Celebrating NAIDOC week
The history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples will be celebrated with an afternoon , evening of first nation artists. NAIDOC Week is celebrated by all Australians and is a great opportunity to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
The NAIDOC 2021 theme – Heal Country! calls for all of us to continue to seek greater protections for our lands, our waters, our sacred sites and our cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction.
Troy Jungaji Brady keeps cultural fires burning through his lyrics and music, sharing these stories around the world. The Western GuGu Yelanji and Birri Gubba song man shares his stories of country, love and law in language and through contemporary music.
Currently touring as a feature artist with Black Arm Band as well as performing as a solo artist, Troy is a constant troubadour. In the past 18 months he has toured Canada, USA, Hawaii, the east coast of Australia and performed at Brisbane Festival, Quandamooka Festival as well as debuting on the stage with the award-winning Barbara and the Campdogs at Belvoir Theatre Company.
Outside gigging, Troy works as a mentor creating new art through Australia to empower people through music as a healing and connection tool.
Forging a career over 20 years, he led a number of bands before hitting out on his own, his current music exploring language and connection to the country of his ancestors north of Cairns and Proserpine.
Troy is constantly traversing the line between family and fortune, while keeping simultaneous fires burning by respecting ancient culture and staying strong today.
His work shines with underlying tones of great soul vocals informed by a life of reggae, funk, rock and R&B inspiration.
Rochelle Pitt is Noonuccal, Kalkadoon and Erubian descent who started singing and performing at a young age in the churches and choirs of Far North Queensland. Her long journey has forged a powerful voice that celebrates the strength, beauty and love within all of us.
Toni Janke is an Australian soul singer. She is a mother of two, a lawyer and was Australia’s youngest indigenous university graduate. She won a Deadly in 2002 for Female Artist of The Year Janke has Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Malay, Islander and Filipino heritage.
Acoustic drum and hand percussion)
The show ‘Heal County’ will be the 4 songwriters in a round robin set up, accompanied by Linus, playing a mixer of original material, and we’ll known covers by Nationally and Internationally recognised Indigenous artists e.g. Archie Roach, Kevin Carmedy, Joe Geia, Christine Anu, etc.
The artists will talk about their inspiration to why they wrote their songs on the theme of Healing Country and why they choose their particular cover song to play and why they were inspired by the Indigenous artist.
When: Sun 4 July
Venue: Woolly Mammoth
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