Sat, 4 Nov
2:20pm – 10pm
Wauwi (Light Square), Adelaide
We are thrilled that Natasha Wanganeen and Kevin Kropinyeri will MC Concert Day!
2:20pm | Eddie Peters and Friends
Singer songwriter Eddie Peters bring his own unique brand of Islander music to the stage with a mixture of traditional Torres Strait Islander music through to his own original compositions. Famous for his song ‘Tamilla’ which won International World Music Best Song in 2008, Eddie has been a pillar of his local community in Adelaide for more than 25 years, enriching the lives of both Nunga and broader community through music and dance. His impressive career has seen him speak at the International Ethnomusicology Conference in Mexico, visit China to perform for the China Australia Entrepreneurs Association, and appear at WOMADelaide, the Yeperenye Federation Festival, and Japan’s International Friendship Festival.
3:10pm | Allan Sumner & Kupurlu – Sea Water Band
3:50pm | Nathan May
Nathan’s debut EP Reflections shared an introspective journey through his last few years and couldn’t have been a better introduction to the emerging artist. While he plans to release his first full length album in 2018, he has already gone from strength to strength, playing the Semaphore Music Festival, Ruby Awards Night and the last few Adelaide Fringe Festivals.
A descendent of the Arabana (SA), Yawuru (WA) and Marridjabin (NT) clans, he holds an Advanced Diploma in Aboriginal Studies in Music, is studying a Bachelor of Music with the Elder Conservatorium and has worked widely with a number of prominent Aboriginal musicians.
4:30pm| Jessica Wishart
Jessica Wishart is a young Bidjara woman who writes and performs songs inspired by her love of music, family and culture. She is a storyteller whose songs take elements of country, folk and soul, weaving them into deeply personal tales which capture and express her unique experience as an Aboriginal woman, a daughter and a mother.
In 2017 she recorded her debut EP, working with John Baker and Nancy Bates. She comes off recent performances at Tandanya’s Survival Day concert and Adelaide Fringe Festival, and is one of two artists in Nexus Arts’ Creative Pathways development program for ATSI contemporary musicians.
5pm | Uncle Stevie Goldsmith Tribute Ceremony led by Jamie Goldsmith
6pm | Karnage N Darknis featuring DJ Encore
Karnage N Darknis are a hip-hop duo from Alice Springs who have been writing and performing since 2008. Karnage (Tristrum Watkins) is a Western Arrernte man from Hermannsburg. Darknis (Corinna Hall) is a Ngarrindjera/Kokatha woman from Raukkan, South Australia and Ceduna.
Their first hit ‘Only Tha Strong Survive’ was the title track from their debut album released in 2010. Since then they have performed at festivals across Australia and have supported artists including Paul Kelly, Coloured Stone, No Fixed Address, Archie Roach, Jessica Mauboy, as well as hip-hop legends like Naughty by Nature, Bone Thugs, Ja Rule, Scribe, Savage, K-rino and Outlaws.
6:50pm | Gail Page
With one of the biggest voices in the business, Gail’s earth-shattering vocals leave audiences reeling. Seeing her music as a ‘sacred’ place she draws inspiration from her Aboriginal and Irish heritage, as well as her lifetime of experience, creating work that speaks with undeniable authenticity.
Gail had early success playing with some of Sydney’s best musicians back in the 90s when she joined Parris Macleod’s band The Mix. But her career has really bloomed since she and Parris co-wrote Colours That Run in 2007. She has since picked up Australian Blues ‘Chain’ Awards for Best Female Artist, Best New Artist and Best Producer.
7:40pm | Kutcha Edwards
Fusing soulful music and a rich, powerful voice with his personal story, Kutcha’s songs reflect on life as an Aboriginal man in white Australia. His deep and rhythmic tones are that of a storyteller whose inspiring songs are full of passion and spirit that evoke a connection to an intimate and resilient Songline.
Kutcha began his solo career in 2001 and has since produced four albums including the recently released ‘Beneath the Surface’. He has staged two theatre productions, Songlines of a Mutti Mutti Man and yuyukath’, and has received multiple awards over the years, most recently the 2016 Melbourne Prize for Music.
8:30pm | Seeka & Tahu Dubs, DJ Rodrigo
Melbourne based Torres Strait Islander, raised in FNQ. Seeka’s work draws inspiration from around the globe and fuses it with his own traditional culture. He views his craft in a similar way his ancestors have been, passing down stories for generations – art for your ears, music for your soul. Performing with Tahu Dubs an artist from Aotearoa New Zealand and Rodrigo K, a Brazilian DJ/producer, member of SOMV, resident in Melbourne.
9:10pm | Rochelle Pitt
Rochelle has been singing since she was kid. With roots in churches and choirs in Far North Queensland, her long journey has forged a powerful voice that celebrates the strength, beauty and love within all of us. In her early twenties she had breakout success with her seminal EP Black to Reality, an uplifting and inspirational ode to her first nation people. The conviction of her live performances leaves audiences almost breathless, and in recent years she’s found mainstream success and the adoration of the nation as she went from Nurse and Mother to star on Australia’s X Factor.