Indigenous Hip Hop Projects | Visit their website
The Indigenous Hip Hop Projects bring their high energy performance to the stage with contagious enthusiasm and impressive moves that will blow you away.
Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony
N’arweet Carolyn Briggs performs a traditional Boon Wurrung ‘Welcome to Country’. The audience are invited to participate in a Smoking Ceremony performed by representatives from the Boon Wurrung.
Welcome to Country
A Welcome to Country is given by Traditional Owners for people visiting their land. Historically, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups have defined boundaries between their land and that of other groups, and crossing into another group’s Country required permission. Once permission was granted, the hosting group would welcome the visitors, offering them safe passage and protection of their spiritual being during the journey.
A Smoking Ceremony is one of the most significant ancient ceremonies performed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The ceremony involves smouldering various native plants to produce smoke which is believed to have cleansing properties and the ability to ward off bad spirits.
Shauntai Batzke | Visit her website
Full Lyric Wiradjuri Soprano, Shauntai Batzke has performed in some of the most celebrated venues across Australia and in New York. Beginning as an inspirational soul singer, Shauntai now performs operatic repertoire in operas, concerts, recitals and musicals. A principal artist with Short Black Opera and an alumna of Melba Opera Trust, Shauntai’s future is looking towards V2020Change with Soul4GIVE, sharing the message of forgiveness and hope through music to our community and abroad, whilst performing Verismo and original repertoire.
Brett Lee | Visit his website
A Ngiyaampaa man from the Wangaybon Nation in Western New South Wales, Brett grew up off country next to the Pacific Ocean in a little town called Forster. He began his musical journey at the age of 20, quickly started crafting his own songs and now finds himself residing in the music metropolis of Melbourne, making tunes for the malleable hearted.
Emily Wurramara | Visit her website
Emily sings in both English and Anindilyakwa, the traditional language of her home on Groote Eylandt in the Northern Territory. Hers was a childhood of water and music. A mother telling her stories of dreams and dolphins that would one day become the seed of her music. She has become a seasoned performer with festival and show appearances both in Australia and abroad, and a debut EP with traditional stories and nursery rhymes, songs that address the ever-present challenges to her community and of simply growing up.
Baker Boy | Visit his website
Raised in the remote NT communities Milingimbi and Maningrida, Danzal Baker is the freshest new hip-hop talent from the Top End. His totem is the Olive Python, his moiety is Dhuwa and his skin is Burralung/Gela boy. Young, strong and proud, Baker Boy raps in Yolngu Matha language representing his Arnhem Land bloodlines. With a whirlwind of success following his hit single Cloud 9, Baker Boy hopes to inspire younger generations to embrace their culture and become leaders in their communities.
Kamali | Visit their website
Cairns based trio Kamali is a smooth eclectic blend of reggae, R’n’B and neo-soul sounds infused with rustic soul harmonies. For Alicia, Kaweyova and Mayella, music has always been a tool for passing on the understanding of language, culture and values. The trio’s vision is to educate, inspire and encourage the growth of young leaders who add value to their families and communities.
Robert Champion | Visit his website
Robert K Champion moves audiences with his haunting guitar music and compelling stories of life, love and loss across the Australian landscape. A Gubrun, Kokatha and Mirning man now living and making music in Melbourne, Robert performs original compositions, a combination of country ballads and melodic songs.
Lady Lash | Visit her website
A strong Kokatha/Greek Woman from the West Coast of South Australia, Lady Lash’s positive jazz melodies infused with sultry rhymes have an essence of modern street poetry. After many years hustling her skillful flow for crowds, Lady Lash has come into her own and loves to capture hearts with powerful visions and vocals that push boundaries in profound ways.
Benny Walker | Visit his website
A Yorta Yorta man from Echuca, Benny Walker is the real deal. His killer voice and epic tales are mixed with a deep groove and passion for the land. Benny Walker has performed alongside some of Australia’s finest. His current EP Undercover debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes Blues charts and Benny was the 2016 recipient of ‘Best Aboriginal Talent’ at The Age Music Victoria Awards.