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BIRAK CONCERT Peacemakers unite for January 26

Celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island cultures; Birak Concert will feature a stellar line up of Aboriginal entertainment at Supreme Court Gardens on Tuesday, January 26. The program showcases a diverse range of performers who will each bring their own contribution to the stage, from traditional dancers, to contemporary hip hop acts, to legendary folk songwriters and more.

The event also offers plenty of eats from food trucks on site, amusement rides and workshops for the kids, a selection of community stalls to meander through, basketball activities and an Elders Tent.

Among the highlights from the live music line up is Noongar hip hop artist, Flewnt, best known for his anthemic celebration of Noongar culture, Kya Kyana, which put him on the musical map, garnering the runner up prize for WAM Song of the Year in 2018. His follow up track, Black Boy, further boosted his status, taking out Best Song and Best Hip Hop Song at the 2019 NAIDOC Music Awards.

Also of particular note are WAM Award winning rock roots act Yabu Band (pictured) who are set release their new single Peacemaker on the day, bringing a notion of harmony to the often divisive date of January 26. The group chose to release the single on the day to acknowledge the past while simultaneously walking together towards a brighter future. “We need to remember the old way, but also walk the new way, which is towards unity and reconciliation,” said lead singer Delson Stokes. “It’s about dreaming and believing in the new dream and that’s all about helping each other to walk forward, entering 2021 and beyond.”

Following Yabu Band will be one of the Kimberley region’s most cherished musicians, Stephen Pigram. As a founding member of Broome’s The Pigram Brothers, the Western Australian Music Hall of Famer has become one of WA music’s most unique voices, in a career that stretches over nearly four decades.

Birak Concert will be hosted by Kylie Bracknell and Ernie Dingo and broadcast live by Noongar Radio.

See the full stage program below:

2pm – Welcome to Country
2.15pm – Traditional dancers
2.40pm – Lily Gogos
3pm – Sam Bennell
3.15pm – Angela Rule
3.30pm – Izzar
3.45pm – Black Barbie
4pm – Flewnt
4.15pm – Lil Mase featuring Miss NAIDOC fashion show
4.35pm – Yabu Band
5.10pm – Stephen Pigram
5.50pm – Family Shoveller Band

Birak Concert goes down at Supreme Court Gardens on Tuesday, January 26 from 2pm.

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