BREC & The Phil Walleystack Indigenous Arts Foundation present
Yarning Singing – a Showcase of Indigenous Talent.
Hosted by Australian legend Ernie Dingo the concert features performances by artists Sam B, Miss Genius, Warangka Band and Phil Walleystack.
Ernie Dingo AM
Ernie Dingo AM has earned enormous respect as a performer capable of extraordinary versatility. His talents as an actor, television host, reporter and comedian have made him one of Australia’s best known and most loved performers. Ernie is a passionate advocate for his people and is vigilant about the portrayal of Aboriginal people in film and television. He has won numerous awards and accolades and in 1997 was declared one of Australia’s Top 100 “national living treasures”. In 1990, Ernie was awarded the General Division of the Order of Australia by Her Majesty the Queen. In 1994, he was voted “Aboriginal of the Year” by the NAIDOC Committee and “Personality of the Year” by the Australian Caption Centre. In 2004 he was again recognised for his work when he was awarded the Deadly Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Film and Television’. He was awarded the 1999 People’s Choice Award for ‘Favourite TV presenter’
His film, theatre and television credits are extensive, and include but certainly not limited to the following: film: The Fringe Dwellers (1985), Tudawali (1987), Crocodile Dundee II (1987), and Bran Nue Dae (2009); television: ‘Going Places with Ernie Dingo’, ‘Mystery Road’, Redfern Now, ‘Who Do You Think You Are’, ‘Fast Forward’, ’The Great Outdoors’; Theatre: Bran Nue Dae, Jack Davis Dreamers, Waltzing the Wilarra.
Singer-songwriter Phil Walleystack is a Noongar man raised in Country Western Australia. Phil has been performing since he was a child, and is an accomplished performing artist, and musician.
Phil’s performances are a cultural fusion of country/pop/rock with traditionally inspired contemporary sounds.
Phil has performed in the USA, Middle East, Germany, France, China, Indonesia and Malaysia and after ten years touring internationally Phil has the ability to connect with every member of an audience with his raw talent and unique style of storytelling and humour.
Driven by a passion for entertaining, Phil’s unique and powerful performance – combining the past and present through a truly exciting experience, is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat. His harmonious mix of melodies have enchanted and captivated audiences the world over.
Born and raised in WA, Sam B has been rapping for almost 10 years. He made his debut performance at the 2020 Birak Concert, went on to release a debut music video in July 2020 and has released another four music videos since then. An up and coming hip hop poet, Sam’s soft smooth tone, hard hitting lyrics and beats are the voice for the next generation of Aboriginal youth.
“A deft flow, sharp lyrical danger and meticulous beat selection is MissGenius. A First Nations hip hop MC and soul vocalist, MissGenius is a Maduwongga and Noongar woman who grew up in WA.
An artist who has written songs for herself since 2015, MissGenius uses music as a tool for strength and peace drawing from her life experiences. Convinced to play her first live show in 2018 as part of a West Australian Music’s (WAM) Goldfields Esperance Touring Circuit in April, she has since released five tracks.
A previous public speaking and confidence coach for young indigenous women through the Goolarri Media program Goldfields Girl/Kimberley Girl, a mentor in the Kimberley region for at risk youth, and a previous AIME Mentor in the Goldfields region, MissGenius hasn’t always lived the lollipops and sunshine life. She shares her life experiences and overcoming those difficult times through these programs, and through her music, most recently working with groups at the Goldfields Rehabilitation Services Inc.
MissGenius’ single that was released in November 2019, ‘I Don’t Wanna Be’ with RADA Studios legends Matt Gio and Dan Carroll. ‘I Don’t Wanna Be’ is a track that displays MissGenius’ profound vocal tone and addresses the internal turmoil many feel around normative societal expectations – “Sometimes I wanna be thick, but then I wanna be thin”. ‘I Don’t Wanna Be’ has taken out the Song of the Year Award – presented by ACT-COMMIT-BELONG in the category of Outstanding Indigenous for 2020.
Since the end of 2018 MissGenius has made noise around WA, she performed at WAMFest 2018, Bunuru Festival 2019 – Yagan Square, Briggs’ Bad Apples (Perth Festival 2020),
smashed her performance and won the Emerging Artist award at Nannup Festival 2020, RTRFM ‘In the Pines’ 2020, and it didn’t stop there as she returned to the most popular music event, Nannup Music Festival 2021 and drew her crowds in with her amazing storytelling and demanding yet beautiful stage presence.
MissGenius’ most recent achievements are winning ‘Best Indigenous Act’ – presented by Nannup Music Festival 2020 at the West Australian Music Awards, and her latest track “Rep
WARANGKA (to sing in Noongar): storytelling at its best, through easy listening music and song.
Warangka will take you on a journey into the past and through to the present depicting the lifestyle of the Noongar people accompanied with the unique sound of three-part harmonies.
A family band from the Southwest of WA residing in Bunbury who are made up of two generations singing together with the haunting sounds of originals that showcase the unique flavour of Noongar story telling through song.
Warangka material has touched the hearts of many with the ability to share Noongar histories, culture, and language to all who they meet.
The band has been around expanding over 20 years of performing around the great southern and the metro areas. In 2008 WARANGKA won the song of year taking out 3 categories Folk, Regional and Country Western.
WARANGKA has given a voice to the Noongar people and given them a chance to tell their story in song. The band are currently recording an album and hope to launch it in the new year.
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