Make sure you don’t miss the chance to see these amazing performances at the boomerang stage at Bluesfest this year.
Yirrmal – Saturday 12:30PM
New gen Indigenous Australian artist Yirrmal, from North-East Arnhem Land, is making a refreshing entrance into the music scene. Inspired by heroes Yothu Yindi, as a carrier of the legacy, Yirrmal fuses tradition and contemporary with class and passion. Performing as a solo artist, and with group Yirrmal & The Yolngu Boys.
Excelsior – Plus workshop (Sand Circle) – 1:30PM
We are – eXcelsior – we pay our respect’s to the Elders past and present. We’re a Performing Artist ensemble that fuse modern dance with Indigenous dance.
Leonard Sumner – Saturday 2PM
He has been called one of the most important, vital new voices of the First Nations roots music scene in Canada. In truth, Sumner could be categorised as one of the most important, vital new voices in the entire Canadian roots music scene.
Jannawi Dance Clan (Sand Circle) – 3PM
Jannawi recognises the enormous benefits gained through indigenous contemporary and traditional dance. Jannawi can go far in filling the void and providing a nexus for the strands of talent development, education and cultural identity engagement required in the young people of our community.
Emily Wurramra – Saturday 3pm
Originally from Groote Eylandt in the Northern Territory, growing up Emily loved hearing her uncles sing, but also realised that women from her community rarely sang in public. Wanting to inspire and empower members of her community, especially young Indigenous women, to find their voice, Emily sings original music both in English and Anindilyakwa, her original language.
OKA – Sunday 12:00PM
Embracing the future without losing sight of the past, OKA draws upon their indigenous connection to place and country to create their signature feelgood Australian earth sound, an irresistible blend of influences spanning house, big beat, reggae-dub, Roots, Jazz and world music.
A mashup of dance & downtempo electro beats marinated in the mystical spirit of the Dreamtime.
Airileke & Rize of the Morning Star – Sunday 1:30
Airileke and the Rize of the Morning Star are musical pioneers and fighters for freedom traversing a timeless sonic globe without frontiers. Front man Airileke [pronounced Irie-leck-eh] is a percussionist, producer, composer, activist, recording, global events facilitator and, in the words of Britain’s Songlines magazine, a “cause for celebration”
Tenzin Cheogyal and Tibetan monks – Sunday 2:30PM
Tibetan singer songwriter Tenzin Choegyal draws on his traditional Tibetan roots to create original compositions which uniquely express his musical lineage.
Tenzin’s cantering rhythms, soaring vocals and exquisite flute solos have enchanted audiences around the globe, with his most recent appearances being at WOMAD in New Zealand and alongside Philip Glass at the 2013 Tibet House Concert in New York’s Carnegie Hall.