KLUB KOORI | MEDIA RELEASE
June 7, 2017
Klub Koori, a vibrant presentation of unique Aboriginal live music performances, returns to Carriageworks on Thursday 6 July in 2017 with an all female line-up headlined by the award-winning Casey Donovan. Showcasing emerging and established Aboriginal musicians, the line-up includes Jess Beck, Mi-Kaisha Masella and Thaylia.
Presented in partnership by Carriageworks and Koori Radio 93.7FM, Klub Koori coincides with NAIDOC Week 2017. Themed ‘Our Languages Matter’, NAIDOC Week and Klub Koori celebrate the importance, resilience and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.
The 2017 line-up includes:
– Australian Idol winner Casey Donovan
– Sydney-based artist Jess Beck of indie/pop band Pirra
– 16 year old songstress Mi-Kaisha Masella who has been featured on The Voice Kids and The Sapphires movie
– Electonic-folk singer-songwriter-producer Thaylia
Klub Koori is a regular event produced by Sydney’s only Aboriginal community radio station, Koori Radio 93.7FM, with strong community support, providing both established artists and young emerging artists the opportunity to perform, sharing their stories and culture with Carriageworks’ large and diverse audience. Klub Koori promotes the significant capabilities of Indigenous musicians and advocates for a broader appreciation of Aboriginal arts and culture.
Klub Koori provides a gathering place that welcomes all supporters and community to engage with contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music and offers an opportunity for people to join in celebrating Australia’s rich Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture.
Klub Koori will also be broadcast live on Koori Radio 93.7FM and streamed via www.kooriradio.com
Thu 6 July, 7pm
Casey Donovan, a Gumbaynggirr and Dungari woman, is one of Australia’s most versatile Indigenous Entertainers. After a meteoric rise to fame at the age of 16, she became the youngest ever winner of Australian Idol. Over the last thirteen years, Donovan has made her mark not only as a musician, but on the stage in musical theatre and as a television presenter, emcee, and author. Donovan is a multi-award winner and nominee, including an ARIA No #1 Award for Listen with Your Heart and Deadly Awards for Best Album, Best Single and Most Promising New Talent. Donovan has played roles in several musical theatre productions including The Sapphires, Flowerchildren and We Will Rock You.
Donovan lends her name and support to a number of charitable and non-profit organisations in her roles as Ambassador for APRA/AMCOS, Advocate for the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence, advocate for National Indigenous Ear Health Campaign and as one of the founding members of the New South Wales Indigenous Chamber of Commerce.
Jess Beck is the lead singer of Sydney indie/pop band Pirra, who have been performing together for the past six years with appearances at Woodford Folk Festival and Sydney Opera House’s Homeground Festival. A Luritja woman from the area south-west of Alice Springs, Beck was a 2010 Deadly Award nominee for Most Promising New Talent in Music. Beck’s heritage is irrevocably intertwined with the history of black and white relations over the last
century. The great-granddaughter of an Irish station owner, Beck’s grandmother was stolen from her family in Central Australia aged four and transported to Croker Island, north of Darwin. Beck’s mother was then forcibly adopted out at birth. Beck discovered her family heritage at an early age when her mother and grandmother were reunited in the late 1980s.
Mi-Kaisha Masella is a singer/songwriter of Tongan and Dharaumbal Murri heritage. By the age of 11 Mi-Kaisha was featured as a recording artist on The Sapphires movie, and following on from this was on The Voice Kids, has been played on Triple J Unearthed and has a long list of performances under her belt. She has also won numerous singing competitions. The Sydney student plays the piano and accompanies herself when she performs her own compositions.
Thaylia is a singer-songwriter-producer that has performed at some of Australia’s finest venues including Sydney Opera House for Homeground Festival (2014), Sydney Conservatorium of Music for Our Music Festival (2014), Happy Yess for Launch @ Youth Week Festival (2014) in Darwin and One Movement Festival (2009). Thaylia is of Greek/Aboriginal heritage and was born in Darwin and raised in WA. Her childhood years was spent in a small outback town called Kununurra in the far north Kimberley’s of Western Australia and then she moved to Perth when she was 12. Growing up she never had any music lessons and it wasn’t until the age of 23 when she discovered her passion of music and picked up an instrument for the very first time.
ABOUT KOORI RADIO / GADIGAL INFO SERVICE:
Produced by Gadigal Information Service, Koori Radio is currently enjoying its 23nd year of broadcasting. Koori Radio broadcasts seven days a week, featuring a diverse range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music programing. Gadigal Information Service also produce the annual Yabun event in Sydney, held on the 26th of January, and regular Klub Koori concerts and Young Black and Deadly talent development workshops.