Yaluk-ut Weelam Ngargee – Special Event 

Friday 1 February 

As part of the 2019 Yaluk-ut Weelam Ngargee Festival program, the City of Port Phillip has announced a special summer music concert at St Kilda’s iconic Memo Music Hall. Taking place on Friday 1 February and MC’ed by Leila Gurruwiwi, the line-up features Mojo Juju, The Merindas, Squid Nebula and Kalyani, with incredible spoken word artists Neil Morris, Monica Karo and Benson Sualo.

Tickets are $25 ($20 Concession) + booking fee and on sale now!

Doors 6pm for a 7pm start. Please note that this is a standing event with limited seating available.

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Please note tickets are 18+. Beverages and snacks will be available at the venue. Pass outs available. 

Note: The Yaluk-ut Weelam Ngargee free family festival program will take place Saturday 2 February.

 

Line-up

Kalyani 
Kalyani is the solo emergence of artist and songwriter, Kalyani Mumtaz. After touring for seven years with her pop project Willow Beats (which sold out shows across the country) Mumtaz now presents her songs in their most intimate form. Kalyani will outline Mumtaz’s extensive catalogue with a soft set of vocals and piano.

Benson Saulo
Benson Saulo leads with insight and impact from experience that he has develop throughout his working life from across Australian corporate, not-for-profit and government sectors. Benson was appointed the 2011 Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations, then represented Australian youth at the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. Benson became the founding director of the National Indigenous Youth Leadership Academy (NIYLA), which engages young Indigenous Australians to develop and drive youth-led social action campaigns. Benson is currently the Head of Community for Australian Unity, where he also manages the Australian Unity Foundation. Benson’s work has been acknowledged through various national awards including finalist for Young Australian of the Year and the Youth Human Rights Medal.

Squid Nebula
Squid Nebula are a five-piece from Melbourne not afraid to swim against the current. Since 2014, Squid Nebula have been filling deep waters around Melbourne with their paella of soul, reggae, pop and jazz that will really get your three hearts pumping.
In May this year, they released their debut self-titled EP to much acclaim amidst a five-week residency at the Evelyn Hotel and have seen the songs receive airplay across Triple J, Triple R, PBS and receive ‘Song Of The Week’ honours on The Hoist, SYN FM. In August, the band hosted their first mini festival Squid Inc. at The Gasometer Hotel and co-headlined a residency at Cherry Bar for Soul Thursdays. Ink these creatures into your diaries and come swim in the deep end.

Monica Karo
Monica Karo, a Gunai/Kurnai and Gunditjmara descendant is an emerging Melbourne based spoken word artist, actor and singer songwriter. Having studied a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre at the Victorian College of the Arts, she is continuously expanding on her artistry, often challenging society in her spoken word in the hopes for positive change. Monica was a featured poet at the Northcote Social Club for 2018 NAIDOC event Baggarook, and was a selected poet for the 2018 Kalang Writers retreat where she performed her original poetry for the 2018 Collective Spirit Talk at the Wheeler Centre. Reflecting a deep connection to spirituality through her ancestry, Monica brings a raw element by infusing her strong cultural values and personal experiences of womanhood into her poetry.

The Merindas | Visit the website
Melbourne-based duo, The Merindas, present a much anticipated show unprecedented on the Australian music scene. Jawoyn woman Candice Lorrae from Darwin and Nyoongar Ballardong Whadjuk woman Kristel Kickett from Tammin in Western Australia, discovered their mutual passion for music just six years ago. Since making the move to Melbourne together it is clear these soul sisters are set to trail-blaze their innovative style of Indigenous music. 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.

Neil Morris
Neil Morris who performs as DRMNGNOW, is a Yorta Yorta, Independent Artist based in Naarm (Melbourne). With his roots as a cultural performer, DRMNGNOW brings a striking interdisciplinary approach to his art and is known for crafting a dynamic intersection of sounds fusing indigenous singing, live instrumentation, hip hop, paradigm challenging poetry and ambient eletronic textures. In 2018 DRMNGNOW released a couple of the years most formidable singles with the potent political track ‘Australia does not exist’ followed up by ‘Indigenous land’. Both tracks recieved high critical praise locally and globally with airplay in locations including Canada , the US, and UK. DRMNGNOW is currently working on his debut album and appears set for big things in 2019.

Mojo Juju | Visit the website
Formidable. Enigmatic. Genre-defying. Fragile. Ballsy. Ambiguous. Raw.
Mojo Juju has been called many things and yet she is forever hard to define. By her own explanation, Mojo has never felt comfortable with being categorised and is increasingly deliberate in avoiding labels and defying genres. As a result, it is only in experiencing her live shows that one can begin to understand the full breadth of this dynamic artist.
‘Native Tongue’ is a fitting title for the third studio album from Mojo Juju and it is her very essence laid bare. It is raw, honest, emotional and intrinsically political. It is also brutal and relentlessly real.