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Message Sticks — Sing Sing

Media Release: April 19, 2006 in Arts, Dance, Indigenous, Music |

Sydney Opera House presentsAn extraordinary gathering of over twenty performers from Papua New Guinea, the Torres Strait Islands and mainland Australia, Tuesday 30 May 8pm in the Concert Hall, Sing Sing is another highlight of this years’ Message Sticks Indigenous Arts program at Sydney Opera House.

Musician, producer, song writer and composer, David Bridie, brings together Not Drowning Waving, George Telek, the Moab Stringband, Frank Yamma, Airi Ingram, Markham Galut, William Ayamseba, Djakapurra Munyarrayun and others.

This will be the international debut of the highly regarded Moab Stringband from Raluana in Papua New Guinea. String band music is strong in the cultural life of the Pacific and PNG, featuring guitars, fast bass lines, ukuleles and harmony vocals.

Papua New Guinea’s biggest rock star, Telek, has released three international albums including the acclaimed Serious Tam through Peter Gabriel’s Real World label. Hailing from Raluana village, Telek mixes traditional Tolais songs with influences from the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.

Australian band, Not Drowning Waving, has created truly adventurous, boundary-breaking contemporary music that seamlessly merges world beat, ambient influences and neo-classical elements with rock and pop.

Pitjantjatjara man, Frank Yamma, from the Central Desert, is a gifted songwriter and guitarist with an extraordinary voice. Writing and singing in his traditional language and English, the music of Frank Yamma bears influences from many parts of the world — South America, Jamaica and Africa.

Airi Ingram, whose mother’s clan is from Gabagaba village in Central Province PNG and whose father’s family is from Queensland, is an acknowledged master drummer.

Markham Galut, from the Morobe Province in PNG, is a performer and musician who brings humorous tales from the village to the big stage.

William Ayamseba is from the critically acclaimed Black Brothers, forced to live in exile from their native West Papua.

Djakapurra Munyarryun, from Yirrkala in north east Arnhem Land, has been a major figure in the Bangarra Dance Company and featured in their signature production, Ochres. Djakapurra will be joined on stage by the extraordinary dancers Jeanette Fabila, Aaron Fa’Osa, Jida Gulpilil and Dujon Nuie.

Film projections are by Tim Cole, Russel Bradley and David Bridie, featuring footage as seen on the Tabaran DVD.

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  • B Reserve: Full $50 Concession $40
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