Djarmalak; come together Concerts on Country

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Djarmalak; come together
Concerts on Country
Beswick Aboriginal Community, NT
25th May   –  22nd June   – 27th  July   2019

L-R: Mojo Juju  ll Oetha ll  Kira Puru

High res images   https://www.dropbox.com/sh/c2um7nihsjun7gg/AAAw95gOm0LnYncasafu615Qa?dl=0

 For Release: April 15th  2019

 

Djilpin Arts, in the remote Aboriginal community of Beswick, NT, is pleased to announce it will host its inaugural series of “Concerts on Country” this Dry Season with events in May, June and July 2019.

Kicking off the 2019 program is a veritable super-sistas of a line up featuring the highly awarded and acclaimed Mojo Juju, triple j fave Kira Puru,  and the latest ladies to hit the hip hop block Oetha.  MC all three concerts is the inimitable Constantina Bush with more names to be announced as we get closer to show time.

These three weekends held across May, June and July will be a first for Aboriginal Communities in the NT. Extending the community festival model, this series is set to create an intimate environment for cross cultural engagement.  A limited number of tickets will be available for the general public to engage and experience. With only two hundred tickets available for the General Public tickets will sell super fast.

Djarmalak is an homage to our late founding and Artistic Director Balang T E Lewis, whose vision was a culturally safe place where everyone could come together to learn, share, exchange and enjoy. ‘Culture as identity, art as medicine’, was his consistent message to community and visitors alike. Djarmalak affirms and carries his legacy, the community is stepping up with his passion and dedication as their inspiration. Cutting-edge Indigenous performance combined with the dynamics and persistence of traditional practice, Djarmalak is a special invitation from the heart of the community and resonates Balang’s belief that “culture is everyone’s responsibility”.

Three exclusive weekend events in the heart of Beswick community:

25th May 
Kira Puru
Black Crow [Young Wagilak Group from Roper River]
DJ set.

22nd June     
The Merindas
Jimblah
DJ set

27th July   
Mojo Juju
Oetha
Lady Lash DJ set

 

Each event  features MC Constantina Bush, Indigenous DJs, Beswick’s own Wugularr Drifters, workshops, museum tours, art sales, overnight camping, great food and Barista Coffee. Beswick is located 100kms from Katherine.

More acts and workshop line up to be announced late May.

 

BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL . Tickets are limited

Book online now at www.shakespeareaustralia.com.au

Connect with us on FB and Instagram : @djilpinarts

 

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2019 artist line up

Artist Snapshot Bios

 

Kira Puru
Performer, photographer, visual artist, DJ and vocal powerhouse Kira Puru continues to prove herself as a force to be reckoned with on the release of her new single ‘Tension’. The track follows a whirlwind year which saw Puru make a guest appearance at Splendour In The Grass and triple j’s One Night Stand in 2016 with Urthboy, as well as joining him on tour for Midnight Oil in October.

Until now, the multi-disciplined songstress has been better known for her collaborations and feature vocalist exploits with the likes of Illy, Urthboy and Paul Kelly. Recognised for her dynamic live performances and genre-defying writing style, the goth disco ‘Tension’ features a hypnotic melody and offers a clear insight into the evolution of Puru’s artistry.

Making versatility her virtue and cutting her teeth with Australia’s finest on the national stage, Puru has earned a throng of dedicated fans and industry accolades. Widely respected as one of Australia’s biggest voices, there is no doubt that 2017 will continue to see this ever-rising star shine.

 

The Merindas
Fresh Melbourne based female duo, The Merindas, are the synthesis of warrior queen, bringing an on-trend style of rhythmic, expressive and beautiful music dedicated to their cultural heritage. Blending their sultry tones and energetic stage presence, The Merindas, accompanied by forthcoming talented mix master Jake Steele, create an atmospheric fusion of Indigenous, electro-tribal pop sounds in an extraordinary presentation of choreographed movement and slay attire.

Recent Melbourne based female duo, The Merindas, present a much anticipated show unprecedented on the Australian music scene. Jawoyn woman Candice Lorrae born in Darwin and Nyoongar Ballardong Whadjuk woman Kristel Kickett from Tammin in Western Australia discovered their mutual passion for music in Perth just 6 years ago. Making the move to Melbourne together with their families it’s clear these soul sisters are set to trail-blaze their innovative style of Indigenous music.

Catching their break in 2012 singing Motown hits for the launch of the Sapphires movie, The Merindas went on to sell out shows across Perth receiving a 2013 Deadly award nomination for Most Promising New Talent In Music. Success continued with winning the 2015 Indigenous WAM Song of the Year for their single “Ready to Love”. It’s no surprise The Merindas would go on to support some of Australia’s biggest stars, including, among others, Jessica Mauboy, Dan Sultan and Isaiah Firebrace as well as supporting International Grammy Award winning artist, Brandy in 2016. Whilst directing workshops with Indigenous communities across Australia and touring throughout 2017, the in-demand Merindas are also headlining fashion show runways, recently for the Commonwealth Games Intertwined Fashion Show.

Together with ARIA award winning producer Dazastah from Downsyde and new emerging producer Jake Steele The Merindas are currently working on their debut album set to launch in early 2019. Their new music is the synthesis of warrior queen, on-trend style of rhythmic, expressive and beautiful music that is a tribute to their cultural heritage. Blending their sultry tones, hypnotising melodies and energetic stage presence The Merindas will, along with the mastery of Jake Steele’s mixing skills on stage, create an atmospheric fusion of Indigenous, electro tribal pop sounds in an extraordinary presentation.

 

INTRODUCING HOMEWARD BOUND, THE NEW PROJECT FROM JIMBLAH AND GEORGIA B.
The Homeward Bound sound may be fresh and new, but the origins of this duo have been bubbling away for some years now. The dynamic combination of Jimblah and Goji (Georgia B) is one fans of both individually have enjoyed for years, but when they joined forces to embark on this new creative journey, something new was awakened between the two.
From writing and recording sessions sprung a colourful and vibrant fusion of the electronic and hip hop – two distinctive pools of influence that both artists blended in identifying the Homeward Bound sound. Debut single ‘Island’ landed to praise and a desire for more from the duo, marking a distinct shift in tone for Jimblah.Having already released who had already released Phoenix and Face The Fire through Elefant Traks, his return with Homeward Bound brought with it a revitalised and excitingly curious energy. Paired with the strength of Goji, the arrival of Homeward Bound was one that seemed surprising and overdue at the same time.
“Ultimately, we want the audience to know that we are open to explore music as a whole, to not be boxed in when it comes down to genres. We are both huge fans of music in general, so we want that to be evident in the music we play with. As more of this first record comes to light, it will become more and more evident of where we gravitate sonically, and that’s quite a big spectrum.”
The project first started in 2015, after both Jimblah and Goji wanted to explore different sounds and avenues to the ones they had already built platforms for themselves on. Bringing together two opposite sets of creative and musical palettes, the partnership developed in new ways – ways that were eventually explored on record.
An ever present element of Homeward Bound’s music is a constant, permeating positive energy. From “Island”, to “Be”, to “Bless” and onto “Float”, it’s becoming evermore evident of the lightness both artists carry themselves with on record; a grace and flair that encourages the listener to lose themselves in the music and enjoy.
A fun experience for the listener and the artists, Homeward Bound found inspiration in each other and were able to channel that into their music, letting it rebound of each sound laid down.

Gearing up for the release of their debut Album, 2019 truly promises to solidify Homeward Bound as the ones to watch in the Australian Music Community.

 

Mojo Juju
2018 saw Mojo Juju drop her her biggest album yet, and in adherence to the laws of physics it made some mighty big waves too.  Garnering  rave  reviews  for the  brutally  honest  title  track  “Native  Tongue” and it’s accompanying video and amassing new fans along the way, Mojo Ruiz de Luzuriaga, a.k.a. Mojo Juju, continues to rise. Collecting a slew of accolades, 15 award nominations (including 3 x ARIA nominations) and taking home a healthy bundle of awards, including the J Award for ‘Best Music Video’ and the Dreamtime Award for ‘Best Female Artist’.

Sitting  down  with  SBS  The  Feed,  Mojo  explained: “This  album  is  about  my  relationships  with  Ancestry  and  Elders  and  how  family  history  has  informed  a  great  deal  of  who  I  am.  In  a  lot  of  ways,  I  wrote  this  album  for  my  younger  self,  because  as  a  kid  growing  up  in  regional  Australia,  I  would  have  benefited  so  greatly  from  having  heard  more  stories  from,  by  or  about  other  people  of  colour,  queer  people,  people  like  me.  I  wanted  this  to  be  an  album  for  First  Nations  People,  1st  generations,  2nd  generations  and  3rd  Culture  kids.”

To  coincide  with  the  album release Mojo Juju undertook  a  massive  21  date  national  tour  to a run of sold out rooms, followed up by a suport slot on Paul Kelly’s ‘Makin’ Gravy Tour’.

 Oetha [pronounced O-E-tha] is a new rap group comprising of Indigenous lady powerhouses Lady Lash, Miss Hood and Dizzy Doolan. These three talented women are well connected and respected on a grass roots level in the music scene and both urban and remote Indigenous communities.

The name Oetha is an acronym; it’s meaning being Our Earth The Heart Acknowledges.

Oetha are committed to making music that captures the many issues and associated emotions that Indigenous women go through and will continue to go through. Like a journal Oetha captures the emotional journey these women travel and brings to life their untold stories. Their music gives a voice to the voiceless. It gives a voice to strong women who are not heard in mainstream society, and especially not captured in the male dominated genre of Hip Hop.

Oetha’s debut track Sista Girl has a soul hip-hop style with a Lauryn Hill twist. The magic is a result of the 3 different vocal powers throughout the track with individual sounds. The overall Sista Girl sound is like a warm spring sunset, a late night d ‘n’ m [deep and meaningful] with some rise & shine soul flavour.  Lady Lash brings her sound in an intimate, positive, sharp edge reflective piece, while Dizzy kicks off the song with a strong presence and foundation all while Miss Hood brings reflection and style.

Lady Lash – DJ Set
A proud Kokatha woman from Ceduna, South Australia, Lash spent her childhood days listening to her Mum’s cassette tapes & learning how to sing & rap by emulating what she heard on those tapes and on the radio.

Lash relocated to Melbourne in 2009 where she dropped her first EP in 2010 entitled ‘Pearl’ that featured songs ‘It Aint Easy’ and ‘Busy Bee’. Then in 2013 slaying the music scene with a multi-award-winning debut album, Crystal Mercy ‘The Fisherman’s Daughter’. As a vocalist she combines refreshing Jazz melodies over soulful Hip Hop beats & as an MC she is a brilliant storyteller, naturally capturing the essence of every topic she rhymes about. This powerhouse of a woman combines equal parts Jazz, Hip Hop interwoven with soul driven storytelling. Her music pushes sonic boundaries in profoundly beautiful ways.

With numerous Festivals & Shows under her belt, her natural talent has seen her perform at the Sydney Opera House as a cast member of Deborah Cheetham’s first Indigenous Opera ‘Pecan Summer’. She has also supported the likes of Jessica Mauboy, Archie Roach, Paul Kelly, Dan Sultan, Urthboy, Lowkey, & Paris Wells just to name a few. Lash is currently in Production for her 4th Album titled ‘Therapy Tapes’ due to be released late 2018.  She is a brilliant rapper, incredible spoken words artists & an even better singer. Her many talents have seen her win many awards in Victoria where she now resides. These accolades include a Deadly award nomination, an Age Music Victoria Genre Award nomination while winning the prestigious VIPA Award (Victorian Indigenous Performer Awards) for the most promising act of 2013.

Lady Lash is indeed a great talent & one for the country to keep a close eye as her star continues to rise.

 

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