Klub Koori will return to Carriageworks in July 2018 to celebrate the importance, resilience and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. Presented by Carriageworks and Koori Radio 93.7FM, Klub Koori showcases emerging and established Indigenous musicians. Headlining are multi-lingual electro-soul duo Electric Fields who create a striking merging of living traditional culture with electronic music, and stirring soul singer, Kaiit, with Dwayne Broome, Chloe Grant-King and Kakyra Ocean.
The award-winning Electric Fields will present a moving and intimate set. The Adelaide duo is comprised of Zaachariaha Fielding, who often sings in his traditional language Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara, and music producer and composer Michael Ross. Electric Fields music ranges from soulful pop to epic-scale electronic works through to intimate story-songs. Within a year of their debut EP release, the band received the APRA Emily Burrows Award, performed in China and Scotland by invitation and played the New Year’s Eve event at Adelaide’s Elder Park to an audience of over 40,000. In 2017 they won Live Act of the Year and Live Voice of the Year for singer Zaachariaha Fielding in the National Live Music Awards and New Talent of the Year in the National Indigenous Music Awards. They have performed at WOMADelaide, Perth Festival, Tarnanthi, MONA FOMA, the Matasora World Music Festival in Indonesia and most recently Sydney Opera House for Vivid Sydney 2018.
Born in Papua New Guinea, Kaiit bounced back and forth between Australia and her homeland as a child before her family eventually settled down in southeast Melbourne. She grew up listening to alternative music, with her parents embracing the likes of Pink Floyd. Kaiit is blessed with a voice that crosses musical boundaries. Her love for jazz and neo-soul is evident in her music, drawing upon inspiration from idols Amy Winehouse, Lauryn Hill and the contemporary sounds of Noname Gypsy and SZA. Kaiit’s artistic background in both beauty and fashion is apparent in her inimitable style and edgy aesthetic. She was featured on TripleJ’s Unearthed and was involved in the Arts Centre Melbourne’s flagship hip-hop and urban music mentoring program Dig Deep where she met mentor Momo from Diafrix. Her 2017 video for Natural Woman was described by Purple Sneakers as ‘effortlessly cool’ and by Rolling Stone as ‘jam-packed with soul’.
Klub Koori is a regular event produced by Sydney’s only Aboriginal community radio station, Koori Radio 93.7FM. With strong community support the event provides 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 talent of Indigenous musicians and advocates for a broader appreciation of Aboriginal arts and culture.