penultimate stop, the London Eye (October 13). And then it's all about the main event: Madrid. Expect more news soon...