Just one week to go before Melbourne once again comes alive with the vibrant celebration of world, roots and Indigenous music for the Australasian World Music Expo 2009.
In it’s second year, AWME is set to take over the city streets for 3 days and nights of non-stop music from the region and beyond offering music fans one of the most eclectic public festival programs this country has to offer.
AWME 2009 LINE UP INCLUDES :: BLUE KING BROWN • ARCHIE ROACH • TOGUNA (Reunion Islands/France) • TRUE LIVE • OKA • BATUCADA SOUND MACHINE (New Zealand) • DUBMARINE • THE RED EYES with MAD PROFESSOR (UK) • DJAN DJAN (Mamadou Diabate, Bobby Singh, Jeff Lang) • SHAKURA STRINGBAND (Vanuatu) • THE LAST KINECTION • DYA SINGH (India/Australia) • MIHIRANGI (New Zealand/Australia) • THE PUBLIC OPINION AFRO ORCHESTRA featuring TUMI (South Africa) • THE PIGRAM BROTHERS • LITTLE BUSHMAN (NZ) • GRACE BARBÉ (Seychelles/Australia) • EMMA DONOVAN • NOREUM MACHI (South Korea) • MOAB STRINGBAND (Papua New Guinea) • TAMA WAIPARA (New Zealand) • SAN LAZARO • HEARTICAL HIFI OUTERNATIONAL • RICHARD MOGU (Papua New Guinea) • NARASIRATO PAN PIPERS (Solomon Islands) • KAMERUNGA • STIFF GINS • CHANT DOWN SOUND • RHOMBUS (New Zealand) • YKSON (New Caledonia) • ZULYA AND THE CHILDREN OF THE UNDERGROUND • GROUNDSWELL (Deline Briscoe, Radical Son, The Medics) • AFRO DIZZI ACT • WAY OUT WEST • TABURA (West Papua) • LAYA FILM PROJECT (India) • KARTICK & GOTAM (India/Israel) • SISTA ITATIONS feat. MC RIFRAPH • ENNIO STYLES • MR FISH • CHOOKY DANCERS • INJINOO DANCERS • SHELLIE MORRIS • VALANGHA KHOZA (South Africa/Australia) • RIA SOEMARDJO (Indonesia/Australia) • DJ DAMON (aka The Nomad) (New Zealand) PLUS MORE
For a downloadable program and more information about this years Australasian World Music Expo please visit www.awme.com.au
ALL TICKETS ON SALE NOW !
AWME 09 will feature:
Thursday night will feature a bass-heavy set by Melbourne’s authentic reggae rousers The Red Eyes, with live dub mixing by none other than the world’s leading dub technician, Mad Professor direct from the UK. They’ll be joined by twenty piece afro-beat monster band The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra and the shining star of South African hip-hop, Tumi, whose fluid rhymes echo the New York school of hip-hop melody. Deadly-award nominees Dubmarine will have you grooving into the night, along with the eclectic sounds of Kartick & Gotam, bringing worldly sounds from across the Indian Ocean.
Thursday 19 Nov | 8.00pm – late | $18 + BF | Bookings: 1300 843 4434, http://www.thehifi.com.au | The HiFi ; 125 Swanston Str Melbourne City
Saturday night’s roots laden lineup boasts an equally aurally alluring showcase with a performance by the group Santana hailed as “the voice of the street and the band of the future”, Blue King Brown. Joining them will be Toguna from the Reunion Islands, with their brilliant fusion of folk rock, reggae and acoustic soul; as well as Emma Donovan, the NSW songstress with a rich soulful voice, and YouTube sensations The Chooky Dancers. The night is rounded off with the finest freshest reggae tunes selected by Australia-wide favourites Chant Down Sound, and Sista Itations featuring MC RifRaph.
Saturday 21 Nov | 8.30pm – late | $27 + BF | Bookings: 1300 843 4434, http://www.thehifi.com.au | The HiFi ; 125 Swanston Str Melbourne City
A massive hip-hop/soul/latin-funk throw down on Sunday night to end them all. Performing on the night will be Melbourne favourites, True Live and San Lazaro, as well as the electryfying Grace Barbe, hip-hop heavies The Last Kinection, and DJ Ennio Styles and Mr Fish two of Melbourne’s finest tastemakers on the turntables.
Sunday 22 Nov | 8.30pm – late | $20 + BF | Bookings: 1300 843 4434, http://www.thehifi.com.au | The HiFi ; 125 Swanston Str Melbourne City
TRADE WINDS Presented by The Burnet Institute
A MUSICAL JOURNEY THROUGH AUSTRALIA, MELANESIA AND THE PACIFIC
CURATED BY DAVID BRIDIE
The Melbourne Recital Centre will come to life with music from the far reaches of Australia and the Pacific on Sunday 22nd November, for Trade Winds – a unique musical journey through the region.
Upon entering the doors of Melbourne’s world-class recital hall, audiences will begin a cultural voyage from the remote villages of Papua New Guinea to the rainforests of the Solomon Islands, through to the vast arid deserts of Australia and beyond.
The event is unique to Melbourne, boasting a huge lineup of artists, including traditional stringbands from Melanesia, critically acclaimed Indigenous Australian acoustic folk and roots musicians, rhythm bands from the Pacific Islands, and traditional Indigenous dance groups.
Sunday 22 November 2009
3.00pm – 7.00pm Free performances in the Salon and Foyer
7.00pm – 9.00pm Stringband Concert
Melbourne Recital Centre, Cnr Southbank Blvd & Sturt Str, Southbank
$22 + BF / $27 + BF, TICKETS ON SALE NOW ! Bookings: 03 9699 3333 http://www.melbournerecital.com.au
Also at AWME 09, as part of his album launch tour:
In 1988 much of Australia was celebrating the Bicentennial but a young Archie Roach was expressing in song what many who weren’t celebrating were feeling. For many indigenous people there was anger, despair, disadvantage, land rights battles and deaths in custody. Archie Roach dealt with this by writing songs about his own experiences and feelings – and then performing these songs to whomever would listen.
In early 1988 Paul Petran, the producer of the ABC Radio National program, Music Deli asked Archie if he would come into the ABC studio to record a few songs to play on radio. Archie agreed.
Twenty one years later Archie will present a collection of these songs and launch his new album ‘Music Deli Presents Archie Roach -1988’.
The show and the album will feature some of the first ever recordings by a young Archie Roach and will include guests Ruby Hunter and support by Dave Arden.
Saturday 21 November 2009 | 7.30pm – 9.00pm | Fairfax Studio, the Arts Centre, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne | $27 + BF | Bookings: 1300 182 183, http://www.theartscentre.com.au
AWME 09 will highlight New Zealands freshest sounds:
Creative NZ Presents: Batucada Sound Machine (New Zealand), Rhombus (New Zealand), Mihirangi (New Zealand/Australia) + DJ Damon (aka The Nomad) (New Zealand)
Batucada Sound Machine fuses a breathtaking variety of tempos, timings, beats and styles including Brazilian, funk, hip-hop, reggae and Pacific soul. BSM have developed a solid reputation for delivering blistering live performances with fine musicianship and a collective impulsiveness.
With a seamless blend of hip-hop, soul, funk, dub and bass roots-reggae, spliced together with socially conscious lyrics, Rhombus have forged a well-deserved reputation as one of New Zealand’s most original and energetic live acts.
Singing in Maori and English with an extraordinary vocal range of power & expression, Mihirangi creates her own band sound ‘live’ in front of her audience using a loop pedal to form phat solid bass lines and intricately layered harmonies, rhythmic ‘ska’ chops and sensuous jazzy riffs.
DJ Damon perhaps better known as The Nomad, one of New Zealand’s most prominent electronica artists has been spinning tunes and ramming dance floors for the past 19 years.
Friday 20 November 2009 | 9.00pm- 1.00am | BlackBox, The Arts Centre, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne | $15 + BF | Bookings: 1300 182 183, http://www.theartscentre.com.au
Creative NZ Presents: Little Bushman (New Zealand), Tama Waipara (New Zealand)
Little Bushman consists of consummate performers who make sixties-influenced, psychedelic and blues-infused music with a distinct New Zealand roots flavour. The band has a reputation for electrifying live performances, blending beautiful, layered songs with extraordinary improvisational skills.
Tama Waipara is a groundbreaking singer/songwriter whose vocals are sweetly soulful, possessing a distinctive intonation inspired by a wealth of legendary song stylists and balladeers like George Benson, Bill Withers, Donny Hathaway and Nina Simone.
Saturday 21 November 2009 | 3.30pm – 5.00pm | BlackBox, The Arts Centre, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne | $10 at the door, subject to availability